The music of Joseph Eidson contains rhythmic drive, crisp harmonies, and a preference for lyrical melodies. His works have received awards and recognition from the Boston Metro Opera, Dallas Wind Symphony, The Metropolitan Wind Symphony, Opera Vista, and ASCAP, among others. Recently his works have been heard at the Boston Metro Opera Contemporary AmericanaFest, CBDNA Eastern Regional Conference reading session, New Voices at the Catholic University of America, Aries Festival for New Music, and several College Music Society regional conferences.
Joseph attended the University of Kansas (DMA, BM) and the University of Texas, studying composition with Dan Welcher, James Barnes, Donald Grantham, and Forrest Pierce. While he enjoys writing for all mediums, composing for wind ensemble and for the voice occupy most of his recent output. Recent works include a song cycle using the poetry of Christian Morgenstern, two choral pieces, and a wind ensemble work inspired by a recent NASA mission to study a comet.
While a majority of his output is for live performers, an ongoing project utilizes technology to create music using the sounds and methods of video game composers during the 1980s and early 1990s. Known as chiptunes, these short pieces are varied in style and substance, each containing unique challenges limited only by imagination and software design. Many of the tracks are featured on the “Quirky Minecraft” web series on YouTube, and will be included on a digital album released in the fall.
Active as a composer and educator, Dr. Eidson has taught at Bucknell University, the University of Kansas, and the University of Texas before joining the Sunderman Conservatory faculty in August 2012. His scholarly interests include history of the wind band, the music of George Crumb, and applications of popular music in university-level music theory courses. For more information on his work please visit www.josepheidson.com.