Composer Allen Shearer has been honored with the Rome Prize Fellowship, a Charles Ives Scholarship, the Aaron Copland Award, residencies at the MacDowell Colony, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is also a professional singer, and over half of his works involve singing. He has collaborated with librettist Claudia Stevens on seven operas including Howards End, America, which is still in progress. Their chamber operas The Dawn Makers and Middlemarch in Spring have premiered in San Francisco in recent years. Cited by Joshua Kosman as one of the top ten operas of 2015 and by Encyclopedia Britannica as a leading classical music event on the world stage in 2015, Middlemarch in Spring was given its East Coast premiere by Charlottesville Opera. Allen Shearer is an artistic director of Composers,_Inc. and one of the founders of Sonic_Harvest, the annual new music festival in Berkeley. He teaches singing at the University of California at Berkeley. Visit allenshearer.com/
Initially a composers’ pianist and musical scholar, librettist Claudia Stevens’ twenty-five-year crossover career as a performance artist and playwright brought her national attention and engagements throughout the United States and in Europe and Asia. She was awarded grants by the National Endowment for the Arts (“New Forms”), International Theater Institute, and Virginia Commission for the Arts (twelve grants) and artist residencies including the MacDowell Colony, RS9 Szinhaz in Budapest, Baltimore Theater Project and Gitameit Art Center in Rangoon, Burma. In 2007 she began her collaboration with composer Allen Shearer as the librettist of seven operas, all produced and for several of which she also was stage director. Their chamber opera Middlemarch in Spring, for which she shared a New Music USA grant with Allen, premiered at Z Space in March, 2015. She is on the faculty of the College of William and Mary–see her faculty_bio.