About Trevor Weston

Trevor Weston began his musical training as a choirboy at the prestigious St. Thomas Choir School in New York City at the age of ten. During high school, he continued his musical development with organ and carillon lessons in Plainfield, NJ. Composition became his primary focus at Tufts University while studying withT.J. Anderson and completing a double major in music and history. Weston completed his graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley where he studied with Richard Felciano and Andrew Imbrie for his M. A. and Olly Wilson, his primary teacher, for his Ph.D. Between 1994 and 1996, he was awarded the prestigious George Ladd Prix de Paris from U.C. Berkeley. This award allowed Weston to live in Paris for two years where he composed regularly, audited classes at IRCAM, performed in theAmerican Cathedral choir, and attended as many concerts as he could.

Described as having “a refreshingly imaginative musical personality” by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Trevor Weston has been active with performances throughout the United States. He has completed numerous commissions including St. Thomas Fifth Avenue Evening Service [2001] for St. Thomas Church in New York City, Ashes [2002] for the Carolina Chamber Chorale, Rivers of Living Water [2003] for The American Guild of Organists region IV convention, The People Could Fly [2004] for The Starling Chamber Orchestra, Verve Music [2004] for the Charleston Chamber Players, Visions of Glory[2004] and Mary’s Verses [2005] for Sumter High School Choir, and Ma’at Musings [2005] for The Providence Singers. In addition to performances in Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in SC, the Taylor Music Festival in AR and SC, Weston’s music has been performed in The Netherlands, France, Canada, and Hungary. In 2007, Weston received premieres of Life Goesby the Mallarme Chamber Players and Sirens by the In Freundschaft Duo. He also participated in the American Choral Masterpieces Festival, hosted by the Providence Singers, with a premiere of O Daedalus, Fly Away Home by the Junior providence Singers and treble chorus.

Trevor Weston has received many awards and honors that reflect a growing national reputation. His composition Bleue was selected in 1998 for the Detroit Symphony Unisys African-American Composer’s reading program, and in 2002 for performances during the Piccolo Spoleto Festival by the Charles Ives Center. In 2003 Weston received the very prestigious Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters given to “mid-career composers of exceptional gifts.” He has also received Composition Fellowships for residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in 2003 and the MacDowell Colony in 2004.

Between 1998 and 2000, Weston taught theory, composition, and African American Music History at Wabash College as well as conducting the Wabash College Chamber Orchestra. He was a Professor of Music at the College of Charleston from 2000-2009 and Music Director and Organist at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Charleston from 2003-2009. Weston is currently Chair of the Music Department at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey.

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