Christopher Auerbach-Brown (b. 1970) “This is a composer to watch; he might just shake things up with a musical trainwreck.” - New Music Connoisseur Mr. Auerbach-Brown received his BM in Composition from Ithaca College where his major teachers were Dana Wilson and Gregory Woodward. He went on to complete his MM in Composition at the Cleveland Institute of Music, studying with Donald Erb. His String Quartet was also premiered by the Cavani Quartet at Weill Hall in December of 1997.
In 1998 Mr. Auerbach-Brown was the recipient of a Charles Ives Scholarship given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters to “composition students of great promise.” In the Cleveland area, Mr. Auerbach-Brown is active as an educator, teaching music theory and composition at the Cleveland Music School Settlement, teaching classes in the Liberal Arts department at the Cleveland Institute of Art, and instructing Electronic Music courses at Lakeland Community College. His classes at CIA focus on the connections between contemporary music and sound art with the visual arts. Most recently, Mr. Auerbach-Brown was commissioned by the Finger Lakes Music Educators' Association to compose a work for orchestra, premiered in January 2008.
His arrangements of Hasu Patel's works for sitar and orchestra will be performed by the Doctors' Orchestra of Houston (Texas), and by the Plymouth Canton Symphony (Michigan) in February and March of 2008. He is currently composing a work for alto saxophone and piano for saxophonist Idit Shner, which will be showcased at the yearly conference of the North American Saxophone Alliance in April 2008. Additionally, he is collaborating with artist Andrea Joki on an installation piece titled “Papersound,” to be shown at SPACES gallery in April 2008.
Other projects have included the commission of a work for marching band which was performed at “Parade the Circle” in Cleveland in June 2006, and a commissioned work by the Cleveland Institute of Art for their commencement ceremony in May 2005. Mr. Auerbach-Brown is a member of the Cleveland Composers’ Guild and the American Composers’ Alliance, and is the co-director of ArtQuest, an organization dedicated to providing high quality arts programs in Cleveland area schools.