On Saturday, June 1, 2019, YNYC’s Women’s Ensemble will perform ‘A Bell Awakened’ – An exploration of what the power of women can make possible, with repertoire that’s co-curated with the Women’s Ensemble. This concert features world premiere works from our Competition for Young Composers.
We are pleased to introduce our second finalist for YNYC’s 2019 Competition for Young Composers, Lauren Bydalek!
Lauren Bydalek (b. 1995) is a composer, arranger, songwriter, and performer based out of Nebraska. She graduated with honors and high distinction from University of Nebraska – Lincoln, earning her bachelor’s degree in May 2018. During her time there, she studied under Kurt Knecht and Greg Simon, as well as performing in vocal ensembles under the direction of Matthew Oltman, David Von Kampen, and Pete Ecklund.
With experience in classical piano, vocal jazz, church music, a capella, show choir, songwriting, and orchestra, Lauren is a well-rounded musician. This background has resulted in a diverse array of projects and compositions, ranging from choral, solo, and chamber pieces, to a singer-songwriter EP, Life Through Color, as well as an Honors thesis for chamber orchestra, Postcards from the Land of the Rising Sun.
What makes you come alive?
I come alive when I’m being challenged, traveling, or trying something new.
What drew you to the text you set for your piece?
For this piece, I actually wrote most of the text myself. I specifically wanted to write a piece which touched on the subject of shattering the glass ceiling.
What was one significant thing you learned in writing for a women’s ensemble?
I’ve learned that women’s ensembles tend to be highly receptive to more abstract ideas in their pieces.
Who are your biggest musical influences?
Lauridsen, Debussy, Copland, Ed Sheehan, Sara Bareilles, Jacob Collier
A Bell Awakened is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by LMCC.