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Dr. Nkeiru Okoye

Director of Music Theory and Composition At SUNY New Paltz

State University of New York at New Paltz

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State University of New York at New Paltz

1 Hawk Dr.

New Paltz, New York 12561

United States

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Background Information

Employment History


self employed

Cambridge Symphony Orchestra

Music Faculty

Hofstra University


Board Member
Composers Now

Bunting Fellow
Radcliffe College



Manhattan School

Bachelor's Degree


Oberlin Conservatory of Music

Doctoral Degree

composition and theory

Rutgers University


composition and theory

Rutgers University


Rutgers University

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The recipients are Julia Adolphe for a project to be announced at a later date, Mary Ellen Childs for On Beyond, Emily Doolittle for Jan Tait and the Bear, Nkeiru Okoye for We’ve Got Our Eye On You, Rene Orth for Machine, Elena Ruehr for Crafting the Bonds and Laura Elise Schwendinger for Artemisia.

Nkeiru Okoye, composer: We’ve Got Our Eye On You | Libretto by David Cote
Hailed as "sublime" by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, compositions by Nkeiru Okoye have been performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Virginia Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Grand Rapids Symphony, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Fort Collins Symphony Orchestra and countless regional orchestras.
Okoye is a board member of Composers Now. She holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Rutgers University. She is the director of music theory and composition at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

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Nkeiru Okoye

NKEIRU OKOYE Composer, conductor, and performer Nkeiru Okoye has had works programmed by the Virginia, Detroit, New Jersey and Richmond Symphonies. American born of Nigerian and African American heritage, her music draws from an array of idioms ranging from the European Classical tradition to popular music and the cultures of West African and African Americans. Okoye is a frequent guest lecturer on the music of African American composers. She has received many awards and honors for her music, including an ASCAP Foundation Young Composer Award. She received her Bachelor's in Music Composition from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and M.A. and Ph.D. in Music Theory and Composition from Rutgers University. Okoye is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Morgan State University in Baltimore.

Gateways Music Festival :: 2007 Gateways Music Festival [cached]

Rosa Parks | Coretta Scott King | Constance Baker Motley | Shirley Chisholm | Estella Susie Mitchell Adams | Amadi Hummings | Paul Badura-Skoda | Jordan W. Thomas | Mari-Yan Pringle | Nkeiru Okoye | George Walker

Nkeiru Okoye composer
Nkeiru Okoye, an exciting African-American voice in the symphonic field in both classical music and educational repertoire, has performed with orchestras in the United States, Europe and Asia. Born and raised in New York City, she is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory. She received the Master's and Doctoral Degrees in composition and theory from Rutgers University.
Okoye specializes in writing works for multicultural audiences. Her work is noted for its accessible style and combination of contemporary, classical, African-American, and popular music, as well as West African influences. In her score, The Genesis, she uses the orchestra to imitate a talking drum ensemble.

Gateways Music Festival :: 2009 Gateways Music Festival [cached]

Amadi Azikiwe | Nkeiru Okoye | Awadagin Pratt | Dr. Alfred Duckett | Herb Smith

Nkeiru Okoye
Nkeiru Okoye (pronounced: in KIR roo oh KOY yeh) is a composer whose works have been performed on four continents, in concert halls, educational forums and recording studios. Her artistic creativity encompasses the symphonic field of contemporary classical music and the family/education arena. Her music is noted for its appeal to diverse audiences, cultural and stylistic blending and infusion of popular music genres. The Moscow Symphony and Prague Radio Orchestras have recorded her music and the Oxford University Press has published it.

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