Robert Ceely turned 82 last week, and on January 13 he and Jonatha celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary. Congratulations and Happy Birthday to one of ACA's most cherished longtime members. His electronic work, ONTOGENY, which was performed at the ACA festival last June, was presented again in October in the legendary Jordan Hall of the New England Conservatory. His acoustic realization for quartet of the electronic work, METAMIR, was performed in 2009 at Symphony Space, with Carol McGonnell, bass clarinet. Click on links to see more info/hear audio excerpts. Recently, Bob finished a new work, Variations for Chamber Orchestra.
Ceely attended the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Francis Cooke and completed further studies with Darius Milhaud and Leon Kirchner at Mills College, with Roger Sessions, and with Edward Cone and Milton Babbitt at Princeton University. From 1963-64, he composed music in the Electronic Music Studio in Milan. His opera, “Automobile Graveyard”, after a play by Fernando Arrabal, was presented at the New England Conservatory in 1995, the same year in which he was honored with an Outstanding Alumni Award. He retired from teaching in 2003 and presently devotes his time and energy to composition.