About Kurt Leland, Composer

Kurt Leland (b. 1958) studied with Thomas Frederickson, John Melby, and Herbert Brün, receiving his Master’s degree in music composition from the University of Illinois in 1985. His works have been performed by cellist Stephen Katz, the Just In Time Composers and Players, the Seraphim Singers, the New York Virtuoso Singers, and others. His Three Poems from Das Stundenbuch (Rilke) for chorus and brass choir recently won a competition sponsored by the Society of Universal Sacred Music and was performed in 2010 at their Fourth Festival of Universal Sacred Music in New York. In 2008, he won second prize in the Harold Rosenbaum Choral Composition Contest. In 2010, his Cantata on a Poem of Thomas Hardy for mixed chorus and piano won third prize in the Harold Rosenbaum Choral Composition Contest. Mr. Leland is also an award-winning poet and author of five nonfiction books, including Music and the Soul: A Listener’s Guide to Achieving Transcendent Musical Experiences (Hampton-Roads, 2004). He performs (on clarinet) with the Boston-based chamber music group Zensemble.