An award-winning musician and professor of music at County College of Morris (CCM), José Beviá now has another honor to add to his list of creative accomplishments. His original orchestral composition, blending jazz, classical and modern formats, will be performed live by the American Composer Orchestra in New York City next year.
That opportunity is the result of Beviá’s success as a participant in the 2012 Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute (JCOI) this past summer. A resident of West New York, Beviá was selected from a national pool of applicants to take part in the JCOI at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). As a participant, he competed with 37 other composers to gain selection as one of five composers invited to write an original orchestral composition. His composition, Noit-Alimissa, will be performed at the Miller Theatre at Columbia University, June 3 and 4, 2013.
“This is a great opportunity,” said Beviá. “Being a part of the CCM faculty has allowed me to take advantage of these sorts of opportunities and then bring back what I have learned to my students.”
The mission of JCOI is to support composers working in jazz, improvised and creative music who have demonstrated “excellent musicianship, originality and potential for future growth in orchestral composition.” The JCOI is a cooperative program of the American Composers Orchestra, the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University, the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, EarShot and the National Orchestra Institute.
It will not be the first time Beviá’s work has been performed on a major stage. His classical, jazz, and contemporary compositions and arrangements have been performed around the world by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, the BMI/New York Jazz Orchestra, The Millennium Jazz Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. In 2009, he released a CD of his contemporary classical music with MSR Classics, featuring the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra.He has been a composer in residence at the Visby International Centre for Composers in Sweden, and a visiting artist and scholar at the American Academy in Rome.
Beviá is the recipient of the 2010 International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition from the National Academy of Music and the Municipal Conservatories of Neapolis and Sykies in Greece. He received that award for Three Enigmas, a contemporary classical composition he wrote for the piano duo Ferdiko of New York City.
A native of Spain, Beviá graduated from the Valencia Conservatory of Music in Valencia, Spain. He then attended the Berklee College of Music where he earned his bachelor’s degree, and Florida State University where he earned dual master’s degrees in music composition and jazz performance and his doctorate in music theory and composition.
At CCM, Beviá teaches Music Theory, Electronic Music and Piano, among other courses. He also is director of the County College of Morris Chamber Ensemble.