Joseph Eidson (b.1981) holds degrees in composition from the University of Kansas (DMA 2010, BM 2004) and the University of Texas (MM 2006). His music contains rhythmic drive, crisp harmonies, and a preference for lyrical melodies. While he retains a passion for wind and string writing, the past two years have focused on vocal music. Works completed during this time include four song cycles and a chamber opera, as well as a horn concerto and a new work for wind ensemble.
His music has received awards and honors from Salem College, Vox Novus, Metropolitan Wind Symphony 40th Anniversary Competition, 2010 ASCAP Morton Gould Award (finalist), 2010 Opera Vista Festival (semifinalist), Aurora Borealis Duo Composition Contest, Dallas Wind Symphony fanfare competition, Helianthus Call for Scores, Music09 Competition (honorable mention), ASCAP / CBDNA Frederick Fennell award for concert band (honorable mention), the Penn State trombone choir composition competition, a Thomas Presser scholarship and the George Lawner award both from the University of Kansas. Composition professors include Dan Welcher, James Barnes, Donald Grantham, and Forrest Pierce.
Joseph and wife Julia live in New Cumberland, PA with their feisty cats Gabby, Winston and Moose who enjoy sleeping on top of any available manuscript paper when not being fed. Currently Dr. Eidson is on the faculty at Bucknell University teaching courses in theory and composition.
Works published by Kefáli Press:
- Songs of Enchantment and Wonder (Mezz0-soprano, Piano)