Theresa Martin

Theresa Martin (b. 1979) is a composer of energetic, melodious, and rhythmically driven music. She often draws her inspiration from literature, images, nature, and personal experiences. She enjoys writing chamber music, and, given her expertise in clarinet performance, is frequently commissioned to write for the instrument. Dr. Martin’s music has been heard throughout the U.S., and has been performed in Canada, Great Britain, Sweden, China, and Taiwan. She has been commissioned by clarinetists Robert Spring, Jana Starling, Anne Watson, Yenting Chuang, Wesley Ferreira, Matthew Miracle, and Andrew Hudson as well as tuba player Sam Pilafian, oboist Michele Fiala, bassoonist Albie Michlick, the Barnett Foundation of Chicago, and the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. Her music has been recognized by the American Composer’s Forum (2004), the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer's Competition (2005), and NACUSA Young Composer’s Competition (2006), and has been performed at the International Clarinet Association’s “Clarinetfest” (2007-08, 2010), Aspen Music Festival (2007), Sewanee Summer Music Festival (2010), Midwest Composer’s Symposiums (2006-07), Society of Composers National Conferences in Texas, Arizona, and West Virginia (2005-06), and the American Composer’s Alliance Summer Music Festival in New York (2004). Studying both composition and clarinet performance, she completed her DMA in composition at the University of Michigan, where she studied composition with Michael Daugherty, William Bolcom, and Evan Chambers and clarinet with Deborah Chodacki. She received two masters degrees from Arizona State University in 2004, studying composition with Randall Shinn, James DeMars, Rodney Rogers, and Jody Rockmaker and clarinet with Robert Spring. She currently resides in Appleton, WI with her husband, Josh, and her son, Aidan.