Conducting

Photo credit: Hans Fahr (c) 2021

Aaron’s work as a conductor encompasses diverse stylistic and notational approaches in chamber, orchestral, and choral settings across contemporary and historical repertoires.

He has appeared as a conductor with Ensemble Musikfabrik, ELISION, Schola Heidelberg, International Contemporary Ensemble, Ensemble Interface (for the IEMA Edenkoben International Conducting Mastercourse), and the Northwestern University Contemporary Music Ensemble. From 2008–13 he served as conductor of the University Symphony Orchestra and New Music Ensemble at the University of Huddersfield, where he has also taught advanced undergraduate and postgraduate orchestral conducting students. He has recorded for forthcoming releases on the Kairos, Wergo, and HCR labels.

Notable recent performances include appearances with Musikfabrik at the Berlin Philharmonie for Musikfest Berlin of the Berliner Festspiele, and at the WDR Funkhaus am Wallrafplatz for the Musikfabrik im WDR series. Upcoming projects include performances with Ensemble Proton Bern, Tempus Konnex Leipzig, and ELISION.

While much of his work as a conductor over the last 20 years has revolved around new and experimental music, including leading a significant number of world premieres, his earliest training was in choral conducting. He was appointed Assistant Conductor of the Texas Boys Choir while still an undergraduate, and later held positions as Organist & Choir Director in Chicago and Buffalo while completing undergraduate and PhD degrees in composition, also serving as the Assistant Conductor of the University Choir at SUNY Buffalo from 1998–99.

His conducting teachers have included Stephen Alltop, Erik Oña, Ilan Volkov, Zsolt Nagy and Peter Eötvös.


Recent Events—Conducting

Ensemble Musikfabrik
Musikfest Berlin (Berliner Festspiele) – Ann Cleare Portrait Concert
Großer Saal, Berlin Philharmonie
September 5, 2021
works by Ann Cleare
& rehearsal assistant for Enno Poppe Prozession

Ensemble Musikfabrik
Musikfabrik im WDR 78, WDR Funkhaus am Wallrafplatz, Köln, Germany
July 10, 2021
works by Turgut Erçetin

Ensemble Musikfabrik
Mediapark, Cologne, Germany
July 9, 2021
recording work by Turgut Erçetin for Wergo

Ensemble Musikfabrik
Adventure #5, in cooperation with the Institut für Neue Musik, Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Köln, Germany
July 2, 2021
works by Pablo Garretón, Federico Perotti, Patrick Schäfer, Dariya Maminova, Marc Vogler, and Mazyar Kashian

Schola Heidelberg (KlangForum Heidelberg)
Biennale für Neue Musik der Metropolregion Rhein-Neckar, Betriebswerk, Heidelberg, Germany
February 11–22, 2021 [postponed due to Covid-19]
July 4, 2021 [rescheduled concert cancelled due to Covid-19]
18 June – 27 June 2021, video recordings for online broadcast
work by Erik Oña, & rehearsal assistant for work by Márton Illés

Ensemble Musikfabrik, with Ryoko Aoki
Digital streaming concert, from Mediapark, Cologne, Germany & Kanagawa, Japan
February 19, 2021 [Covid-19 cancellation due to travel restrictions]
work by Peter Eötvös

ELISION Ensemble
Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, Australia
May 2, 2020 [postponed due to Covid-19]
works by Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh and John Aulich

ELISION Ensemble
ISCM World Music Days, Christchurch, New Zealand
April 29, 2020 [postponed to 2022 due to Covid-19]
works by Annie Hui-Hsin Hsieh, Shuhan Hu, Miyuki Ito

Ensemble Musikfabrik
Mediapark, Cologne, Germany
Montagskonzert: “Extended Bodies, Uncanny Beings”
March 9, 2020
works by Mary Bellamy and Aaron Cassidy

Ensemble Musikfabrik
Mediapark, Cologne, Germany
March 8, 2020
recording works by Mary Bellamy and Aaron Cassidy for releases on the HCR and Kairos labels

ELISION Ensemble
University at Buffalo, New York, USA
April 24, 2019
student composer workshop & concert

ELISION Ensemble
Lippes Concert Hall, University at Buffalo, New York, USA
April 23, 2019
work by Liam Flenady


Selected 20th/21st century repertoire

John Aulich on the thin skin of a hole (world premiere)
ELISION Ensemble, Melbourne Recital Centre, May 2020 [postponed due to Covid-19]

Roberto Azaretto eigengrau (world premiere)
ELISION Ensemble, April 2019

Christian Baldini folding space (world premiere)
International Ensemble Modern Academy (Ensemble Interface), Herrenhaus Edenkoben, July 2009, broadcast by SWR-2

Gerald Barry ‘________’
University of Huddersfield New Music Ensemble, 2009

Mary Bellamy behind the transparent surface (world premiere) 
Ensemble Musikfabrik, March 2020

Leonard Bernstein Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs
University of Huddersfield New Music Ensemble, 2009

Pierre Boulez, Derive I
University of Huddersfield New Music Ensemble, 2009

Cornelius Cardew Autumn ’60
Augenmusik, June in Buffalo, 2003
Augenmusik, Brandeis University, 2003

Elliott Carter Triple Duo *
Herrenhaus Edenkoben Conducting Mastercourse, July 2009

Aaron Cassidy Self-portrait, 1996 (world premiere)
Ensemble Musikfabrik, March 2020

