I am a composer who has recently compleated my PhD at LSU. My muisc draws inspiration from new 21st century composition practices found in, minimalism, Impressionism, and experimental music.
Who am I?
From a very young age, I have been captivated by the power of music. My family often reminisces about how I could watch Disney's Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 repeatedly, along with the classic Lion King. My lifelong passion has been to write symphonies, concertos, and quartets that capture the refinement and passion of the master composers I adore. Through my music, I aim to weave a narrative that evokes imagination and artistry while taking the listener on an exhilarating journey with unexpected twists and turns. My music echoes the Late Romantic, Impressionistic, and Early 20th Century periods, which have all played a significant role in shaping my artistic identity. For me, harmony is an essential expressive dimension that allows me to blur the lines between tonal and non-tonal progressions, exploring extreme chromaticism, and embracing the simplicity of minimalist school. I strive to draw on traditional resources while still pushing beyond their boundaries. In my orchestration, I prefer rich, yet transparent textures that bring the score to life. I believe that good orchestration requires frequent instrumental movement and the skillful use of counterpoint. Ultimately, I see myself as part of a historical line of composers who have learned to use their creativity to tell compelling stories through music. To date, I have written works in several genres, including Wind Ensembles and String Orchestras
Dr. Jeremi W. Edwards is a Louisiana native, Graduate from McNeese State University with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education. Dr. Edwards then graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, with a Master of Music in Theory and Composition where he studied composition with Dr. Quincy Hilliard. Dr. Edwards has recently compleated his PhD in Music Composition program at the Louisiana State University in the studio of Dr. Mara Gibson. Dr. Edwards's Music is a synthesis of his love for neo classical textures and an impressionistic harmonic texture. Dr. Jeremi W. Edwards is an Alumni of Kappa Kappa Psi and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia. Dr. Edwards has recently joined the Arts advisory board for the Cultural Noir Theater Company in San Diego California as well as Joining the board for the New Music on the Bayou Summer Festival. Dr. Edwards is Currently the Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition at McNeese State University.
McNeese State University
May 2017| BA in Music with a concentration in Instrumental Education
University of Louisiana as Lafayette
May 2019| MM in Music concentration in Composition
Louisiana State University
May 2022| PhD in Music Composition Graduate minor in Music Theory