Bret Bohman is a composer of acoustic and electronic music. With a background in dance music production and jazz guitar improvisation, his concert works meet somewhere in the cross-section of these influences and the modernist and post-modernist traditions of Western concert music. Themes of therapy, liminal spaces and art as a vehicle for healing are all central ideas to his recent work.
The 2018-19 season will feature performances at the Bowling Green State University New Music Festival, the University of Tennessee at Martin, the University of Missouri and more. The season will also feature the premiere of two new works; one for flute and electronics commissioned by Natalie Magana and another for Khemia Ensemble featuring Amy Petrongelli.
Mr. Bohman's compositions have been heard throughout the United States at various venues and festivals including National Sawdust, New Music Festival at Bowling Green State University, Strange Beautiful Music X in Detroit, New Music Gathering 3, Aspen Music Festival, New York City Electronic Music Festival at Abrons Playhouse, 73rd Wellesley Composers Conference, Trinosophes, Toronto International Electronic Symposium, SCI National Conference, SEAMUS National Conference, Electronic Music Midwest, Atlantic Music Festival, Society for New Music, 3rd Annual TUTTI Festival and more. His music has received awards and recognition from the Society of New Music (Brian Israel Award), the RED NOTE New Music Festival Composition Competition. the Robert Avalon Composition Prize, ASCAP and the Michigan Music Teachers Association.
In 2015 he co-founded the Khemia Ensemble, a chamber music group dedicated to commissioning and presenting diverse selections of contemporary voices in innovative ways. The ensemble will perform at Strange Beautiful Music X in Detroit in September while recent performances were at New Music Gathering at Bowling Green State University and the Latin IS America Festival at Michigan State University. The ensemble has held residencies at the University of Michigan, the National University of Bogota, Colombia and the National University of Cordoba, Argentina. In the summer of 2017 they were in residence at Avaloch Farms for the second year in a row.
Mr. Bohman teaches in the composition department at the University of Missouri in Columbia.He also recently held lecture positions at the University of Michigan in the Comparative Literature Department and taught Electronic Music Seminar as a Graduate Student Instructor. He received his Doctorate from the University of Michigan in 2014. His primary teachers and mentors have been Michael Daugherty, Evan Chambers, Bright Sheng, Paul Schoenfeld, and Brian Bevelander.