Gregory R. Wanamaker
Over the past several years musicians and critics alike have praised Gregory Wanamaker's (b. 1968) music as "compelling," "outstanding," "cutting-edge," "skillful," and "a technical tour de force" in publications including Fanfare, American Record Guide, and Audiophile Audition.
In demand as a composer of solo, chamber, and orchestral music, Wanamaker's music has been commissioned and performed throughout the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia by groups such as the PRISM Quartet, Trujillo Symphony Orchestra, Capitol Quartet, Timothy McAllister, Robert Spring, Christopher Creviston, Oren Fader, The Western Plains Wind Band Consortium, Masato Kumoi Saxophone Quartet, The MAVerick Ensemble, The West Point Saxophone Quartet, The Gregg Smith Singers, The Mana Trio, Deborah Bish, Ensemble Radieuse, Steven Rickards, The Three Reeds Duo, and The Society for New Music.
The 2011 Commissioned Composer for the Syracuse-based Society for New Music, Wanamaker's multimedia collaboration with visual artist Carrie Mae Weems, A Story Within a Story, was supported in part by a National Endowment for the Arts 2011 Access to Artistic Excellence Grant. He also is the recipient of a 2012 Individual Artist Commission from The New York State Council on the Arts and 16 consecutive standard awards from ASCAP in addition to awards from the National Association of Composers/USA and Britten-On-The-Bay.
Wanamaker has several recorded works on the Innova, Albany, Centaur, KCM, Mark Custom, White Pine and Summit labels.
Wanamaker is currently Professor of Composition and Theory at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. He studied composition with William Averitt and Thomas Albert at Shenandoah University, and with Ladislav Kubík at The Florida State University School of Music.
Gregory Wanamaker publishes his own works, which are available exclusively through his website: www.gregorywanamaker.com.