Damien Geter

Damien Geter

Damien Geter is an acclaimed composer who infuses classical music with various styles from the black diaspora to create music that furthers the cause for social justice.  Damien’s growing body of work includes chamber, vocal, orchestral, and now full operatic works.

Geter has six premieres as a composer in 2022. His large work, An African American Requiem, will premiere in Spring 2022 in partnership with Resonance Ensemble and the Oregon Symphony with subsequent performances at the Kennedy Center.  I Said What I Said for Imani Winds, co-commissioned by Anima Mundi Productions, Chamber Music Northwest, and The Oregon Bach Festival, will premiere in 2022 as well, in addition to his one-act opera Holy Ground for Glimmerglass Opera in July 2022. Also premiering in July 2022, is his piece Elegy for American Guild of Organists, his piece The Bronze Legacy for Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the chamber version of American Apollo for Des Moines Metro Opera. Future commissions include premieres at Seattle Opera and Emmanuel Music, and World Premiere full operatic productions in 2024, 2025, and 2026 at Seattle Opera, Virginia Opera, InSeries Opera, and Portland Opera.

 

Calendar

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Jul 9
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Jul 11
Buh-roke (World Premiere)
Composer
Portland Baroque Opera
Portland, OR
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Aug 27
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Sep 2
1619
Composer
On Site Opera
New York City, New York
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Oct 30
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Oct 30
Cantata for a More Hopeful Tomorrow (World Premiere)
Composer
Pacific Chorale
Costa Mesa, CA
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Nov 6
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Nov 6
Cantata for a More Hopeful Tomorrow
Composer
Southwestern University
Georgetown, TX
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Mar 14
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Mar 14
The Bronze Legacy (World Premiere)
Composer
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Chicago, IL
Event Date
Apr 3
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Apr 3
Cantata for a More Hopeful Tomorrow
Composer
Bethune Cookman University
Daytona, FL
Apr 6
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Apr 6
Justice Symphony (World Premiere)
Composer
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
Event Date
May 1
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May 1
Cantata for a More Hopeful Tomorrow
Composer
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, AZ
Event Date
Apr 27
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May 2
I Said What I Said (World Premiere)
Composer
Imani Winds
New York, New York
Event Date
May 7
to
May 7
An African American Requiem (World Premiere)
Composer
Oregon Symphony
Portland, OR
May 21
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May 22
Cantata for a More Hopeful Tomorrow
Composer
Choral Arts Northwest
Seattle, WA
May 21
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May 23
An African American Requiem
Composer
Kennedy Center
Washington, D.C.
Event Date
Jun 12
to
Jun 12
Justice Symphony
Composer
Kennedy Center
Washington, D.C.
Jun 25
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Jun 25
Cantata for a More Hopeful Tomorrow
Composer
Berkshire Choral International
Great Barrington, MA
Event Date
Jul 1
to
Jul 1
Elegy (World Premiere)
Composer
American Guild of Organists
New York, NY
Jul 20
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Jul 23
American Apollo
Composer
Des Moines Metro Opera
Des Moines, IO
Jul 29
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Aug 20
Holy Ground (World Premiere)
Composer
Glimmerglass Opera
Cooperstown, NY

Artist Bio

Damien Geter is an acclaimed composer who infuses classical music with various styles from the black diaspora to create music that furthers the cause for social justice.  Damien’s growing body of work includes chamber, vocal, orchestral, and now full operatic works.

Recent highlights include commissions Cantata for a Hopeful Tomorrow for The Washington Chorus with subsequent performances at Pacific Chorale, Choral Arts Northwest, Bethune Cookman University, Northern Arizona University, Southwestern University, and Berkshire Choral International, The Justice Symphony for the University of Michigan which will have subsequent performances with The Washington Chorus at the Kennedy Center, Buh-roke for the Portland Baroque Orchestra which will have subsequent performances with the Seattle Symphony, Invisible for Opera Theater Oregon, and String Quartet No. 1, Neo-Soul for All Classical Portland and On-Site Opera.  His piece 1619 also appeared with On Site Opera last fall as part of their presentation “What Lies Beneath.”

Geter has six premieres as a composer in 2022. His large work, An African American Requiem, will premiere in Spring 2022 in partnership with Resonance Ensemble and the Oregon Symphony with subsequent performances at the Kennedy Center.  I Said What I Said for Imani Winds, co-commissioned by Anima Mundi Productions, Chamber Music Northwest, and The Oregon Bach Festival, will premiere in 2022 as well, in addition to his one-act opera Holy Ground for Glimmerglass Opera in July 2022. Also premiering in July 2022, is his piece Elegy for American Guild of Organists, his piece The Bronze Legacy for Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the chamber version of American Apollo for Des Moines Metro Opera. Future commissions include premieres at Seattle Opera and Emmanuel Music, and World Premiere full operatic productions in 2024, 2025, and 2026 at Seattle Opera, Virginia Opera, InSeries Opera, and Portland Opera.

Damien is an alum of the Austrian American Mozart Festival, as well as the Aspen Opera Center. He was a semi-finalist for the Irma Cooper Vocal Competition.  In 2012, he toured with the prestigious American Spiritual Ensemble, a group that helps to promote the preservation of the American art form – the spiritual.

The book he co-authored, Music in Context: An Examination of Western European Music Through a Sociopolitical Lens is available on Amazon, or directly from the publisher, Kendall Hunt.

Damien currently serves as the Artistic Advisor for Resonance Ensemble and Portland Opera, where he is also Music Director.

He is the owner of DG Music, Sans Fear Publishing.

 

Audio Samples

Audio Sample Symphony No. 1, The Justice Symphony

Video

IV. The Resolve from Cantata for a More Hopeful Tomorrow

An African American Requiem

The Talk

Neo Soul