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The works of Jonathan Santore have engaged and excited performers and audiences throughout the United States and abroad. As Composer in Residence for the New Hampshire Master Chorale (which won a “Best of NH” award from New Hampshire Magazine for his work), he has specialized in creating deeply resonant compositions based on texts with strong local connections. Santore’s work has received significant recognition in a number of regional, national, and international competitions, including winning The American Prize in Composition, the Vocal Essence/American Composers Forum Welcome Christmas! Carol Contest, and an Individual Artist Fellowship from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.

Santore’s music has been performed by ensembles including VocalEssence, Conspirare, the Boston Cecilia, the Choir of Rochester Cathedral, England, and the New Hampshire Music Festival Orchestra, and at the national conferences of the College Music Society, the International Clarinet Association, the North American Saxophone Alliance, and the Society of Composers, Inc. His works have been published by Alliance Music, American Carillon Music Editions, Gold Branch Music, Manduca Music, Walton Music, and Yelton Rhodes Music, and featured on recordings by artists on Albany and Centaur Records. A CD featuring his work for the New Hampshire Master Chorale, There Are Many Other Legends, was recently released by Navona Records.

Santore received the 2018 Distinguished Teaching Award from Plymouth State University, where he teaches composition and theory (and where he has also received the Award for Distinguished Scholarship for his compositional work). He began his musical career as an All-State trumpet player in his native east Tennessee. He went on to study composition with Stephen Jaffe, Eugene Kurtz, Donald Grantham, Elaine Barkin, and William Kraft, and holds academic degrees from Duke University, The University of Texas at Austin, and UCLA. Before moving to New England, Santore taught at Occidental College, California State University, Los Angeles, and the University of Minnesota. He is also active as a music theorist and as a conductor. His biography is included in recent editions of Marquis Who’s Who in America.

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