Dr. Vera Ivanova, Composer
Vera Ivanova,

'...internationally recognized as an emerging artist of great talent.'

Campus Times (University of Rochester/Eastman)

Vera Ivanova teaches at Chapman University (Associate Professor of Music, Music Theory and Composition Department). She graduated from Moscow Conservatory (BM and MM), Guildhall School in London (MM), and Eastman School (Ph.D.) with degrees in music composition. Her compositions have been performed worldwide and received many national and international awards.

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Upcoming Performances

July 17th, 2015 - 8:00pm
The Laughing Man Alphabet, duet (2013-14) - Brightwork newmusic ensemble
This performance is a part of Synchromy concert series.
World Premiere of a new work for string quartet
November 18th, 2015 - 7:00pm
- fx quartet
Moscow House of Composers (Moscow, Russia)
November 20th, 2015 - 7:00pm
The Laughing Man Alphabet, duet (2013-14) - Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble
Voronezh, Russia
Exact date To Be Confirmed.
November 21st, 2015 - 7:00pm
The Laughing Man Alphabet, duet (2013-14) - Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble
Sound Ways Music Festival 2015 (Saint Petersburg, Russia)

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May 5th, 2015

Student accomplishments

After being a member of MTAC for just a year and submitting my composition student's music for MTAC State Composers Today Competition and MTAC OC Branch Composers Today competition received great news: my student won the First Prize in a category for high-school students in BOTH competitions, in addition to becoming a finalist with The ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award earlier this year.
January 23rd, 2015 - 11:00am

Presentation at Composition in Asia Festival and Symposium at University of South Florida

Just gave a presentation at the Composition in Asia Festival and Symposium at University of South Florida, titled Discovering Non-Western and Western Instrumental Combinations in my Composition for Violin and Bass Koto “Surface Tension”. It was great to present to such an interesting crowd of colleagues, students, and to see so many familiar from my Eastman days faces!

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'...Solo violin also features in VERA IVANOVA's tremendous QUIET LIGHT: an abstract, searching evocation of light as it penetrates the dome of an ancient church.'

Ablaze Records, CD liner notes to Millennial Masters, Vol. 2

'...humanistic and deeply felt works... they manage to express aspects of the human experience through an artistic medium that is not often associated with such deeply felt emotions...'

John Bilotta (Society of Composers, Inc.)

'...our five finalists are probably the best young composers working anywhere in the world today!'

Dr. Paul Mealor (on the finalists for the 2005 Aberdeen Music Prize, including Ivanova)


Aftertouch, for Piano (2005)
This title Aftertouch implies the composer’s intent to make the listener pay attention to the life and death of each sound with regard to the variety in attacks and decays.

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Aura, for clarinet solo (2011)
Greek in origin, the word "Aura" has multiple meanings, which stand for "air; atmosphere; sensation..." These meanings are interpreted in the piece through the use of extended techniques.

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