Composer Paul Dooley’s music embraces a cross-cultural range of contemporary music, dance, art, technology and the interactions between the human and natural worlds. He has composed for solo instrument, orchestra, band, electronics, and chamber ensemble.
Recognition for Dooley’s music includes a 2010 BMI composer award, a 2008 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, a fellowship to the 2008 Aspen Music Festival Composition Masterclass, and a fellowship from the 2011 Cabrillo New Music Festival Composers Lab.
Dooley’s Point Blank (2012) was commissioned by a consortium organized by Gary Green of the University of Miami Frost Wind Ensemble. In 2010, Mr. Dooley was commissioned by San Francisco Ballet’s Principal Dancers to create a project for Marina Abramovic Institute West. Other commissioners include Scordatura Music Society, the Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble, and the Michigan Music Teachers Association and National Music Teachers Association.
Dooley’s music has been performed by Alarm Will Sound, the Charlotte Symphony, the American Philharmonic, the Atlantic Classical Orchestra, and the Omaha Symphony. In 2011 - 2012, Paul Dooley will be composer-in-residence with the Detroit Chamber Winds.
Dooley earned his degree at the University of Southern California under Frank Ticheli, Stephen Hartke and Frederick Lesemann. He is completing doctoral studies at the University of Michigan with composers Michael Daugherty, Bright Sheng and Evan Chambers. Additional teachers include Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, Christopher Rouse, Martin Bresnick, Derek Bermel, Louis Andriessen, and others.