Dr. Rex Cadwallader Bio
Dr. Rex Cadwallader is a noted composer, jazz pianist, and educator. He received an Emmy Award in 1999 for his original score for The Connecticut River: A Journey Through Time, a Connecticut Public Television Special, an Emmy Award nomination in 1998 for his score for Connecticut For All Seasons, another CPTV presentation.
He has received composition and performance awards from Downbeat magazine, compositional study grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a research grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, and has published over sixty compositions for big band, jazz combo and vocal jazz ensemble.
He was invited to participate in the prestigious BMI Jazz Composers Workshop in New York, through which one of his recent compositions for big band, Invocation, was premiered in July of 2001. He has studied jazz composition and arranging with Jim McNeely, Manny Albam, Michael Abene, Claire Fischer, and Ray Wright. His music has been recorded throughout the U.S. and Europe, and his scores for television have been heard nationwide.
An album recorded with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Great Britain, Big Band Christmas, received an Album Of The Year award from the British Music Retailers Association in 1992. Dr. Cadwallader's Symphony - Wind River was premiered by the the American Chamber Orchestra in June of 2004.