Corey Dundee is an Ann-Arbor based composer and saxophonist whose work has been described as “trippy dream music” (casual university acquaintance) and “falling down a black rabbit hole” (six-year-old concert-goer in Norfolk, CT). A recipient of Chamber Music America's 2016 Classical Commissioning Grant, Corey was recently awarded an Artist Residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center in Nebraska City, and in 2013 he was named Grand Prize winner of the Calefax Reed Quintet International Composition Competition. Corey has been a frequent finalist for the Morton Gould Young Composer Award presented by ASCAP, and he has received commissions from the Michigan Music Teachers Association, the Norfolk Contemporary Ensemble, Taos Chamber Music Group, the UNCSAx ensemble, and saxophonist Shawna Pennock. In 2013, Corey was accepted into the Freie Universität Berlin International Summer and Winter University composition program, where he studied composition with Samuel Adler.
As a performer, Corey has appeared as featured soloist with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, the North Carolina Symphony, the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, the Interlochen Philharmonic, and the UNC School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra. In April of 2012, he performed on stage with singer-songwriter Ben Folds at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC for Arts Advocacy Day 2012. Corey can be heard on NPR’s Telarc-label CD titled “From the Top at the Pops,” performing the third movement of Russell Peck’s The Upward Stream concerto with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. He is also the tenor saxophonist of Kenari Quartet, a six-time national award winning chamber ensemble that was recently featured as Protégé Project Artists at the Chamber Music Northwest festival in Portland, Oregon.
Corey is currently a Regents Fellow and Graduate Student Instructor at the University of Michigan, where he is pursuing a DMA degree in Composition under the instruction of Kristin Kuster. He previously earned an MM Composition degree from the University of Southern California—where he served as a Teaching Assistant for undergraduate music theory and aural skills classes—and BM degrees in Composition and Saxophone Performance from Indiana University. Corey has studied composition with Bright Sheng, Donald Crockett, Ted Hearne, Samuel Adler, Don Freund, and Claude Baker, and his saxophone instructors have included Otis Murphy, Taimur Sullivan, and Timothy McAllister. Outside of composing and performing, Corey is an avid photographer and also enjoys board sports.