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Cameron E. Gerhold / Bio

Cameron was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He came to Seattle in 2006 and has since moved to San Francisco in late 2012. Recently graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor of arts in Ethnomusicology, he is focused on further developing his craft before attending graduate school for composition.

Beginning his interest in Music Composition at the age of 13 in Hawaii, Cameron has composed an assortment of musical works for piano, small ensembles, orchestra, concert band, and symphonic orchestra. Various works have been performed by musicians at the University of Hawaii, including his “Nocturne II” by pianist Megumi Kurachi and “Brass Band on Piece 21” by the University's Brass Ensemble under direction of Grant Okamura. The Honolulu Symphony Orchestra performed his fourth movement of Symphony No.1 in collaboration with the University of Hawaii under direction of maestra Joan Laundry. In Seattle, the Seattle Symphonic Band premiered Tempest: for concert band under direction of Lauren Anderson in December of 2007. The Chinook Winds premiered Divertimento No. 1: for double wind quintet and bass clarinet in April of 2008 under direction of UW Doctorate student, Maggii Weitzel.

Attending the UW he has had many wonderful opportunities to work with the schools various ensembles and conductors, such as Ethan Chessin, Garry Brattin, Dr. Steven Morrison, Vu Nguyen, and director of bands Timothy Salzman. In his senior year at UW he worked with Salzman who led the Wind Ensemble in an arrangement of three Schubert Lieder songs arranged for band. For his senior thesis he completed an an original composition for the Seattle Pacific University Gamelan ensemble with Prof. Christina Sunardi.

Cameron's style might be described as Neo-Classical. As a composer, He tries to look back at what the Classical Masters have done, and incorporate some of their techniques and ideas into his works as best as possible. Often, he uses bold statements with lyrical melodies, colorful orchestration, and varied textures. Drawing his strengths from his slower movements, he express a varied palette of emotions from the darkest depression to the sublime and joyous.

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