Composer Jules Pegram (b. 1991) writes music modern in its sensibility and sophisticated in its craft, yet full of shimmering colors, boundless energy, and an unbridled lyricism that make it refreshingly direct.
In 2016, Pegram was selected to participate in both the inaugural Los Angeles Film Conducting Intensive and the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop, culminating in the conducting and recording of two new cues for orchestra at Warner Brothers Studios’ Clint Eastwood Scoring Stage and at 20th Century Fox Studios’ Newman Scoring Stage, respectively. For his work, Pegram received the 2016 ASCAP Foundation Harold Arlen Film & TV Award, presented each summer to an outstanding writer who has participated in the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop in Los Angeles.
Pegram’s SHADOWS OF THE STUDIO for Orchestra was selected for the 2015 Underwood New Music Readings, hosted by the American Composers Orchestra in New York. In 2013, Pegram’s NEON NIGHTS for Orchestra was named the winning composition in both the Marilyn K. Glick and Symphony in C Young Composers Competitions and was subsequently performed by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Symphony in C, respectively
Pegram is a recipient of The ASCAP Foundation’s 2017 Morton Gould Young Composer Award and is a 2017 BMI Student Composer Awards finalist, both for CRUSH for Eight Cellos. His VALENTINES for Soprano and Piano received Honorable Mention designation in the 2017 Art Song Composition Award competition hosted by the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). Other awards include the Presser Foundation’s Undergraduate Scholar Award, the University of Southern California’s Discovery Scholars prize, the Sadye J. Moss Endowed Music Composition Prize, and honors in the Green Dot Journey and Indiana State University’s Music Now competitions. Pegram has been recognized as an Outstanding Graduate of the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music’s Department of Composition.
Aside from composing, Pegram plays piano, conducts, and has served as pianist for the University of Michigan Symphony Band and Contemporary Directions Ensemble. In recent years, Pegram has devoted great time and energy to the study of film music history and American cinema at large, and as an Instrumental Music Teaching Assistant at the North Carolina Governor’s School has presented lectures on Hollywood film scores from the Golden Age to the present. He currently serves as a Graduate Student Instructor at the University of Michigan where he teaches Music Theory and Aural Skills for the Musical Theatre department.
Pegram received the Master of Music in Composition and is currently pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Michigan, where he has studied with Evan Chambers, Michael Daugherty, Kristin Kuster, Paul Schoenfeld, and Bright Sheng. He received the Bachelor of Music in Composition summa cum laude from the University of Southern California, where he studied with Oscar nominee Bruce Broughton, Donald Crockett, Stephen Hartke, Morten Lauridsen, Erica Muhl, Frank Ticheli, and USC Trojan Marching Band arranger Tony Fox. He has studied conducting with Jerry Blackstone, David Newman, Mark Norman, and Angel Velez, among others, classical piano with Alin Melik-Adamyan, Jeanette Fang, and Louis Nagel, and jazz piano with Ellen Rowe and Yellowjackets keyboardist Russell Ferrante.
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