Theresa Martin

A passion for music

With passion for music


Theresa Martin (b. 1979), composer of energetic, melodious, and rhythmically driven music, often draws her inspiration from literature, images, nature, and personal experiences. She receives commissions from around the world and enjoys writing concert music for solo instruments as well as chamber, wind, and orchestral ensembles. Dr. Martin’s music has been heard throughout the U.S., and has been performed in Canada, Belgium, Great Britain, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain, Sweden, Tanzania, China, and Taiwan. She has been commissioned by internationally prominent soloists including clarinetist Robert Spring, tubaist Sam Pilafian, The Eufonix Quartet, oboist Michele Fiala, bassoonist Albie Micklich, as well as organizations such as the Barnett Foundation of Chicago, the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, the Arizona Wind Symphony, and the University of Wisconsin Fox Valley Concert Band. Her music has been recognized by the American Composer’s Forum, the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer's Competition, and NACUSA Young Composer’s Competition, and she has received ASCAPlus awards for the past several years for frequent performances of her music.  Her pieces are performed at international conferences such as the International Double Reed Society Conferences, the International Clarinet Association’s “Clarinetfests,”  Internationl Alliance for Women Congress, European Clarinet Association Festival, Xi'an International Clarinet Festival, as well as national conferences such as the Aspen Music Festival, Sewanee Summer Music Festival, Midwest Composer’s Symposiums, Society of Composers National Conferences, and the American Composer’s Alliance Summer Music Festival in New York. Studying both composition and clarinet performance, she completed her DMA in composition at the University of Michigan, two masters degrees from Arizona State University, and her BFA at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her influential mentors include composition teachers Michael Daugherty, Evan Chambers, William Bolcom, Randall Shinn, and William Heinrichs, and clarinet teachers Robert Spring, Deborah Chodacki, and William Helmers.  All of her music is published by Potenza Music.

Dr. Martin currently has a private studio in Wisconsin, where she teaches lessons in composition, clarinet, and piano. She teaches adjunct at local universities, including Lawrence University and the University of Wisconsin Fox Valley. As a clarinetist, she performs in the Fox Valley Concert Band, Vento Winds, and a newly formed Woodwind Quintet. In addition to her musical activities, she enjoys spending time with her husband, son and daughter.

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