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Composer of the Month February 2024: Nkeiru Okoye

Nkeiru OkoyeAmerican composer and lyricist Nkeiru Okoye has been hailed as “gripping” and “evocative” by the New York Times. A Guggenheim Fellow, and winner of The American Prize in vocal chamber music, Okoye is a Creator-in-Residence with the Louisville Orchestra for the 2023-24 season. Her music has been commissioned, performed, and presented by the Detroit Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, the Juilliard School, Baltimore Symphony, Opera North UK, Houston Grand Opera, the American Opera Project, Moscow Symphony, Tanglewood Music Festival, Virginia Symphony, Tulsa Opera, Royal Opera House, UK, and many others. Okoye believes in engaging communities through her music. She is a mentor composer for the National Association of Teachers of Singing Art Song Initiative and the American Opera Project’s Composers and the Voice program. Okoye’s piece, “Dancing Barefoot in the Rain," is immortalized by Carnegie Hall's CH monogram campaign. Her music is published exclusively through Theodore Presser.

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