Newbridge composer looking for sponsors for US Fulbright trip

Conal Ryan from Newbridge
a Newbridge composer has been selected for the prestigous Fulbright Award in California starting next September.

a Newbridge composer has been selected for the prestigous Fulbright Award in California starting next September.

Conal Ryan from Grange Estate, who is currently undertaking his doctoral studies in Composition at UCC, is seeking €10,000 in sponsorship for expenses associated with the Award.

“My main interest and research focus is in Experimental Music of the American Tradition,” said Conal.

“In September I will be travelling to California to study with Michael Pisaro, who is a leading international figure in experimental music. He teaches at California Institute of the Arts, which is a renowned institution specialising in a wide variety of artistic platforms, including music, fine art, video, animation, and dance.”

According to Conal many highly regarded graduates of CalArts are now employed in the Hollywood Film Industry, including the director Tim Burton.

“I am currently searching for the remainder funding necessary to carry out the project, and so I am pursuing all avenues available,” he added.

“However despite being awarded the Fulbright, it is proving difficult to get more funding due to the lack of resources in Irish universities, Arts Council and elsewhere.

I’m looking to raise €10,000 in total this would be enough to allow me to stop off in New York on my return to Ireland next March to visit composers there for further one-to-one composition lessons. I’m very much looking forward to California and studying at CalArts is a very exciting prospect for me.”

The Fulbright Program is decribed as one of the most prestigious awards programs worldwide, operating in over 155 countries.

It is a program of highly competitive, merit-based grants for international educational exchange for students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists and artists,

Forty-three Fulbright alumni have won Nobel Prizes and seventy-eight have won Pulitzer Prizes.

The program was established to increase links with the United States.