Geoffrey Kidde, D.M.A.Associate Professor
Composer and Flutist Geoffrey Kidde (born 1963) has written music for a wide variety of media: two operas; an orchestral song cycle; an electronic tape mime theater work based on Kafka’s Metamorphosis; film scores; works for instruments with electronic tape; and orchestral, vocal, choral and chamber music. Mr. Kidde was commissioned by the National Flute Association to compose a work for the final round of the 2002 National Flute Association Convention’s High School Soloist Competition in Washington, D.C. Another commission came from Hofstra University New Music Ensemble, which resulted in The Spirit of Liberty (2002) for Soprano, Flute, Alto Saxophone, Violin, 'Cello, Piano and Two Percussionists. A number of his recent works have been performed at Manhattanville College, including Two Songs from John Donne (2009) for women's choir and piano, and Manhattanville in Spring for Soprano and Piano. This last was performed at the inauguration of president, Molly Easo Smith.
As a flutist, he is known for innovative programming and vibrant musicianship. He performed his work Samsara (2006) for solo flute and electronics at the College Music Society 52nd Annual Convention in 2009. He performed his own Electric Blues at the 2005 National Flute Association Convention in San Diego. The Electric Expressions Concert at the 1999 Bar Harbor Music Festival featured Kidde performing George Crumb’s Vox Balanae (Voice of the Whale) (1972) for electric flute, electric ‘cello and electric piano, and Thea Musgrave’s Narcissus (1986) for flute and digital delay. This concert also included Kidde’s own Waves (1999) for ‘cello and computer generated sounds. Nan Lincoln, in The Bar Harbor Times, wrote that “Mr. Kidde’s flute was an absolute joy to hear with its distinct yet liquid phrasing.” In 2000, the Bar Harbor Music Festival commissioned and presented the premiere of Geoffrey Kidde’s Shooting Star, written for the Stuart Marrs Percussion Ensemble.
Manhattanville College is located in Purchase, New York on a beautiful 100-acre suburban campus, 10 minutes from downtown White Plains and just 30 miles from New York City. It has an amazingly diverse mix of students from more than 30 states and 50 countries. The College has 1,700 undergraduates and 1,000 graduate students.
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