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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. Upcoming, his song cycle Cotton will have its world premiere at Lyric Fest, as well as his motet for Emmanuel Music. He will also conduct his own piece An African American Requiem at Fort Worth Opera and ABSENCE: Terence Blanchard with Portland 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. Geter will also have subsequent premieres at Richmond Symphony, where he is the composer in residence through 2025. [read more...]


"a fanciful, skillfully written score" – Anthony Tommasini, New York Times

Holy Ground – “'Holy Ground' explores spirituality quite differently. With a fanciful, skillfully written score, the piece presents a beguiling present-day story of a group of hapless archangels having trouble recruiting a young woman to bear God in human form. (Again? Did the first time not take hold?)"



Aaron Sanko


Shawn Marie Jeffery


Nate Buckley

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