Member Profile: Sky Macklay
The music of composer and oboist Sky Macklay (b. 1988) explores bold contrasts, theatrical elements, audible processes, and the visceral physicality of sound production and perception. Her works have been performed by ensembles such as ICE, Yarn/Wire, Spekral Quartet, Mivos Quartet, Dal Niente, The Da Capo Chamber Players, Firebird Ensemble, Hexnut, and PRIZM. Her piece Dissolving Bands, an abstract orchestral reflection on the American Revolutionary War, was commissioned and premiered by the Lexington (MA) Symphony. Dissolving Bands was the winner of the 2013 Leo Kaplan award, the top prize in the ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. In 2015 The International Alliance for Women in Music commissioned her sonic and kinetic installation of inflatable harmonica-playing robots Harmonibots. She has also received commissions from The New York Virtuoso Singers and The Walden School Faculty Commissioning Project. As an active new music oboist and improviser, Sky plays with Ghost Ensemble and performs her own and other composers' ambitious oboe repertoire. Sky is currently pursuing her DMA at Columbia University. She is also a 2015-17 Composers and the Voice Fellow with American Opera Projects. An enthusiastic proponent of creative music education, Sky teaches at The Walden School Young Musicians Program in Dublin, New Hampshire, the country's largest summer school and festival for pre-college composers.