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Karl Blench


Karl Blench

Karl Blench is a composer and conductor who holds Bachelor’s degrees in education and music theory from the University of New Hampshire and a Master’s degree and DMA in composition from Rice University. His music has been performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Cuba. Recent engagements include performances of his work by the Shepherd School Chamber Symphony, the h2 Saxophone Quartet, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and the University of New Hampshire and University of Houston Wind Ensembles. Notable prizes include the H. Robert Reynolds Composer’s Competition, the Cooper Prize from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice, an ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award, and the Indianapolis Symphony Prize. As a conductor he focuses mainly on music from the 20th and 21st centuries and frequently conducts premieres of new works throughout the country. He has recently worked with Syzygy, the new music series at Rice University, and the Foundation of Modern Music in Houston. He currently teaches in the Houston area.