Persis Vehar Composer-in-Residence
M - Ithaca College
MM - University of Michigan
The vocal and instrumental compositions of Persis Parshall Vehar’s, range from chamber music to large ensembles and include two operas. Her work has been performed at Carnegie Recital Hall, the Kennedy Center and Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Charleston, SC. in the U.S. and at international venues including the Royal Festival Hall of London, Graz Music Festival in Austria and McMaster & Brock Universities, Canada.
An award-winning composer, Vehar is the recipient of six Meet the Composer Grants, 22 annual ASCAP Awards (1984-2000) and a Margaret Fairbank Jory Award (1997). In 2008, she was inducted into the Western New York Women’s Hall of Fame.
Her compositions which number into the hundreds have been published by Tenuto, Leyerle, and Dorn Publications, Shawnee Press, Kendor Music, Plymouth Music Company, Northfield Press and Almitra Music and may be heard on Aeolian, MMC and Fleur de Son recordings. Vehar has performed as solo pianist with many orchestras including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Ars Nova Musicians Chamber Orchestra. Both her compositions and piano performances are broadcast on NPR.
Vehar holds degrees from Ithaca College and the University of Michigan. She studied composition with Warren Benson, Ross Lee Finney, Roberto Gerhard and Ned Rorem.