Southeast Michigan Flute Association

SEMFA 20th Anniversary Flute Choir Commission

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Southeast Michigan Flute Association, SEMFA is forming a consortium to commission a work for flute choir by composer Nina Shekhar. 

This 4 minute work will be scored for 3 C flutes (optional piccolo), alto flute, and bass flute (optional contrabass flute) and will be completed by Winter 2022, with the premier to be given by the SEMFA Flute Choir. The commissioning consortium is seeking 30 contributions of $50.00 to sponsor this work and is open to any interested parties. Members of the commissioning consortium will have their names included in the forward of the piece. 

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Nina Shekhar

Nina Shekhar (b. 1995) is a composer who explores the intersection of identity, vulnerability, love, and laughter to create bold and intensely personal works. Her music has been performed in concert by leading artists including Eighth BlackbirdInternational Contemporary EnsembleAlbany SymphonyETHEL, violinist Jennifer KohEnsemble ÉchappéMusic from Copland House, soprano Tony ArnoldThird Angle New MusicThe New York Virtuoso SingersLyris QuartetRay-Kallay DuoNew Music Detroit, and Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra and has been featured by Carnegie Hall, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Walt Disney Concert Hall (LA Phil’s Noon to Midnight), National Gallery of Art, National Sawdust, National Flute Association, North American Saxophone Alliance, I Care if You Listen, WNYC/New Sounds and WFMT radio, ScoreFollower, TUTTI Festival, Blackbird Creative Lab, Copland House’s CULTIVATE, Bowdoin International Music Festival, New Music on the Point, New Music Detroit’s Strange Beautiful Music, and Detroit REVIVAL Project in collaboration with dance troupe ArtLab J. Her piece Quirkhead, about O.C.D. and mental illness, is scheduled to be featured in an upcoming PBS documentary chronicling the inaugural Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy of Music. Current projects include commissions for the Albany SymphonyJACK Quartet (sponsored by National Sawdust), 45th Parallel Universe chamber orchestra, saxophonist Timothy McAllisterQuadre, the first ever commission for LA’s HEAR NOW Festivalfor the Lyris Quartet, and a First Music chamber commission for the New York Youth Symphony to be premiered at Carnegie Hall and Interlochen Center for the Arts. Recent and upcoming performances include numerous performances by multi-Grammy winning super-group Eighth Blackbird on their 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 seasons and a featured performance at National Sawdust sponsored by the Hildegard Competition. Nina is a two-time recipient of the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award (2015 and 2019) and the recipient of the 2018 ASCAP Foundation Leonard Bernstein Award, funded by the Bernstein family.

Aside from composing, Nina is a versatile performing artist. As a flutist, she studied with Amy Porter and previously with Holly Clemans. Nina has previously performed in masterclasses given by flutists Claire Chase, Tim Munro, composer/flutist Ian Clarke, and electronic flute duo Flutronix. She has also premiered fellow composers’ works at the Midwest Composers Symposium and the New Music on the Point Summer Festival. As a pianist, she has performed in the Poland International Piano Festival as a soloist with the Lublin Philharmonic and studied under Tomoko Mack and previously Brenda Krachenberg. Nina was selected to perform in the Detroit International Jazz Festival with her jazz band in 2012 and 2013 as lead alto saxophonist.

Nina is currently pursuing her PhD in Music Composition at Princeton University. She recently completed composition graduate studies at the University of Southern California, studying with Ted HearneAndrew Norman, and Nina Young and serving as an aural skills and composition teaching assistant.  An active educator, Nina is currently a Composer Teaching Artist Fellow for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and is on faculty at the Idyllwild Arts Academy and Brightwork newmusic‘s Project Beacon initiative.  She has also given guest lectures at Portland State University and Concordia University. She recently served as an inaugural Debut Fellow of the Young Musicians Foundation, mentored by violinist and social activist Vijay Gupta. Nina completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan, earning dual degrees in music composition and chemical engineering. Her previous mentors include Evan ChambersBright ShengKristin KusterMichael DaughertyErik SantosGabriela Lena FrankDerek Bermel, and James Hartway.

Join the Consortium

Contribute now to SEMFA's 20th anniversary flute choir commission for a new work by composer Nina Shekhar. ($50.00 USD)

Composer Nina Shekhar