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Joshua Clausen’s works fuse strong rhythmic textures and intricate patterning with narratives and imagery from history, mass culture and current events. Described by Public Radio International as “powerful” and “poignant,” his pieces frequently blend elements of concert music, new music technologies and diverse stylistic idioms.

Performances of Clausen’s works include the Tribeca New Music Festival, Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall, and engagements with Ensemble Mise-En and ShoutHouse ensemble in Brooklyn. Recent performances also include the 2018 American Choral Directors Association Conference in Oklahoma City, St. Paul’s Fitzgerald Theater, and the American Composers Forum. 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. Instructors have included Douglas Geers, Judith Lang Zaimont, Alex Lubet, Daniel Breedon, Liviu Marinescu and Steve Makela, as well as private lessons with Mary Ellen Childs.  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.