Amos just completed an artist residency in Lucerne Switzerland in August, awarded to him through the Chicago sister cities program and the Swiss benevolent society. In Lucerne he worked on a string quartet for the Chicago Q ensemble, to be premiered sometime during their 2012 – 2013 season. In the fall of 2012, Amos will have a new work for flute and piano premiered by Trevor Patrick Watkin and Amy Wurtz at the Chopin Theater, and another piece for solo guitar premiered by James Baur. He’s currently working on original composition and sound design for the Eclipse Theatre production of Eugene O’Neill’s “A Long Day’s Journey Into Night”. Other projects include an orchestra piece for the Chicago Composers Orchestra and a choir work for the Grande Prairie Singers .
Amos has received performances by various chamber groups around the world, including: International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Attacca Woodwind Quintet, MAVerick Ensemble, Third Millennium Ensemble, Klang Par2, Access Contemporary Music (ACM), Chicago Opera Vanguard (COV), VOX3 Vocal Collective, Hyde Park Youth Symphony, Encore/Coda Symphony Orchestra and the Phoenix Creative Music Movement (PCMM). Amos’s music has been heard at various venues and Festivals including: Illinois Musicians Festival at Grant Park, North American Saxophone Alliance Conference in Tempe AZ, Old Synagogue chamber music series in Mainz Germany, An Die Musik in Baltimore MD, Chicago Cultural Center, Music Institute of Chicago, Court Theatre, Chopin Theater, Green Mill, Ganz Hall and Curtiss Hall in Chicago.
Amos was one of four composers selected by the D.C. based Third Millennium Ensemble for their 2011 call for scores and was a finalist for the Columbia Orchestra’s 2011 call for scores. He has received the 2011 and 2009 Chicago Community Arts Assistance Program Grants (CAAP), the 2008 Evanston Cultural Arts Grant, and the 2008 Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Finalist Award. He was a finalist for the 2006 ASCAP young jazz composers’ award, and was a partial recipient to the 2005 Macarthur Foundation Grant through the Chicago College of Performing Arts. Amos won the 2006 Attacca Woodwind Quintet call for scores and was one of five student composers in Chicago selected by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) for the 2006 Winter Composition Festival at the Chicago College of Performing Arts.
Since his early youth, Amos has been a student of music composition, saxophone performance, and piano performance. His principal composition teachers have been Bruce Reiprich, Stacy Garrop, Gyula Fekete, and Sebastian Huydts. He studied classical saxophone with Wildy Zumwalt and Jonathan Bergeron. His piano studies have been with Sharon Rogers. He has studied jazz from bassists Joel DiBartolo and Marlene Rosenberg, drummer Michael Raynor, saxophonists Jerry DiMuzio, and Dave Pietro.
Amos has taught music theory at Chicago State University, the Peoples Music School in Chicago and the Schaumburg Academy of Music. He currently teaches Piano and Saxophone at the Devonshire Cultural Center in Skokie. He received a Master’s degree in composition from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt U., and a bachelor’s degree in Saxophone performance from Northern Arizona U.
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