EVAN MEIER’s music has been featured in performances by the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, the Great Noise Ensemble, the Capital City Symphony, the Nimbus Ensemble, Nicholas Photinos of eighth blackbird, Paperwing, the Calyx Quartet, the University of Maryland Percussion Ensemble, the Youth Orchestra of Prince William County, the Mclean Youth Orchestra, the Peabody Preparatory Harp Ensemble, and the Chapman University Wind Ensemble. Meier’s Fire Music was selected for the Minnesota Orchestra’s 2015 Composers Institute, and performed as part of the Future Classics program, with Osmo Vänskä conducting. In 2018, Meier collaborated with harpist Jacqueline Kerrod of the harp-based pop duo Addi & Jacq to compose orchestral arrangements of their music for an album project. Meier’s music for harp ensemble was featured at the 2017 Camac Festival in Alexandria, Virginia.
Opera has been a major focus of Meier’s compositional output. His one-act chamber opera, The Last Act of Revolution, was presented by New York City Opera’s VOX Festival in the fall of 2012; it was premiered earlier that year by the University of Maryland Opera Studio. The New York Times described the opera as having “a very polished feel…the music firmly rooted in the drama.” Since 2013, Meier has been a Resident Artist with the American Lyric Theater, as part of the Composer/Librettist Development Program. In the spring of 2014, ALT presented his one-act chamber opera, The Resurrection Engine, which was written in collaboration with librettist and playwright E.M. Lewis. The writing team is presently at work on their first full-length opera collaboration, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Fallen Giant. This highly original mash-up including one of the world’s most beloved detectives, the world of fairy tales, and the story of “Jack and the Beanstalk” was presented by ALT for its first piano/vocal reading in 2017.
Meier holds composition degrees from Chapman University (BM), California State University Northridge (MM), and the University of Maryland (DMA). He currently serves as Music Theory Chair at the Levine School of Music in Washington, D.C