Composer

 

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Dr. Darin Lewis holds a Bachelor and master’s degree in piano performance. After graduating from Yale University, Mr. Lewis received a Teaching Fellowship at the City College of New York, where he began working on a Master’s degree in composition with the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Del Tredici. At City College, Mr. Lewis’ Revelation, (a setting of the Book of Revelations, for soprano soloist, choir and orchestra), was premiered. Upon his graduation in 1993, Mr. Lewis joined the music faculty of the Horace Mann School. During his tenure at Horace Mann he composed numerous works for the Orchestra, Concert Band, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, and Choral groups. In 1998 Mr. Lewis presented the premiere of his Symphony No. 1, at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. In 2002, he was privileged to participate in the NYU Film Score Workshop with renowned film composer Buddy Baker before his death. Recent commissions have included Entreat me not, for SSAATTBB a cappella choir, Hodie, for Women’s choir, piano and violin, We Are the Music Makers, and Veritas! for mixed choir, children’s choir, and violin solo, which was premiered at Carnegie Hall. He has written pieces for the Rush-Henrietta School District, the Jenny Lin Foundation, and the Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestra as well as for individuals and churches. Those commissions cover a broad variety of styles and have all been met with enthusiasm and public support. In 2004, Darin teamed up with choreographer Alison Kolinski to present an evening of dance – classical. Modern, ballet, jazz, disco, hip-hop and funk; with all of the music composed by Lewis. In 2005, the Connecticut Valley Chamber Orchestra premiered hi Violin Concerto No. 2. In celebration of his 45th year of ministry, The Suffrigan Bishop of New York City asked Mr. Lewis to compose a work for choir and organ that was premiered at a gala service in New York in 2006. Mr. Lewis’ Toccata for Organ was also presented. Mr. Lewis’ Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra was premiered in May of 2007 in New York and was subsequently presented on a concert tour of Spain. In June of 2009 he premiered Lux, a multi-movement work for choir, orchestra and soloists. In 2010, Mr. Lewis was commissioned by the town of Needham, MA to write a piece in celebration of the town’s 300th anniversary and was subsequently performed by the Boston Pops under the direction of Keith Lockhart. Mr. Lewis has been a consultant for music festivals in the U.S. and in Austria and adjudicates for Heritage Festivals on the East Coast. Currently he is on the faculty of Lafayette College as the Director of the Lafayette College Chamber Orchestra, and Director of Music at Trinity Lutheran Church, in Robesonia, PA. Mr. Lewis holds a Doctor of Music Arts degree from Boston University.