0 Carrie Magin

Carrie Magin

Carrie Magin

Associate Professor of Music Composition & Theory; Theory & Composition Area Coordinator

With music of luminous vocal resonance, percussive intensity, and shimmering instrumentation, internationally-performed composer Carrie Magin traverses a wide emotional range with her fresh and universal voice. This “wonderful emerging composer” (conductor Brett Scott) creates music described as having “an appealing lyrical quality” (mezzo-soprano Lynne McMurtry) and “playful and fun, and then filled with such a sad sense of longing and deep contemplation…so beautiful,” (poet Shannon Rayne).

Though her past work focused mainly on instrumental music (commissions by the Akron Youth Symphony, percussionist Kenyon Williams, and the Promethean Saxophone Quartet), Carrie Magin’s recent interests revolve around the relationship between sung or spoken text and music (recent commissions by the University of Cincinnati CCM Chorale, the UC Women’s Chorus, bass trombonist Russ Zokaites, and the Immanuel Presbyterian Choir in Cincinnati, OH). “Be a Voice, Sky,” a concert of Magin’s works presented in Cincinnati in 2013 highlighted her collaborations with local and international poets, and in 2014 she collaborated with University of Cincinnati Professor Don Bogen on “Elegies” for CCM Chorale and Café Momus Contemporary Ensemble. Also in 2014, she collaborated with Vancouver-based poet Shannon Rayne on “Coffee Stained,” a sassy, sensitive, and jazz-like 15-minute work for bass trombone, piano, and narrator. “Coffee Stained” was premiered by “Transformative Perspectives” at the ArtSEEDZ Festival in the Netherlands in May of 2014.


  • D.M.A in Composition | University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music
  • M.M. in Composition | University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music
  • B.Mus. in Composition (Minor: German) | University of Michigan
  • B.M.A. in Percussion Performance | University of Michigan
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Being able to work with the students and faculty at Houghton University is a true gift, and I value my ability to promote growth in my students, foster a sense of community in my department, and collaborate with my phenomenal colleagues in the Greatbatch School of Music.

As a marimba-focused percussionist, Magin has worked closely with the renowned marimbists/percussionists Keiko Abe, Nancy Zeltsman, Bogdan Bacanu, and Peter Sadlo. She has frequently performed her own work and had various performances in Europe including solo and ensemble concerts in the Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, and France.

Honors and Awards

  • Fulbright Teaching Assistantship
  • Arts Education Grant from Genesee Valley Council on the Arts with funds from New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA)
  • Arts Education Grant from Tri-County Arts Council with funds from NYSCA
  • Community Arts Grant from the Arts Council for Wyoming County with funds from NYSCA
  • New York Foundation for the Arts Strategic Opportunity Stipend
  • Solo piano piece (Welcoming) included in NewMusicShelf Anthologies of New Music
  • Two art songs (Be Music, Night and Mnemosyne) included in NewMusicShelf Anthologies of New Music
  • Houghton University Faculty Development Grant
  • Nomination for the Houghton College Excellence in Teaching Award
  • Notable Commissions: The Trombones of the Saint Louis Symphony, University of Cincinnati Women’s Chorus, University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Choral Department, Georgia College Choral Ensembles, Akron Youth Symphony, Amity Trio, Mary Hubbell (Smith College/University of Massachusetts), Kenyon Williams (Minnesota State University), Russ Zokaites (Morehead State University)
  • Notable Performances/Performers: Georgia College Choirs (Carnegie Hall), Grammy award-winning cellist Jonah Kim, Boston Opera Collaborative, Buffalo Chamber Players, Interlochen World Youth Honors Choir, Georgia Tech Concert Band, Society for New Music’s Vision of Sound, Eastman Women in Music Festival, KC VITAs, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Concert Band, Vocalypse’s Opera From Scratch, ArtSEEDZ Festival (Netherlands), Accidental Music Festival

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