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The New York Times hailed Keith Lay (b. 1958) as ‘a composer to watch for’ and Gramophone Magazine described his work as “unapologetically emotional”. He believes that “Music connects our inner nature with outer nature, where our true nature abides. ”
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“Music connects our inner nature with outer nature where our true nature abides. ”
The New York Times hailed Keith Lay as ‘a composer to watch for,’ and Gramophone Magazine described his work as “unapologetically emotional”. He is invested in supporting the next generation of composers as a founding member of the National Young Composers Challenge.
Lay’s major works include “Earth Caoine (Earth Cry)” for clarinet and orchestra, recorded by Richard Stoltzman in 1996, “Children On The Playground” violin concerto for strings (2000), “Distance Music at Lake Eola for 7 Train Horns, Walking Audience and 28 Brass” (2014) and “Green” for the 3d film/ live orchestra world tour “America’s Wonders” (2019-20).
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Keith Lay’s goal as a composer and teacher is to inspire reverent wonder about the world of sound, and the science, perceptions, emotions, stories and music history that connect us to each other. He was born in 1958 and educated in the strong wind-band traditions of northern Ohio, acquiring a Masters degree in composition from the University of Akron. Further education includes a Masters degree in Educational Media Design from Full Sail University and a certificate in Deep Listening from the legendary composer Pauline Oliveros. Keith enjoyed a long career as a teacher and leader at Full Sail University and is a founding judge of the National Young Composers Challenge.
Mr. Lay’s compositional voice reflects his life as a successful producer of commercial music, film music, a popular music historian, as well as his love of the great Western classical canon. The New York Times named Keith as “a composer to watch for” after a violin concerto heard at Lincoln Center. The Orlando Weekly called him “Orlando’s most inventive composer” for consistently bringing new ideas to music: like positioning radio-controlled train horns and brass choirs in geometric patterns. Mr. Lay’s recent work, “Green” will be touring the world as a part of “America’s Wonders” a 3D film experience for live orchestra. His prizes include winning two International Riverside Symphony Competitions and The American Prize, as well as Arts Fellowships from the State of Florida and grants from United Arts of Central Florida and the Awesome Foundation.