» Dr. Vera Ivanova
Associate Professor

College of Performing Arts
Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music
Dr. Vera Ivanova
Office Location:
Oliphant Hall 203
(714) 997-6679
Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Master of Music
University of Rochester, Ph.D.
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Vera Ivanova graduated from the Moscow Conservatory (Honours Diploma), Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London (MM with distinction), and the Eastman School of Music (Ph.D. in Composition). Her works have been performed in Russia, Europe and the U.S.A.

After teaching as Assistant Professor of Theory and Composition at the Setnor School of Music of Syracuse University (NY), she was appointed as Assistant Professor of Music in the College of Performing Arts at Chapman University (Orange, CA), where she currently works at the rank of Associate Professor. Dr. Ivanova is also teaching music theory and composition at the Colburn Music Academy for Young Artists.

Vera Ivanova's compositions have been described as "...humanistic and deeply felt works... " (John Bilotta, Society of Composers, Inc.). In her early Fantasy-Toccata (2003) for violin and piano, "the humor takes on a harder, sardonic edge recalling the composer's roots in the work of Shostakovich and Schnittke" (Ted Ayala, Crescenta Valley Weekly). In her later Three Studies in Uneven Meters for piano (2011), "the greatest power of her brief, angular, crystalline music lies in its power to provoke the gods of symmetry" (Laurence Vittes, Lark Gallery Online Blog).

Dr. Ivanova is a recipient of the Sproull Fellowship at Eastman, the Gwyn Ellis Bequest Scholarship at Guildhall School, Moscow Culture Committee and American Composers Forum Subito grants, Honourable mention at the 28th Bourges Electro-Acoustic Competition, 3rd Prize at the 8th International Mozart Competition, 1st Prize in Category "A" at International Contest of Acousmatic Compositions Métamorphoses 2004 (Belgium), the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award, the André Chevillion-Yvonne Bonnaud Composition Prize at the 8th International Piano Competition at Orléans (France), and the Special Award from Yvar Mikhashoff Trust for New Music. She is also a winner of the 2013 Athena Festival Chamber Competition and the 2013 Earplay Donald Aird Composers Competition and was selected for MacDowell colony residency.

Her music is available in print from Universal Edition and Theodore Front Music Literature, Inc., SCI Journal of Music Scores (vol. 45), on CD's from MicroFest Records (Beyond 12 Albun), Ablaze Records (Millennial Masters series, Vol. 2), Quartz Music, Ltd., Navona Records (Nova and Allusions albums), Musiques & Recherches (Métamorphoses 2004), Centaur Records (CRC 3056), and on her website at: www.veraivanova.com.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications
In the summer of 2012 I was a SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship) mentor of Adam Borecki. See the description of the project here: http://advancedmusictheory.com/about/SURF
In 2011-12 I gave guest lectures (presenting my compositions) at California State University, Northridge, Department of Music (3/28/12, Northridge, CA), UCLA's Herb Alpert School of Music (5/30/12, Los Angeles, CA), Sibelius Academy (11/24/11, Helsinki, Finland), Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory (11/21/11, Moscow, Russia).
In 2011-2012 I created new compositions: • Three Studies in Uneven Meters for piano (2011) - revision of the second movement • Aura for clarinet (2012) • Mbira for piano (with optional re-tuning) (2012)
In May 2012 I received a Chapman University's Scholarly/Creative Activity Grant to record with the pianist Mikhail Korzhev (http://www.fullerton.edu/arts/music/faculty_Pages/korzhev.html) and release with PARMA recordings (www.parmarecordings.com) my "Three Studies in Uneven Meters" for piano.
April 18, 2012: New Music, New Voices concert, performance of "Kak u oblaka na krau" (Kristina Driskill and Tony Cho), "Four Drinking Songs" (Jonathan Mack and Tony Cho) at Salmon Recital Hall, Chapman University (Orange, CA);
May 20, 2012: Synchromy/The Midnight Winds collaboration, performance of "Aura" for clarinet solo at the Lineage Performing Arts Center (Pasadena, CA);
June 23, 2012: 2012 Microfest Rad! Festival, performance of "Mbira" for digital piano by Aron Kallay at Beyond Baroque (Venice, CA);
August 25, 2012: 2012 Hear Now Festival, performance of "Quiet Light" at The First Lutheran Church (Venice, CA).
April 18, 2012: New Music, New Voices concert, performance of "Three Summer Songs" for SSAA choir by Women's University choir conducted by Angel Vazquez-Ramos, Salmon Recital Hall, Chapman University (Orange, CA);
May 6, 2012: Chapman University Women's Choir conducted by Angel Vazquez-Ramos, performance of "Three Summer Songs" at Memorial Hall, Chapman University (Orange, CA).