Jules Pegram Biography



Jules Pegram (b. 1991) strives to compose music elegant in its construction and meticulously well-crafted, full of shimmering color, boundless energy, and an unbridled lyricism that makes it refreshingly direct. His works have been performed by the New World Symphony, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, Symphony in C, the Naples Philharmonic, and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, among others, and has been recorded by the Hollywood Studio Symphony—conducted by the composer—at Warner Bros. Studios and 20th Century Fox Studios.

Pegram’s latest work includes HIGHER GROUND—a sixty-minute opera in one act with a libretto by NC-based writer Jim Whiteside that Pegram composed, conducted, and produced in 2018—and CONCERTO FOR ALTO SAXOPHONE & WIND ENSEMBLE, written for saxophonist Andrew Harrison and recently awarded the Frederick Fennell Prize by the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP) and the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA). Upcoming projects include a new work for the fifteen wind bands of the Atlantic Coast Conference Band Directors Association, sponsored by the 2019 James E. Croft Grant for Young and Emerging Wind Band Composers.

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.

Other honors include: two ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards; selection for the Underwood New Music Readings and the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music’s Conductors/Composers Workshop; recognition in both the Indianapolis Symphony’s Marilyn K. Glick and Symphony in C’s Young Composers competitions; the Presser Foundation’s Undergraduate Scholar Award; the Sadye J. Moss Endowed Music Composition Prize; and the University of Southern California’s Discovery Scholars prize. 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 enjoys conducting. He has served as pianist for the University of Michigan Symphony Band and Contemporary Directions Ensemble, and as a Graduate Student Instructor at the University of Michigan, where he taught Music Theory and Aural Skills for both the undergraduate classical curriculum and for the Department of Musical Theatre.

Pegram received the Doctor of Musical Arts with a cognate in conducting (2018) and the Master of Music in Composition (2015) from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Evan Chambers, Michael Daugherty, Kristin Kuster, Paul Schoenfeld, and Bright Sheng. He received the Bachelor of Music in Composition summa cum laude (2013) 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 Michael Haithcock, 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. Pegram resides in Los Angeles.

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