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Ivette Herryman Rodríguez was born on the Island of Youth, Cuba in 1982. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music Composition from the Higher Institute of Arts (ISA) in Havana, in 2006, and her Master’s in Music Composition at Baylor University, in Texas, graduating with distinctions in 2013. In 2017, Herryman completed a Master of Music in Music Theory and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Music Composition at Michigan State University (MSU). Her composition professors have been Juan Piñera, Scott McAllister, Ricardo Lorenz, and Zhou Tian.

Herryman has written music for solo instruments, chamber groups, large ensembles, electronic media, children, church music, film music, and musical theater. She composes concert music that is informed by her Cuban heritage. Her compositions have been performed in important concert halls across Cuba, Mexico, El Salvador, Bolivia, United States, Spain, the Netherlands, and Japan. Her piece, Sigue, for women’s choir was published by Walton music in 2015 and became a best seller in the year of its publication, selling over 5000 copies. Her zarzuela, Cerca del Rio, was recorded by Colibrí productions in 2007 and won a Cubadisco Special Award in 2010. She is the receiver of the 2015-16 prestigious Brandon Fradd Fellowship in Music Composition given by the CINTAS Foundation. Her music is recorded on Colibrí productions and is part of the Naxos Music Library. Herryman has been Artist in Residence in Mexico and El Salvador.

She remains active, composing for soloists, choirs, and chamber ensembles that commission her with frequency. Her professional activity also includes her work as a pianist and teacher of piano, composition, and music theory. Herryman has taught at the Higher Institute of Arts, in Havana, the Opera of El Salvador, Baylor University, and Michigan State University. She currently holds a Lecturer position at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she teaches music theory and ear training.

Herryman is a member of the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC), the Cuban Association of Authors’ Rights (ACDAM), and the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP).

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Works
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  • Ofrenda (trumpet, double bass, piano, drums) 3:10’, 2005

    Advent overture (oboe, piano, strings) 3:12’, 2012

    • Fun-fare (7 trumpets in Bb) 3’, 2015

    • Sol de las Esperanzas (baritone, soprano sax, harp, percussion, and string quintet) 7:48’, 2015

    • By the rhythm of your truth, set us free (flute, bassoon, violin, cello, marimba) 6:50’, 2016

    “Convergencias, rapsodia concertante” for tenor saxophone, percussion, piano, and string quintet. 15′, 2017

  • • El libro de los musiniños, part II (2 pianos) 8’, 2005

    Texeando (alto sax and piano) 12:20, 2012

    • Three dances for bassoon: Tanxibanera, Habanxixango, and Mabanxixera (bassoon and piano) 9’, 2015

    • Black montuno (clarinet in Bb and piano) 12:45’, 2015

  • • Canción de cuna (violin, cello, piano) 6’, 2009

  • • Ofrenda (trumpet, double bass, piano, drums) 3:10’, 2005

    • Advent overture (oboe, piano, strings) 3:12’, 2012

    • Fun-fare (7 trumpets in Bb) 3’, 2015

    • Sol de las Esperanzas (baritone, soprano sax, harp, percussion, and string quintet) 7:48’, 2015

    • By the rhythm of your truth, set us free (flute, bassoon, violin, cello, marimba) 6:50’, 2016

    “Convergencias, rapsodia concertante” for tenor saxophone, percussion, piano, and string quintet. 15′, 2017

  • • Sigue (women’s choir with piano accompaniment) 3:10’, 2012

    • Quiéreme entera (women’s choir with piano accompaniment) 3’, 2012

  • • Who? Where? Eat. (children´s choir with piano accompaniment) 3:37’, 2015

    • Hungry for more (children´s choir with piano accompaniment) 3:21’, 2015

  • • A Danzon done my way 7:25’, 2016

    • Black montuno
    (version for Clarinet in Bb or saxophone soprano and symphony orchestra) 13′, 2016

    • Ofrenda
    (version for jazz quartet and symphony orchestra) 6′, 2016

  • • Voices of the soul (mezzo-soprano and orchestra) 17’, 2013

  • • Black montuno (concertino for clarinet in Bb and wind ensemble) 12:50’, 2014

    • The Barge Haulers. Commissioned by Dr. Chester Phillips and the Georgia State University Wind Orchestra. (2017)

  • • Cerca del Río (zarzuela for 6 soloists, choir, and orchestra) 55’, 2006

  • • Electroescenas (a collaboration between student composers) 4’, 2003

    • On the inside (for viola and loop machine) 6:30′, 2016

  • • Hijo de Tigre (short film). Directed by Federico Naguil, 2004

    • El Dorado (documentary). Directed by Ozren Milharcic, 2005

    • Respira (short film). Directed by Gustavo Torres Riffo, 2007

    • El último de los Forajidos (short film). Directed by Gustavo Torres Riffo, 2008

    • Los Desplazados (short film). Directed by Gustavo Torres Riffo, 2009

  • • Glorioso día aquel, 2000

    • Yo dependo de Él, 2001

    • Dime alma mía, 2005.

