Instructor of Composition (Spring 2016)
Renée Favand-See is a composer and soprano who lives in Portland, Oregon. Her works explore the music of words, of natural and made environments, of emotions and spiritual questions. These investigations yield vocal music of all stripes, Musique Concrète-esque electronic pieces, lyrically driven instrumental music, and counterpoint or the relationships that unfold in the spaces between voices.
Renée is currently working on a new cycle of songs based on scientific texts for mezzo-soprano Hai-Ting Chinn to be premiered at HERE Arts Center in New York City in 2016. Among her commissions are works for Resonance Ensemble, Five Boroughs Music Festival, Lucy Shelton and Eighth Blackbird, Sequitur, PRISM Saxophone Quartet, American Opera Projects, Wet Ink Ensemble, Outer Voices Festival, coloratura soprano Alissa Rose and cellist Ha-Yang Kim.
Other groups who have performed her music include The Julians; Friends of Rain; Electrogals; Del Sol String Quartet; Peabody Trio; and many singers, including Jesse Blumberg, Blythe Gaissert, Anna Haagenson, Jennifer Aylmer, Kristin Norderval, and William Ferguson. Renée is a member of Cascadia Composers and its offshoot of women, Crazy Jane Composers. Renée has written chamber, orchestral, choral and electronic pieces, as well as music for video and dance, including collaborations with Ten Tiny Dances in Portland, TRIP Dance Theatre in Los Angeles, Group Motion in Philadelphia and video artist Christine Sciulli in New York City.
Renée’s works are featured on Five Borough’s “Five Borough Songbook” on GPR Records; Sequitur’s “To Have and to Hold” available on Koch, and on Prism Quartet’s “Dedication” on Innova. She was a recording artist for Cappella Romana’s world premiere recording of the Maximilian Steinberg’s Passion Week.
She holds B.M. and M.M. degrees in composition from the Eastman and Yale Schools of Music, respectively. Renée currently teaches music composition and theory at Portland State University, Lewis & Clark College and Creative Musicians Retreat in New England. She taught composition and related courses for over ten summers at The Walden School.