Clint Needham – Composer

The music of Clint Needham has been described as “wildly entertaining” and “stunning… brilliantly orchestrated” by the New York Times, as well as “well-crafted and arresting… riveting” by the Herald Times.  He recently served as the Knight Foundation Composer in Residence with the Akron Symphony where he collaborated with the City of Akron on a 30-miniute multimedia work for orchestra. He previously served as the Mellon Composer/Educator in Residence and the Music Alive: New Partnerships Composer in Residence with the Albany Symphony for two seasons. 

Needham’s orchestral music has been commissioned and performed by the Minnesota Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Omaha Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, Spokane Symphony, Aspen Concert Orchestra, New York Classical Players w/ Jasmine Choi, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, and Symphony in C, among others. Various chamber ensembles including Alarm Will Sound, the American Brass Quintet, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Chicago Pro Musica, Da Capo Chamber Players, Fifth House Ensemble, Hawthorne String Quartet, President’s Own Marine Band Brass Quintet, and the Stanford Wind Quintet have given performances of his chamber music across the country as well as in Europe, Brazil, Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Australia.

Upcoming performances of his work include those presented by the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, Texarkana Symphony, Sioux City Symphony, Nu Deco Ensemble, Hochschule fur Musik Magenta Brass Quintet, and Hub New Music, among others.  Needham’s music has been recognized with numerous awards including the International Barlow Prize, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’s Project 440 Commission, Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, two ASCAP Morton Gould Awards, the William Schuman Prize/BMI Student Composer Award, the Aspen Music Festival Jacob Druckman Prize, the Heckscher & Beeler Prizes from Ithaca College and the coveted Underwood New Music Commission from the American Composers Orchestra.

As an educator, Needham serves as Composer in Residence and Associate Professor at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music.  He was previously an Associate Instructor at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music as well as an Assistant Professor of Music at Ohio Wesleyan University.  He holds degrees from the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music (BM) and Indiana University (MM/DM), where he was a four-year Jacobs School of Music doctoral fellow in composition.  He has also studied at the Aspen Music Festival as a Susan and Ford Schumann composition fellow and at the Wellesley Composers Conference.

The Theodore Presser Company publishes his music with additional works available from Manhattan Beach Music and Triplo Press. Recordings of his works can be found on the Summit Records, New Focus Recordings, Beauport Classics, and Mark Masters labels as well as on recordings by the United States Air Force Band of the West, trumpeter Jack Sutte, violinist Francesca Anderegg, and the American Composers Orchestra Digital Release Series.  For more information please visit or .