    • Canción de la mujer, 2006

    • Padre amoroso, 2008

    • En quién confiar, 2008

    • Madre, 2010

    • Canción de la abuela, 2010

    • Bendita Navidad, 2010

    • Venimos a la casa de Dios, 2011

    • Yo sé, 2012

    • Canción de adviento, 2012

    • Wait and See, 2015

  • • Benediction (SATB), 2015.

    • Blessed (SATB), in progress.

EVENTS upcoming & past

  • April 2018

    April 20
    Performance of “Black Montuno
    The Ball State Symphony Band with Dr.
    Elizabeth Crawford as a soloist.
    Caroline Hand, conductor.
    Sursa Performance Hall in Muncie, IN

    June 2018

    World premiere. New work for women’s choir.
    2018 More Than Music Here festival. Grand Rapids, MI

    July 2018

    World premiere. New work for chamber ensemble.
    Commissioned by Kevin Noe and the Pittsburg New Music Ensemble (PNME).

    UPCOMING

    Performance. Pain, the darkest place.
    The Lawrence Symphony Orchestra, under conductor Mark Dupere.

  • 2018

    February 21, 2018

    Performance of “Three Dances for Bassoon and Piano: Tanxibanera, Habanaxixera, Mabanxixango.
    Illinois Modern Ensemble from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Foellinger Great Hall, KCPA

     

    2017

    March 15, 2017
    Performance. Sutiles, for piano solo.
    University of Nevada, Reno.

    April 11, 2017
    Premiere. In the presence of beauty, version for tenor saxophone and piano.
    Michigan State University College of Music

    April 11, 2017 
    The Barge Haulers” – World Premiere
    Premiere by the Georgia State University Wind Orchestra
    Chester Phillips, conductor
    Rialto Center for the Arts, Georgia State University

    April 18, 2017
    Performance. From El libro de los musiniños: Arcoiris, Homenaje a Carlos Fariñas, Nana de los musiniños, and Guitarra, for two pianos.
    Michigan State University College of Music

    June 2017
    Performance. By the rhythm of your truth, set us free.
    Branson, Missouri.

    February 2, 2017
    Premiere of Black montuno (a concertino for clarinet in Bb and Wind ensemble)
    Michigan State University Symphony Band
    John T. Madden, conductor
    Soloist: Sam Davies
    Cobb Great Hall, Wharton Center, East Lansing, Michigan
    http://music.msu.edu/event-listing/symphony-band-12

    February 28, 2017 
    Dúo para un Solista (A duet for a soloist)
    San Davies, Bass Clarinet in Bb
    Michigan State University College of Music (MSU)

    2016

    Dec. 16
    Performance of Sigue (foro women’s choir) by Choral Luna under Wilmia Berrier, conductor
    Paula church, Havana, Cuba

    Dec. 18
    Havana, Cuba
    Premiere of Ofrenda for jazz quartet and symphony orchestra National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba
    Cosette Justo, conductor
    32 International Festival Jazz Plaza

    Premiere of Black montuno (version for soprano saxophone and symphony orchestra)
    National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba
    Cosette Justo, conductor
    32 International Festival Jazz Plaza
    Nov 29: “Duet for Bassoon and piano.”
    Performers: MSU professors Michael Kroth and Deborah Moriarty.

    Nov 8
    Performance of On the inside in Cook recital hall,
    MSU College of Music
    Performer: Matt Pickart

    Nov: “Son para Luis y Mara” (viola).
    Written for violist Mara Tieles.

    Oct 20th
    Premiere of the work On the inside, for viola and loop pedal in Amsterdan, The Netherlands. Written for Mara Tieles.

    July 30th: “Duo para un solista” (Duet for a Soloist)
    for Bass Clarinet
    La Paz, Bolivia
    — World premiere —

    May 1st:By the rhythm of your truth, set us free.”
    for Chamber ensemble
    Soup Spoon Cafe / 4:00 PM
    East Lansing, MI
    — World premiere —
    for tickets and more information click here

    April 2016: “Un danzón a mi manera”
    for Symphony orchestra
    World premiere by the MSU Concert Orchestra
    conducted by Weimar Arancibia
    Fairchild Theater at Michigan State University

    April 2016: “Who? Where? Eat.” & “Hungry for more
    World Premieres by the Children’s Choir of the MSU Community Music School. CMS Singers
    Wharton Center, East Lansing, Michigan.

    2015

    October 19th: “Sigue
    for Women’s choir
    Performance by The Harlingen South High School Combined Women’s Chorus. Harlingen, TX.

    November 14th: “Sigue
    for Women’s choir
    Performance by the TMEA
    District-Treble Choir. Harlingen, TX.

    November 24th: “Black Montuno” (piano and clarinet version), Performance by clarinetist Samuel Davies and pianist Ivette Herryman-Rodriguez in Cook Recital Hall. College of Music, Michigan State University.

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