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Biography

With premiereson five continents, in twenty countries, and in forty-one states, Wayne Oquin is among today’s most regularly performed American composers. A native of Houston, Texas, Oquin’s music has been commissioned and programmed by The Danish National Symphony, The Munich Philharmonic, The Pacific Symphony, and The Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as by The King’s Singers, pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin, and Grammy Award-winning organist Paul Jacobs.

On opening night of its 2017-18 season, The Philadelphia Orchestra, under the direction of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, gave the east coast premiere of Oquin’s Resilience. This mini-concerto, featuring organist Paul Jacobs, was met with rave reviews, the Philadelphia Inquirer declaring it, “solidly constructed…a hearty surprise…that warranted an instant encore.” In May 2018, Nézet-Séguin will lead the Philadelphia Orchestra in additional performances in Brussels, Hamburg, and Luxembourg.

Echoes of a Solitary Voice, a tribute to the late Maestro Lorin Maazel, was commissioned and premiered by The Danish National Symphony Orchestra. Echoes received three additional performances with The Munich Philharmonic led by Maestro Rafael Payare.

Recognized for his achievements in choral music, Oquin’s O Magnum Mysterium has been called a “masterpiece,” in the standard chorale repertoire.The work was recorded by the Houston Chamber Choir under the direction of Robert Simpson and recently by The Dallas Chamber Choir, led by Jon Culpepper. Kent Tritle conducted the work at the 2014 Christmas Eve Service at The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. This season, the Wisconsin Chamber Choir gave the world premiere of Oquin’s newest work, Alleluia.

Widely known for his contributions to the symphonic wind literature, Oquin has been performed by the United States Air Force, Army Field, Coast Guard, Marine, and West Point Military Academy Bands.In October 2017, The Marine Band performed Oquin’s A Solemn Place on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. Tower Ascending, a tribute to the rebuilding of ground zero, has received more than one hundred performances throughout the U.S. and abroad. Affirmation, commissioned by the American Bandmaster’s Association and the University of Florida, was named winner of the 2014 National Band Association’s William D. Revelli Award. In recognition of their extensive collaboration with Oquin, the U.S. Air Force honored the composer with its prestigious Commander’s Medal of Excellence.

In 2008, upon completing his Doctorate of Musical Arts, The Juilliard School awarded Oquin its coveted Richard F. French Prize for best dissertation and appointed him to its faculty. As chair of Juilliard’s musicianship department, Dr. Oquin teaches music theory and graduate studies courses, lecturing weekly on Beethoven and The American Symphony: Ives to Corigliano.



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