Elizabeth Kennedy Bayer is an internationally performed and award-winning American composer living in Phoenix, AZ. Her recent focus has been on chamber works with participatory elements. “For Sterling”, a work for 2 voices, violin, toy piano, and audience member was workshopped and premiered at the 2016 Toronto Creative Music Lab with wild success. Elizabeth also engages in site-specific and open score works, most recently with The Museum of Walking, an educational resource center in Phoenix committed to the advancement of walking as an art practice. Her current projects include commissions from Meerenai Shim (flute + live electronics), Katherine Woosley (oboe + fixed media), and working with Indra, a “software platform for real-time music composition for live performers” written by composer Drake Andersen.
Elizabeth is the musical director of the OME House Band, an open-score ensemble available to a wide range of musicians committed to performing and creating works for non-traditional venues around Phoenix.
Elizabeth’s work as an arts administrator spans almost 5 years running Oh My Ears, a new music and community oriented nonprofit dedicated to the creating of new music and community connection through musically engaging experiences. Oh My Ears is a New Music USA Project Grant awardee for 2016 and a Creative Economy Grant awardee for their 2017 Marathon Concert.
Elizabeth received her undergraduate degree in composition from Baylor University in Waco, TX in 2008 and her Masters in Music Composition from Arizona State University in 2010. She has studied with Gabriela Lena Frank, Roshanne Etezady, Glenn Hackbarth, Rodney Rogers, Chris Theofanidis, and Scott McAllister. She has continued her studies with entrepreneurship programs at ASU and Co+HOOTS.
Her works can be heard on the album Quintets produced by the highSCORE Festival and Sonic flux, produced by EMPiRES. Scores can be purchased through Tradurre Musica.
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