Joseph Landers studied with Frederic Goossen at the University of
Alabama, Lothar Klein at the University of Toronto, and Alexander Goehr at
He has been awarded
fellowships by the Fulbright Foundation, the Tanglewood Music Center, the
American Music Center, and the MacDowell Colony, where he was selected as
the Margaret Lee Crofts Fellow in Composition for 1995-96.
His orchestral work
Karangan was selected as a finalist for the 1999 Alexander Zemlinsky
International Prize for Composition. In 2000 he was awarded the Thor Johnson
Memorial Commission for his Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano, and in 2008 he
was awarded an individual artist fellowship by the Alabama State Council on
serves as head of theory, composition and history at the University of
Montevallo Department of Music. He was given the College of Fine Arts
"Distinguished Teacher" Award for 2008-09, and was named "University
Scholar" for 2010-11. In 2010, Landers was invited by the University of
Cambridge to serve as visiting scholar in composition. While on sabbatical
from the University of Montevallo, Landers spent the Spring semester at
Cambridge teaching seminars and giving individual lessons in composition, as
well as making a presentation on the music of Igor Stravinsky for the
Faculty of Music Colloquium Series.
The compositions of
Joseph Landers have been featured on concerts series and festivals across
the U. S. and abroad including the Echizen International Music Festival
(Japan), the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, the AD*Evantgard
Festival in Munich, the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival (U.K.), and
at other recent festivals in France, Poland and Equador. In 1997 his
orchestral work Nine forty-eight was selected as a finalist for the
prestigious Gaudeamus Prize of Holland.
His works for orchestra
have been performed by the Alabama Symphony, the Florida Orchestra, the
Netherlands Radio Orchestra, the Omaha Symphony, the Tuscaloosa Symphony,
and various other orchestras under conductors including Justin Brown,
Christopher Confessore, Jahja Ling, Ransom Wilson, Bruce Hangen, Adrian Gnam,
and Jac Van Steen. Landers has also appeared as guest conductor in the
performance of several of his orchestra works, including Istanpita with the
Lincoln Symphony, Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra with the Newburgh Symphony
and Richard Killmer as soloist, and Concerto for Four Horns and Orchestra
with the Alabama Symphony and the TransAtlantic Horn Quartet as soloists.
His music is regularly performed by internationally acclaimed musicians
including the Miami String Quartet, the Cypress String Quartet, Lucy
Shelton, Mariko Anraku, Eleonore Pameijer and Marcel Worms.