Denisch's music has been performed in Moscow, Russia, and Bangkok, Thailand, at Jordan Hall in Boston, MA and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in NYC, across the US, and in Canada, Mexico, Greece, Ukrains, and China. With ongoing radio play up and down the East Coast her CDs are available through CD Baby, on-line via mp3, and internationally on the Albany, Juxtab, and Interval record labels. She has been reviewed numerous times including in the New York Times: "...fierce rhythmic patterns," Bernanrd Holland; the Boston Globe: "brimmed with personality and drive.." Anthony Tommasini; and the New Music Connoisseur: "...absolutely first-rate stuff...purposeful drive ... wonderfully evocative .. simply splendid," David Cleary.
Originally from Baltimore, MD, Beth Denisch earned her Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in Composition from Boston University and Bachelor of Music degree from North Texas State University. Denisch’s orchestral pieces include Fire Mountain Intermezzo (2006), which was premiered in Moscow, Russia by Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, Misha Rachlevsky, Music Director. FMI was selected as a finalist in the orchestra’s International Blitz-Competition for Composers Homage to Mozart. The orchestra has performed it multiple times, including at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall. Another piece, Golden Fanfare, Julius Williams, conductor, was recorded with the Dvorak Symphony Orchestra in Prague (Albany Records, The New American Romanticism). Chamber commissions include Women: the Power and the Journey for the Equinox Chamber Players with multiple performances in St. Louis and Boston. The CD Jordan and the Dog Woman (Juxtab Records) includes this and other chamber works by Denisch. Denisch frequently draws inspiration from nature and art works in other mediums. Her instrumental suite Jordan and the Dog Woman is based on the Jeanette Winterson novel Sexing the Cherry; and the Forth Project, for solo piano, was inspired by the paintings of Mark Forth. The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Philadelphia Classical Symphony awarded Denisch for The Singing Tree, inspired by Maxfield Parrish’s painting Princess Parizade Bringing Home the Singing Tree as part of PAFA’s Parrish retrospective and was followed by a commission from PCS for Goblins Night Out! for orchestra and narrator. Additional awards and grants include ASCAP, Meet The Composer, American Composers Forum, Composers Guild,and the American Music Center. Other commissions include the Handel & Haydn Society for Sorrow & Tenderness for period orchestra and chorus, the PianOVo Trio (Weimar, Germany) for Suite for Israel, the Boston Composers String Quartet for Phantasmagoria, and the Cambridge Madrigal Singers for Constantly Risking Absurdity.
Denisch is Professor at Berklee College of Music and has taught at Boston University, Northeastern University, and the University of Massachusetts. She is a member of the International Alliance of Women in Music; Gender Research in Music Education; National Association for Music Education; ASCAP composer and publisher member; board member of the Women's Philharmonic Advocacy project and the Chameleon Arts Ensemble of Boston; and was the founding director of the American Composers Forum New England.
Denisch moderated the "Women in Music" panel as part of Cris WIlliamson's residency at Berklee College of Music, April 8, 2009. L to R: Rhiannon, Cris Williamson,Didi Stewart, Beth Denisch.
Beth Denisch's song cycle, One Blazing Glance, Glasgow, Scotland, Septmber 6, 2008.
Composer above left, during rehearsal; and with performers (L-R) Sharron Griffiths, harp; Jacqui Penfold, viola; Kathryn Wright, soprano soloist;Wendy Rolfe, flute; Beth Denisch, composer and Heather Corbett, marimba.
Corfu performers and composers
Beth Denisch’s Southern Lament, commissioned and premiered by Apostolos Paraskevas, has been performed internationally by Dr. Paraskevas including at the Corfu Guitar Festival in August 2005. Dr. Denisch was also a judge in the International Composition Competition of the Corfu Guitar Festival. Corfu performers and composers (L to R): Dale Kavanagh, Michael Chapdelaine, Michalis Economou, Beth Denisch, Apostolos Paraskevas, Leonidas Kanaris, Adam Holzman, Tony DeRitis
Beth Denisch and Misha Rachlevsky, Music Director, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin
Also at Carnegie with the composer (L to R): Pericles Kanaris Berklee alumni, composer; Adrian Ross, ASCAP; Debbie Bieri, Berklee, Senior Vice President for Instituional Advancement