Edmonton composer Jeff McCune’s works have been performed throughout Canada, the United States Europe, and East Asia. His works encompass the worlds of symphonic music, chamber works, art-song and opera and have been performed by such organizations as the Toronto Symphony, Edmonton Symphony, Calgary Symphony, Edmonton Opera, Kitcher-Waterloo Symphony, Arraymusic, the Hammerhead Consort, Pro Coro Concert Choir, and the Duo Majoya.
Born in Calgary, Alberta, Jeffrey McCune received his Masters of Music degree in Composition at the University of Alberta in 1994. In 1988 he was one of three young Canadians chosen for the Special Program in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Toronto with Michel Tabachnik, an associate of Pierre Boulez and the late Herbert von Karajan. Competition awards have included first place prizes in the Canadian Contemporary Music Workshop, and Arraymusic’s Young Composer’s Competition. His TWO ETUDES FOR ORGAN, BRASS TRIO and RED HILLS AND BLUE SKY: HOMMAGE TO GEORGIA O’KEEFFE have been recorded by CBC in previous Edmonton New Music Festivals and events for national and provincial broadcasts. Featured performances have included the European premiere of TWO ETUDES FOR ORGAN in Warsaw and Legnica, Poland; the American premiere of THREE SPANISH SONGS in New York City; and the world premiere of DANCE SUITE FOR ORCHESTRA performed by both the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Featured performances have included the world premiere and CD release of the CBC commissioned work THE PAINTER SUITE written for Edmonton’s Hammerhead Consort, and the world premiere of OVERTURE SAUVAGE, commissioned by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra through the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Other performances of commissioned works include SEA OF DREAMS (MARE SOMNIORUM): A LUNAR MOTET FOR PIANO AND MIXED CHORUS, commissioned through the Alberta Foundation for the Arts for Edmonton’s Pro Coro Chamber Choir; an opera entitled the Y2K BLACK DEATH ORATORIO, commissioned through the Music Canada 2000 Foundation and produced by Edmonton Opera, presented at Edmonton’s international Fringe Festival in August 2000; and CROSSING TO BYZANTIUM, for piano and organ duet, commissioned by the Duo Majoya of Edmonton, and performed and recorded for CD on the Arktos label in Calgary’s Jack Singer Hall.
Other featured performances of commissioned works include the one-act comic opera commissioned by Opera Lyra Ottawa through the Canada Council entitled ZEUS AND THE PAMPLEMOUSSE, with libretto by Michael Cavanagh, premiered in Ottawa, and a work for orchestra and organ entitled AQUAMARINE, commissioned by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and premiered in January, 2004. In 2005 Jeff McCune was one the featured composers honored by the Edmonton Symphony during the Alberta Scene celebration of the Province’s100th Anniversary in Ottawa.
Upcoming performances include AQUAMARINE with the Edmonton Symphony in January, 2009, and OVERTURE SAUVAGE with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony in October, 2009.
Jeff McCune is an Associate Composer with the Canadian Music Centre and also the Artistic Administrator for Edmonton Opera. He has been active as a judge for the Edmonton International Youth Talent Explosion and the Johann Strauss Foundation competitions and as an instructor for the Edmonton Life Long Learners Association through the University of Alberta. His works appear on Edmonton’s CLEFRecords and Arktos labels and his works are represented by Counterpoint Music Library Services in Vaughan, Ontario.