José Beviá, an award-winning professor of music at County College of Morris (CCM), has been selected to participate in the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute (JCOI) at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), this summer.
Beviá, a resident of West New York, was selected from a national pool of applicants to take part in the institute. The institute’s mission is to assist composers “whose work demonstrates excellence in musicianship, originality and potential for future growth.” The JCOI is a cooperative program of the American Composers Orchestra, the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University, the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, EarShot and the National Orchestra Institute. As a participant, Beviá will compete with up to 34 other composers to gain selection as one of five composers who each will be asked to write an original orchestral composition. Those compositions then will be premiered in New York or California in 2013.
Along with being selected as a JCOI participant, Beviá also has been awarded a residency at La Cité internationale des Arts in Paris, France this summer. This is the second consecutive year that he will be participating in that residency. A seven-week program, the residency provides artists from a variety of disciplines with the opportunity to develop their creative techniques. During his residency, Beviá plans to work on his second symphony and a harp chamber orchestra composition.
“I’m a very lucky guy. I’m very grateful to have these opportunities and to also teach at CCM,” said Beviá. “Experiences such as the institute and the residency allow me to develop my craft and then to come back here and share that with my students.”
Beviá is the recipient of the 2010 International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition from the National Academy of Music and the Municipal Conservatories of Neapolis and Sykies in Greece. He received that award for Three Enigmas, a contemporary classical composition he wrote for the piano duo Ferdiko of New York City.
A native of Spain, Beviá graduated from the Valencia Conservatory of Music in Valencia, Spain. He then attended Berklee College of Music where he earned his bachelor’s degree, and Florida State University where he earned dual master’s degrees in Music Composition and Jazz Performance and his doctorate in Music Theory and Composition.
His classical, jazz and contemporary compositions and arrangements have been performed around the world by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, the BMI/New York Jazz Orchestra, The Millennium Jazz Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. He has been a composer in residence at the Visby International Centre for Composers in Sweden and a visiting artist and scholar at the American Academy in Rome. In 2010, he released a CD of his contemporary classical music with MSR recordings, featuring the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra.
At CCM, Beviá00 teaches Music Theory, Electronic Music and Piano, among other courses. He also is director of the County College of Morris Chamber Ensemble.