The Detroit Free Press has called Trevor Weston’s music a “gently syncopated marriage of intellect and feeling”. Weston’s honors include the George Ladd Prix de Paris, the selection of his composition Bleue for the Detroit Symphony Unisys African-American Composer’s reading program, a Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the MacDowell Colony. The Boston Children’s Chorus premiered Weston’s Truth Tones in 2009 for a national television broadcast honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Weston was also honored as the first composer to be featured in the Grammy-award winning Washington Chorus’s “New Music for a New Age” concert series in 2009.
Trevor Weston’s other compositions include a 50-minute dramatic work, “4,” honoring the lives of the four girls killed in the 1963 Birmingham AL church bombing for Trilogy: An Opera Company in 2010. The Manhattan Choral Ensemble premiered Weston’s Paths of Peace in 2012 for choir and chamber orchestra using the text of the Long Island slave, Jupiter Hammond.
Dr. Weston’s musical education began at the prestigious St. Thomas Choir school in NYC at the age of ten. He received his B.A. from Tufts University and continued his studies at the University of California, Berkeley where he earned his M. A. and Ph. D. in music composition. His primary composition teachers were T. J. Anderson, Olly Wilson and Andrew Imbrie and Richard Felciano. Dr. Weston is currently an Associate Professor and chair of the Music Department at Drew University in Madison, NJ.
A work composed as a response to 9/11/ for choir and solo semi chorus. This video is a performance by the University of California, Berkeley Chamber Chorus, conducted by Marika Kuzma at Trinity Church Wall Street NYC, 5/27/13.
Fudo Myoo for String Quartet
My string quartet attempts to embody the energy, fire, and wrathful positive energy of Fudo Myoo. “The Immovable One” changes anger into salvation and frightens people to get them to this higher level of existence. My string quartet mollifies the initial energy of the work over time to arrive at a more peaceful place imbued by the opening wrathful music. Performance by the Amernet String Quartet, 12/4/12.
There is a tendency to separate morality and music instruction. Music instruction usually focuses on the notes or the historical facts. Olly Wilson’s lessons, by contrast, were holistic. He encouraged...