Program Notes
Music, Images, Edition and Video by Ana Paola Santillán Alcocer (2013).

ONEIROPHRENIA is based on this serious mental disorder. The music and video portrays the schizoid state and view of a patient with this detrimental illness, as well as the losing battle...

Biographical Sketch
Ana Paola has written for all genres of contemporary music from orchestral to chamber, chorus, solo instruments, electronic, video and installation. She has been performed by such ensembles and soloists as Gail Archer, The Het Trio, the Enso, Camerton and Carlos Chavez String Quartets, Duo Sonoris, Speculuum Musicae, the New York New Music Ensemble, Mexico’s National Symphony Orchestra, the Bellas Artes Chamber Orchestra, the Woodlands Symphony and the Shepherd School Chamber orchestra, among others.

Some of her honors include first prize at the interdisciplinary competition “Spectacle des architectes et compositeurs” 2008 (Fontainebleau, France); winner of the Paul Cooper Prize in Composition 2008 (Rice University); 2nd prize in the Josef Dorfman Memorial International Composition Prize 2007 (Michelstadt, Germany); she earned the 2010 National Commission for Youth Orchestras (Mexico, Conaculta); the UNESCO-Aschberg Bursaries for Artists Programme; resident composer at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and works at several of the annual Foro Internacional de Musica Nueva Manuel Enriquez in Mexico City. Her piece NEMESIS, for orchestra, was selected to represent Mexico at the UNESCO 57th International Rostrum of Composers in Lisbon, Portugal (2010). NEMESIS was also performed by the National Symphony Orchestra at the Palace of Fine Arts in Mexico City. Her piece “Fractum” for flute, bass clarinet & piano is published by ALEA PUBLISHING & RECORDING.

She has been a composition fellow at the Brevard Music Center (U.S.A.), the Czech American Summer Music Institute (Czech Republic), the Internationale Sommer MusikaKademie (Germany), the Fontainebleau Conservatory (France) and the Candian Contemporary Music Workshop (Canada). She has recieved grants and fellowships such as the FULBRIGHT Scholarship; the Mary Ellen Hale Lovett Fellowship from Rice University; the Program for Foreign Studies Scholarship by the National Fund for Culture and Arts (FONCA, Mexico); the Graduate Excellence Fellowship and the Provost Fellowship from McGill University.

Ana Paola is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in music composition, under the supervision of John Rea, at the Schulich School of Music, McGill University, in Montreal, Canada. Concurrently, she studies an associate degree in Visual Arts and Multimedia exploring abstract and/or narrative elements in order to combine music with video.

She holds the Master of Music degree, graduating Magna Cum Laude, from Rice University and received her LTCL Licentiate in music composition, with distinction, from Trinity College London. Her main composition teachers have been: Gerardo Taméz, Alejandro Velasco, Vincent Carver, Arthur Gottschalk and John Rea.