A founding member of the East Coast Contemporary Ensemble, Wes has attended artist residencies at the Wellesley Composers Conference and the Atlantic Center for the Arts, where he took part in masterclasses and colloquia with composers Chinary Ung, Scott Wheeler, Mario Davidovsky, and Henry Threadgill. In 2007, Wes was selected to take part in the Minnesota Orchestra Composers Institute, where he participated in masterclasses with orchestra musicians and composer Aaron Jay Kernis.
Originally from Central Illinois, Wes graduated with honors from the Master’s degree program at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, studying privately with Lee Hyla and Anthony Coleman and attending Joe Maneri’s microtonal composition/improvisation course. During his time at the conservatory he received awards from the Japan Society of Boston, the Boston Microtonal Society, the BMOP/NEC composition contest, and the NEC Contemporary Ensemble Composition Competition. As an undergraduate at NEC, Wes studied composition with composer/trombonist Bob Brookmeyer and improvisation with Bob Moses. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.more
Throughout the night, conductor Gil Rose and his protean ensemble gave exciting and exacting performances of these challenging scores. Local composers are lucky to have BMOP around.