New PARMA Artist: Dennis Kam

Please join us in welcoming new PARMA Artist Dennis Kam to our growing community of artists!

We’re planning to record Dennis’s “String Quartet No. 1” this coming winter – our goal is to include this recording along with new recordings of his more recent works on a full album.

Professor Emeritus and past Chair of Music Theory and Composition at U Miami’s Frost School of Music, Dr. Kam has received many commissions, grants, and awards throughout his career, including from BMI and the Ford Foundation, which enabled him to serve as Professional (Composer)-in-Residence for Honolulu and the State of Hawaii under the auspices of the Ford Foundation/ MENC Contemporary Music Project during 1970–1972. He’s also a Capstone artist and was featured on the 1996 SCI release “Evocations.”

Dennis currently serves as Composer-in-Residence for the South Florida Youth Symphony and conducts the Other Music Ensemble (group for the performance of new music) at the University of Miami. Kam is an active member of the College Music Society and has been a member of both the Executive and National Councils of the Society of Composers, Inc.

Dr. Kam’s works since the 1980s have represented a number and variety of interests including new tonal or post-atonal possibilities, contextual novelty, varieties of focus and perceptibility, time and continuity, meaning, implication and representation in music. 

Check out a sample of Dennis’s music below, and stay tuned for updates on the recording of his “String Quartet No. 1.”

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