Orianna Webb Orianna Webb
"I believe that great art takes one outside onesself to a strange new place. The whole point of art is that it is unfamiliar (even when we know it well) -- that the artist has created a world that the listener could not have imagined. My friend Roger Zahab said once that composers don't express their emotions but their metabolisms -- the kinds and rates of deep function peculiar to them. It is this strange world that the listener enters and in which she is surprised to recognize herself. The creation and apprehension of art is the connection and mutual identification between two foreign person-hoods. It requires absolute honesty and generosity of the artist, and absolute trust (possibly not without some generosity) of the listener." --Orianna Webb
Orianna Webb's music has been described as "abound[ing] in urgent and mysterious detail" (Cleveland Plain Dealer). A native of Akron, OH, Webb holds degrees from the University of Chicago and the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) and is currently pursuing doctoral studies at the Yale School of Music. Her teachers have included Joseph Schwantner, Martin Bresnick, Margaret Brouwer, John Eaton, and Roger Zahab. She has also studied at La Schola Cantorum in Paris with Samuel Adler and Philip Lasser.
Webb's music has recently been heard at AugustArt (Raw Space Studios, NY), the Cleveland Museum of Art's AKI Festival of New Music, a memorial concert for September 11 in New Haven, CT, and the International Double Reed Society. Her awards and honors include a First Prize in the International Alliance for Women in Music's Search for New Music, the Victor Herbert/ASCAP Award, the Devora Nadworney Prize for Vocal Writing from the National Federation of Music Clubs, the International Trombone Association Composition Competition Prize, the Darius Milhaud Award, the Donald Erb Prize for Composition, and the Olga and Paul Menn Foundation Prize from the University of Chicago. Webb's music has been performed by the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra (COYO), the CIM New Music Ensemble, the University of Akron New Music Group/Daedalus, the Mostly Modern Chamber Music Society, the Music2000 Festival, and the Ohio & Erie Canal Opera Project, and commissioned by Chamber Music at Historic St. Peter's (Philadelphia), the Akron Art Museum, COYO, and numerous soloists. Her music has also been featured on Cleveland's WCLV.

Webb has taught music theory at Yale University and theory and composition at the CIM Preparatory Division, and is co-director of the Young Composers Program at CIM and OPYN Arts. She sat on a panel on "Composition Today" with composers Pierre Boulez and Marc-Andre Dalbavie sponsored by Case Western Reserve University. Webb studied piano with Nicolas Constantinidis and Ethel Burke, and bassoon with Georgia Peeples. She is a member of ASCAP.


Apparitions (2001) piano
For Jack (2000) piano
Movement for Solo 'Cello (1999) 'cello
Line Study for Horn (1997) horn
Mosaic: Four Pieces for Bassoon and Piano (2001) Bassoon and piano
Nocturne for Clarinet and Violoncello (2001) Clarinet and Violoncello
Sonata for Viola and Piano (2000) Viola and piano
Two Masks at the Temple Door (1998) violin , violoncello,
Three Studies for Trumpet, Trombone, and Piano (2001) Trumpet, Trombone, and piano
Deep in the Woods (1998) mezzo-soprano, oboe, bassoon, harp, violin,viola, double bass
Sequence Dreams: Five Bagatelles for Violin, Marimba, and Glass Instruments (1999/2000) Violin, Marimba, and Glass Instruments
Blue All Around (1997) clarinet, violin, viola, violoncello, piano
The Light Beams and Breaks (1996) string nonet (3vln, 3vla, 3vcl)
Xylem (2002) orchestra (3333 4331 timp 3perc hp pno str)
Being and Becoming (2000) orchestra (3333 4331 timp 3perc hp str)
Unearthing (2002) electronic media

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