Christopher Auerbach-Brown

Biography

“This is a composer to watch; he might just shake things up with a musical trainwreck.” -New Music Connoisseur

Christopher Auerbach-Brown (b.1970) 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. He has studied conducting with Steven Smith, former associate conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra and conductor of the Cleveland Chamber Symphony.

            Mr. Auerbach-Brown received his first composition award in college, when he won the New York State Federation of Music Clubs’ Composition Competition with his first piece, a two-movement work for french horn and piano. He was awarded an ASCAP Young Composers’ Award in 1996 for his Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano; later that year he attended June in Buffalo, an intensive one-week seminar for composers and performers of contemporary music. The Trio received its New York premiere in September of 1999 in Weill Recital Hall, on the Vector 5 contemporary music series. 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.”

            Mr. Auerbach-Brown has been commissioned by such notable institutions and performers as the Cleveland Institute of Art, percussionist Donald Miller of the Cleveland Orchestra, the Finger Lakes Music Educators' Association, Parade the Circle, the Music Settlement, the No Exit ensemble, and the Cleveland Boy Choir. Musicians and ensembles who have performed his music include the Playground Ensemble (Denver, CO), guitarist Jason Vieaux (Cleveland, OH), the Sirius String Quartet (New York, NY), saxophonist Andy Carpenter (Chicago, IL), clarinetist Laura Sabo (Cincinnati, OH) clarinetist Amy Advocat (New York, NY) and flautist Carrie Rose (Washington, D.C.). His arrangements of Hasu Patel's works for sitar and orchestra were performed by the Doctors' Orchestra of Houston (Texas), and by the Plymouth Canton Symphony (Michigan).

            Additionally, Mr. Auerbach-Brown is active as a sound artist, curator, performer and music educator. His installation Boundaries was presented at SPACES Gallery in November 2011, and he curated a sound art exhibition titled Apopheny-Epiphany at SPACES in May 2014. He teaches music theory and composition at The Music Settlement and is an adjunct instructor at Lakeland Community College and the Cleveland Institute of Art. His classes at CIA focus on the connections between contemporary music and sound art with the visual arts, and he leads courses in electronic music at LCC. He plays alto saxophone, musical saw, melodica, and throat sings in the chamber collective The Trepanning Trio.

             Mr. Auerbach-Brown is a member of the Cleveland Composers’ Guild and is published by the American Composers’ Alliance. He lives in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife, son, daughter and cat who acts like a guard dog.

ACE Publications

26 title(s)
Composer Title SCORING/INSTRUMENTATION Year
Christopher Auerbach-Brown SALT OVER YOUR SHOULDER solo violin
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Christopher Auerbach-Brown STRING QUARTET No. 2 string quartet
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Christopher Auerbach-Brown JC Is Not God (Homage to John Cage) Variable instrumentation plus synth drone
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Christopher Auerbach-Brown Tabletop Neumes Variable instrumentation
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Christopher Auerbach-Brown SOUL-SKITTER -
viola, cello, organ
Christopher Auerbach-Brown BUTTERFLY FIRE alto sax, piano
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Christopher Auerbach-Brown FANFARE FOR THREE TRUMPETS -
3 tpt - 2 in C, 1 in B flat
Christopher Auerbach-Brown SLOW WALTZES piano
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Christopher Auerbach-Brown PILLARS OF AIR -
perc, pf
Christopher Auerbach-Brown PIANO QUARTET -
violin, viola, cello, piano
Christopher Auerbach-Brown DOLPHIN Solo bass clarinet
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Christopher Auerbach-Brown DORIAN GRAY -
solo guitar
Christopher Auerbach-Brown RHAPSODY DRONE -
solo oboe, and audience voice
Christopher Auerbach-Brown SLEEPING BEAUTIFULLY, WITH STRENGTH -
pf
Christopher Auerbach-Brown EXPLORATORY -
Women's choir
Christopher Auerbach-Brown ALL THE DOMINOES FALL -
perc
Christopher Auerbach-Brown Suite for Brass Quintet -
brass quintet
Christopher Auerbach-Brown FOUR INTROSPECTIONS -
pf
Christopher Auerbach-Brown Album I Pierrot Sextet
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Christopher Auerbach-Brown PIECE OF PEACE -
solo fl
Christopher Auerbach-Brown AIRPLANE IN THE BLUE SKY -
solo glockenspiel
Christopher Auerbach-Brown String Quartet str quartet
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Christopher Auerbach-Brown MODULAR LOOPS -
tenor sax, pf
Christopher Auerbach-Brown HOW TO MEDICATE -
bass clarinet, metal percussion, fender rhodes, 8 water glass players, and white noise machine
Christopher Auerbach-Brown TRIO for Violin, Cello and Piano -
vln, vc, pf

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