Sky Macklay

Sky Macklay

Fellow: Awarded 2021
Field of Study: Music Composition

Competition: US & Canada

Sky Macklay is a composer, oboist, and installation artist based in Chicago. Her music is conceptual yet expressive, exploring extreme contrasts, surreal tonality, audible processes, humor, and the physicality of sound. She has been commissioned by Chamber Music America (with Splinter Reeds), the Fromm Foundation at Harvard University (with Ensemble Dal Niente), the Barlow Endowment (with andPlay), and The Jerome Fund for New Music (with ICE saxophonist Ryan Muncy). Sky’s work has also been recognized with awards and fellowships from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, ASCAP, The International Alliance for Women in Music, and Civitella Ranieri. Recent projects include an opera set in a uterus and three interactive installations of harmonica-playing inflatable sculptures. Sky completed her D.M.A. at Columbia University and her music is published by C. F. Peters. She is an oboist in Ghost Ensemble and her Guggenheim project is an album that will synthesize her work as a composer and performer.

Photo Credit: Marco Giugliarelli

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