About Aaron Severini
A recipient of a New Music USA Project Grant and The Juilliard Career Advancement Fellowship, Aaron Severini (CBA ’20) trained at the School of American Ballet and danced professionally for the New York City Ballet prior to receiving his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in composition from The Juilliard School. Co-founder of The Opera-Composer Collaborative Project, this program has culminated in performances at Juilliard and at creative Brooklyn incubator National Sawdust. Severini has also established a music lecture series at the School of American Ballet, building on his experience as an SAB alumnus with a vision for how ballet students can benefit from an increased familiarity with musical process. As a composer, he has garnered multiple awards and honors, including The ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award and In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores – Honorable Mention. Recent and ongoing collaborations include an original score for the theatrical production Echo & Narcissus at BAM, musical arrangements for An Evening Honoring Jessye Norman at National Sawdust and new works for a production at Rambert in London in partnership with choreographer Marcus Willis.
Music Education for Ballet Training and Professionals
Music Education for Ballet Training and Professionals, Severini’s CBA Fellowship project, will culminate in a new music educational resource specifically tailored to the needs of ballet teachers, students, professional dancers, and choreographers. Through a reimagined music curriculum and textbook, the project enables artists in the world of ballet to gain a more thorough understanding of music as it applies to their art form while fostering greater communication with musicians and composers. Having a powerful musical knowledge base helps lay a stronger foundation for successful, sustainable, and innovative collaborations in the making of ballet today.