Pablo Chin Echoes of the Steppenwolf * (world premiere)
International Contemporary Ensemble, Northwestern University, April 2007

Ann Cleare on magnetic fields for two violins and ensemble
Ensemble Musikfabrik, Berlin Philharmonie, September 2021

Ann Cleare the physics of fog, swirling for large ensemble
Ensemble Musikfabrik, Berlin Philharmonie, September 2021

Aldo Clementi Satz 2
Northwestern University Contemporary Music Ensemble
New Music Northwestern, January 2007

Jonathan Dove The Magic Flute Dances
University of Huddersfield Symphony Orchestra, December 2012

Nomi Epstein [untitled] (world premiere)
International Contemporary Ensemble, Northwestern University, April 2007 *
ad hoc ensemble, Northwestern University, May 2007
International Contemporary Ensemble, Darmstadt Summer Courses, July 2012 *

Peter Eötvös Secret Kiss
Ensemble Musikfabrik, with Ryoko Aoki, February 2021 [Covid-19 cancellation]

Turgut Erçetin Thousand dead bodies under my bed, all cloaked with the breath of the living (world premiere)
including the standalone works Seed I and Seed II
Ensemble Musikfabrik, July 2021

Morton Feldman For Frank O’Hara
University of Huddersfield New Music Ensemble, 2008

Liam Flenady Anchor in the Road (world premiere)
ELISION Ensemble, Center for 21st Century Music, University at Buffalo, New York, May 2019

Jürg Frey Six Instruments, Series (North American premiere)
Northwestern University Contemporary Music Ensemble
New Music Northwestern, January 2007

Pablo Garretón Acephale for Ensemble & Live Electronics (world premiere)
Ensemble Musikfabrik, July 2021

Marta Gentilucci radix ipsus (UK premiere)
Jonathan Impett, Andrew Digby, Sebastian Berweck, Damian Harron, Mark Wagstaff, Callum Dewar, Aoife Nic Athlaoich
International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), August 2011

Margaret Haley Procyon (world premiere)
University of Huddersfield New Music Ensemble, 2008

Andrew Hamilton Frank O’Hara on the phone piece
University of Huddersfield New Music Ensemble, 2008

Jeff Herriott Lock: 2×2 (+1) (world premiere)
University at Buffalo, March 2001

Márton Illés Hang-tér
Schola Heidelberg (rehearsal assistant), June 2021

Mazyar Kashian Game (world premiere)
Ensemble Musikfabrik, July 2021

Howie Kenty The Master and the Sandgrabber (UK premiere)
Cheng Yu, pipa; Wand Xiao, erhu; Li Guangtai, guzcheng; Nicky Sweeney, violin
International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), August 2011

Anestis Logothetis Kulmination II
Augenmusik, June in Buffalo, 2003
Augenmusik, Brandeis University, 2003

Dariya Maminova Silently the river silently (world premiere)
Ensemble Musikfabrik, July 2021

Jeffrey Nelson Southern Harmony No. 3 * (world premiere)
International Contemporary Ensemble, Northwestern University, April 2007

Michael Norris tesserae … interstices *
Herrenhaus Edenkoben Conducting Mastercourse, July 2009

Erik Oña Per Aures (world premiere)
Schola Heidelberg, Biennale für Neue Musik der Metropolregion Rhein-Neckar, June 2021

Federico Perotti, Ricordo per ensemble (world premiere)
Ensemble Musikfabrik, July 2021

Enno Poppe, Prozession
Ensemble Musikfabrik, Musikfest Berlin, Berliner Festspiele (rehearsal preparation, including general rehearsal) September 2021

Steve Reich Eight Lines
University of Huddersfield New Music Ensemble, 2008

Julien-Robert Legault Savail Chute Libre, for ensemble and video (UK premiere)
Richard Craig, Heather Roche, Jonatan Impett, Sebastian Berweck, Damien Harron, Darragh Morgan, Nicky Sweeney, Lisa Dowdall, Aoife Nic Athlaoich
International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), August 2011

Patrick Schäfer Sisyphos I für Ensemble (world premiere)
Ensemble Musikfabrik, July 2021

Matthew Sergeant ymrehanne kristos (UK premiere)
ELISION Ensemble, University of Huddersfield, February 2013
ELISION Ensemble, Metropolis New Music Festival, Melbourne Recital Hall, Melbourne, May 2016

Hyun-Ah Shim untitled (world premiere)
June in Buffalo Festival Ensemble, June in Buffalo 2003

Edgard Varèse Octandre
University of Huddersfield New Music Ensemble, 2008

Marc Vogler Perpetuum Mobile for ensemble & live video (world premiere)
Ensemble Musikfabrik, July 2021

* indicates works conducted in workshops and/or student composer reading sessions

Selected orchestral/choral repertoire

Beethoven Symphony No.1
Beethoven Symphony No.7
Beethoven Symphony No.8
Beethoven Coriolan Overture
Beethoven Egmont Overture
Brahms Symphony No. 2
Brahms Tragic Overture
Brahms Academic Festival Overture
Chaminade Concertino for Flute & Orchestra in D Major
Dove The Magic Flute Dances
Duruflé Requiem
Fauré Requiem
Ives The Unanswered Question
Mendelssohn Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Mozart Symphony No. 40
Mozart Flute Concerto No. 2
Mozart Coronation Mass
Schubert Mass in F (Deutsche Messe)
Schumann Symphony No. 4 (1851 version)
Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht
Weber Clarinet Concerto No.2


Audio and video samples are available here.