Christopher Morgan Loy, ComposerBiography

Pullquote Whether one describes the music of Christopher Morgan Loy as a "solemn cortege floating by" or a "riveting intensity exploding into pure delight," the music touches the listener in a penetrating way. There is no escaping it. The mystery of Loy's music captures the listeners and slowly draws them in until they are completely involved. Since his debut as composer/pianist in 1978, Loy's compositions have been received with anticipation and enthusiasm. He produces annual concerts that premiere his works and present other works of new music.

Loy's career began in Detroit, Michigan where he studied piano with Russian pianist, Mischa Kottler and composition with American composer, Clark Eastham. He wrote his first compositions during this time. These works include five large-scale sonatas for piano and wind instruments. His Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, Sonata for Oboe and Piano, and Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano received critical acclaim. They continue to be performed by leading instrumentalists across the country.

Continuing his study, Loy received a bachelor's degree in piano performance from Wayne State University in Detroit and a master's degree of music in composition from the Cleveland Institute of Music. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in composition from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York where he studied composition with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, Karel Husa and composer, Steven Stucky.

Loy has been a guest composer/pianist in many venues and recital series throughout the mid-west and New York State. From 1987 - 1992, Loy was a founding director of "EPICYCLE: an ensemble for new music" based in Cleveland, OH. This organization helped to establish a significant voice for new music in Cleveland.

Since the 1980s Loy has received over 25 commissions from members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Cleveland Heights, the Sage Chapel Choir of Cornell University, and individuals. He has received grants from New York State's Meet the Composer fund, the Gund Foundation, and the Cornell Council on the Creative Arts. He was invited to attend the 1993 June in Buffalo Institute. In 1998 and 2001, he received the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program Grant to compose his Serenade and String Quartet #1. His works have been premiered in Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, New York, San Francisco, San Antonio, and Ithaca.

Loy is a member of BMI and the American Composers Alliance (ACA). Helianthus Music Publishing Company publishes his music.


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