"...pointedly emotional and richly contrapuntal..."
"...it was in the intricacies of the Ramsey work that the choir was at its best."
- Allan Kozinn, Portland Press Herald (Dec. 2014)
On The Night You Were Born
COMPOSER BIOGRAPHY (long form)
Travis M. Ramsey holds degrees from the University of Southern Maine and Boston University. His music has been commissioned by bands, choruses, and orchestras throughout New England including the Wellesley (MA) Symphony Orchestra, ChoralART (Portland, ME), and the Bel Canto Chamber Singers (Lebanon, NH). Recent large works for voices include settings of Nancy Tillman’s beloved children’s books On The Night You Were Born and Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You, three settings of the Magnificat text (Magnificat in A, Magnificat/Nunc Dimittis a6, and Brass Magnificat), and the song cycle for chorus Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird. Instrumental works for orchestra include the tone poem Loomings based on Moby Dick (which also exists in a symphonic band version), And the place was water [Concerto for Trombone], Short & Suite, and The Lost Art of Steam Heating. Works for symphonic band TVO: Triumphant Voltage Overload and numerous smaller commissions for school bands. His chamber music catalog includes The Importance of Being Little [String Quartet No. 1], and the string quartet suite Marion’s Morning, a documentary about one-room schoolhouses in small-town Vermont.
Travis is also the composer of award-winning Christmas carols. His Little Lamb, Who Made Thee won the American Composers Forum VocalEssence Welcome Christmas Carol competition in 2019; When the Stars of Morning Sang was the winner of ChoralART’s New England Carol Competition in 2018 and his Hush: a manger song was a finalist in the Hendrix College Candlelight Carol Competition in 2016. His music has been critically acclaimed as “pointedly emotional” and “richly contrapuntal.” Travis is an ASCAP member and six-time recipient of the ASCAPlus Award. He is also a composer-mentor for Music-COMP and an adjudicator for the Vermont All-State Composition Scholarship. Travis lives with his wife, children, cat, and chickens in New Hampshire.
COMPOSER BIOGRAPHY (short form)
Travis M. Ramsey’s composes for orchestras, bands, choruses, and chamber ensembles. His works include a string quartet, three Magnificat settings, a trombone concerto, and a large-scale tone poem based on Moby Dick. He is the composer of award-winning Christmas Carols: in 2019 he was the winner of the Amercian Composers Forums’ Welcome Christmas Carol Contest; he won ChoralART’s New England Carol Competition in 2018. He composes, teaches music, and raises children and chickens with his wife in New Hampshire.