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Pre-College
Classroom Studies (Music)
Composition

About

Manuel Sosa (BM ’91, MM ’94, DMA ’02, composition) is a Venezuelan/American composer who resides in Brooklyn. He received early training on the violin at the José Ángel Lamas Superior Conservatory in Caracas while also pursuing his interest in architecture and drawing, both of which still inform his approach to writing music. At 16, seeking to expand his studies in composition, he moved to the U.S. Latin American culture and pacing as well as volumetric space and color continue to be essential to his vision as are his North American experiences. He studied at Juilliard with Stephen Albert, Robert Beaser, and David Diamond. He has also studied composition with Joseph Castaldo, Jacob Druckman, Earl Kim, Jacques-Louis Monod, and Bruce Saylor and attended composition seminars with Mark Andre, Beat Furrer, Georg Friedrich Haas, Karel Husa, Adriana Hölszky, and Helmut Lachenmann; and studied harmony with Mary A. Cox, conducting with Monod, and Afro-Caribbean percussion with Jerry González. His orchestral and chamber music has been performed in North and South America, Europe, and Asia, and he has collaborated with painters, dancers, and sculptors in the creation of multimedia environments. His scholarly work concentrates on the art and music of South America and his writings have been published in Europe and South America. Sosa has received fellowships from Meet the Composer (Van Lier, 2002), the Civitella Ranieri Foundation (2009), and John S. Guggenheim Foundation (2011), and he has been a fellow on several occasions at Yaddo. He teaches composition at Juilliard Pre-College, is a member of the musical studies faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music, and is a member of the art history and music departments at Fordham University.