Joshua Clausen’s music inhabits stylistic interstices, blending elements of concert music, new music technologies and varied popular forms. Described by Public Radio International as “powerful” and “poignant,” Clausen’s works frequently fuse strong rhythmic textures, intense harmony and intricate patterning with narratives from history, mass culture and current events.
Performances of Clausen’s works include the 2018 Tribeca New Music Festival, a 2019 showcase of Clausen’s choral works in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, Ensemble Mise-En, ShoutHouse, Verdant Vibes in Providence RI, ARENA DANCES at St. Paul’s Fitzgerald theater, the 2018 American Choral Directors Association Conference in Oklahoma City, and the American Composers Forum showcase. Clausen’s music has been featured on PRI’s The World with Marco Werman and Classical Minnesota Public Radio.
Clausen’s music has been recognized by a McKnight Composer Fellowship and a Jerome Foundation Composer/Sound Artist Fellowship, as well as awards from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, the American Composers Forum, and the Minnesota State Arts Board. Clausen holds degrees from the University of Minnesota and Concordia College in Moorhead, where his instructors have included Douglas Geers, Judith Lang Zaimont, Alex Lubet, Daniel Breedon, Liviu Marinescu and Steven Makela. He is a member of the Spitting Image Collective, a Twin-Cities group dedicated to composer-curated programming, and mentors young composers during the American Composers Forums’annual NextNotes initiative.