Aaron Severini

Aaron Severini composes music for concert, dance, film, television, and new media. Premieres include “Catch” performed by three-time Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn and pianist Cory Smythe at Davies Symphony Hall (CA). Aaron collaborates regularly with choreographers and has composed original scores for New York City Ballet, the Pacific Northwest Ballet School, The Juilliard School, and the New York Choreographic Institute. Severini's music has been licensed to underscore promotional campaigns for Cartier, Unicef, Squarespace, and MasterCard.

ARTS EDUCATION AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE:

2017-present

The School of American Ballet in New York, NY.

Create and present a music lecture series to over fifty students. Includes music and dance history, focusing on influential choreographers, dancers, musicians, and composers who collaborated in the making of ballet. Introduces the fundamentals of music through Ear Training, score study, listening examples, meter identification, and rhythmic groupings commonly used in ballet class, ballet repertoire, and concert music.

2017-present

Fineline Theatre Arts in New Milford, CT.

Create and present a music lecture series to dance students ages nine through sixteen. Emphasis on meter, rhythm, and phrasing as it applies to movement.

2016-present

The Juilliard Pre-College Division and the New York City Ballet in New York, NY.

Conceived and implemented an annual event for composition students to attend orchestra and stage rehearsals of Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Students observe the orchestra and dancers rehearsing while studying Tchaikovsky’s score.

2016-present

The Opera-Composer Collaborative Project (OperaComp) at The Juilliard School and National Sawdust in New York.

Co-founder and Co-Artistic Director. Produce and oversee the student-run interdisciplinary program consisting of composers, playwrights, directors, singers, actors, and instrumentalists from Juilliard, NYU, and Columbia. Foster productive communication between artists to fulfill their vision. Schedule rehearsals and organize backstage technical details. Fundraise and partner with donors to support the project.

2018

Kent School in Kent, CT.

Created and delivered a music lecture to dance students focusing on music as it applies to movement, including an introduction to music theory along with listening and printed music examples.

2017

The Juilliard School and The School of American Ballet in New York, NY.

Arranged for Juilliard composition students to attend a ballet class at The School of American Ballet. Composers gained insight into the way ballet dancers moved to music, including phrasing and interpretation of rhythm.

2017

The Juilliard School’s Lunch & Learn in New York, NY.

Lectured and led an open discussion with Juilliard students, alumni, and administration on the collaborative process between dancers, choreographers, musicians, and composers.

2017

The Juilliard School in New York, NY.

Co-organized and facilitated a panel discussion for the class, “Juilliard’s Essentials of Entrepreneurship in Dance.” Arranged for Georgina Pazcoguin, New York City Ballet soloist and star of On the Town and Cats, to participate in the discussion.

2015-2017

The Juilliard School and the New York City Ballet in New York, NY.

Organized multiple events for composition students to attend orchestra and stage rehearsals at the New York City Ballet. Students had the opportunity to study scores while experiencing the makings of a ballet in a professional framework.

2016

The 92nd Street Y in New York, NY.

Presentation on the collaborative process with Alvin Ailey dancer and choreographer Marcus Willis. Question and Answer format consisting of topics relating to how composers, dancers, and choreographers communicate and work together on a project.

PROFESSIONAL DANCE EXPERIENCE:

1998-2009

New York City Ballet – Corps de Ballet

Performed works by George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Peter Martins, and Christopher Wheeldon. Original cast in works by Susan Stroman, Peter Martins, Melissa Barak, and Richard Tanner. Numerous collaborations with the Company’s education and outreach programs, including children's workshops and Ballet for Young People. Television appearances in Balanchine’s The Nutcracker (ABC) and multiple broadcasts of Live from Lincoln Center (PBS).

DEGREES:

2017

The Juilliard School, Master of Music, Composition, studies with John Corigliano.

2015

The Juilliard School, Bachelor of Music, Composition, studies with Christopher Rouse.

MUSIC AND DANCE TRAINING:

2006

Mannes College, The New School for Music, Ear Training

1995-1998

The School of American Ballet: teachers included Stanley Williams, Mikhail Baryshnikov (ballet); Jock Soto (partnering); Olga Kostritzky (character); Pierre Dulaine and Yvonne Marceau (ballroom); Jeffery Middleton (music).

1996

The Royal Danish Ballet: teachers included Adam Luders (ballet).

1993-1995

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts: teachers included Duncan Noble, Melissa Hayden, Warren Conover (ballet).

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