American composer Tom Myron was born November 15, 1959 in Troy, NY. His compositions have been commissioned and performed by the Kennedy Center, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Portland Symphony Orchestra, the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra, the Atlantic Classical Orchestra, the Eastern Connecticut Symphony Orchestra, the Topeka Symphony, the Yale Symphony Orchestra, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Bangor Symphony and the Lamont Symphony at Denver University.
He works regularly as an arranger for the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, writing for singers Rosanne Cash, Kelli O'Hara, Maxi Priest & Phil Stacey, the Young People's Chorus of New York City, the band Le Vent du Nord & others. His film scores include Wilderness & Spirit; A Mountain Called Katahdin and the upcoming Henry David Thoreau; Surveyor of the Soul, both from Films by Huey.
Individual soloists and chamber ensembles that regularly perform Myron's work include violinists Peter Sheppard-Skaerved, Elisabeth Adkins & Kara Eubanks, violist Tsuna Sakamoto, cellist David Darling, the Portland String Quartet, the DaPonte String Quartet and the Potomac String Quartet.
Tom Myron's Violin Concerto No. 2 has been featured twice on Performance Today. Tom Myron lives in Northampton, MA. His works are published by MMB Music Inc.
FREE DOWNLOADS of music by TOM MYRON
Symphony No. 2
Violin Concerto No. 2
The Soldier's Return (String Quartet No. 2)
Katahdin (Greatest Mountain)
Contact featuring David Darling
Mille Cherubini in Coro featuring Lee Velta
This Day featuring Andy Voelker
Thursday, April 28, 2005
Twelve or thirteen years ago, when I first started getting performances, I was asked to write an "artist's statement" (I forget why.) Today I found a copy of it during a massive studio cleaning-
My music comes from my experience of the world around me and the people in it. I believe that the creation and performance of music is a social activity with the power to civilize. I believe that it is one of the most profound expressions of our shared humanity.
Since music can only exist in time it should never waste time. For this reason I believe that a composer must strive constantly for the greatest possible understanding of and fluency with his chosen materials. I try to write music that is follow-able without being predictable. This to me is the essence of originality (as opposed to novelty.)
The qualities that I admire most in a piece of music are intelligence, energy, sonic beauty, humor, wit and compassion. Style is important only in so far as it is an honest manifestation of the composer's desire to communicate with his listeners. In fact, I believe when it comes to really good music, there are no styles, only people.
For all that I now understand about how the world really operates, I can honestly say that, if called upon, I'd be willing to let this stand. Put another way, I'd like to think I'm a better composer now, but still the same guy.