County College of Morris professor of music José Beviá has been selected to participate in the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute (JCOI) at the University of California, Los Angeles, this summer, according to a Wednesday press release from the college.
Beviá, who was selected from a national pool of candidates, will compete with as many as 34 other composers to earn a spot as one of the five composers who will be asked to write an original orchestral piece. The winning composers will have their work premiered in 2013.
Beviá has also, for the second year in a row, been awarded a residency at La Cité internationale des Arts in Paris, France this summer. During the seven-week program, Beviá plans to work on a harp chamber orchestra piece and his second symphony.
“I’m a very lucky guy. I’m very grateful to have these opportunities and to also teach at CCM,” said Beviá, according to the press release. “Experiences such as the institute and the residency allow me to develop my craft and then to come back here and share that with my students.”
Beviá is a native of Spain who studied music in Europe, at Berklee College of Music and at Florida State University. He holds a doctorate in music theory and composition and teaches music theory, electronic music and piano and other courses at the County College of Morris, where he is also the director of the college's chamber ensemble.