ABOUT QUINN MASON
“Mason has a mature voice for such a young composer.”
“Sisterhood featured a world premiere from Quinn Mason, a brilliant composer just barely in his 20s who seems to make waves wherever he goes.”
“Quinn Mason’s enthralling score added to the uplifting, easygoing mood of the work — pairing perfectly with Cooper’s charming, balanced choreography.”
– Theater Jones
"What’s impressive about Inner City Rhapsody is Mason’s command of complex orchestral textures…[he] is a most impressive talent, and I look forward to hearing more from him."
-Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News
Quinn Mason (b. 1996) is a composer and conductor based in Dallas, Texas. Quinn has been described as “a brilliant composer just barely in his 20s who seems to make waves wherever he goes.” (Theater Jones) and "One of the most sought after young composers in the country" (Texas Monthly).
His orchestral music has received performances in concert by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Utah Symphony Orchestra, Toledo Symphony Orchestra, West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, South Bend Symphony Orchestra, New England Conservatory Philharmonia, Symphoria, Orchestra Seattle, New Texas Symphony Orchestra, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and the Mission Chamber Orchestra.
His compositions for winds has been performed by the Cobb Wind Symphony, Metropolitan Winds, and bands of Southern Methodist University, University of North Texas, Texas Christian University, Penn State, Purdue University, Seattle Pacific University and concert bands throughout the United States and Canada.
His chamber music has been performed by the American Composers Forum,Voices of Change, loadbang, MAKE trio, Atlantic Brass Quintet, UT Arlington Saxophone Quartet, and the Cézanne, Julius and Baumer string quartets and his solo music has been championed by distinguished soloists such as David Cooper (principal horn, Chicago Symphony), Holly Mulcahy (concertmaster, Wichita Symphony) and Michael Hall (viola soloist).
A multiple prize winner in composition, he has received numerous awards and honors from such organizations as the American Composers Forum, Voices of Change, Texas A&M University, The Diversity Initiative, the Dallas Foundation, Dartmouth College Wind Ensemble, the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York, the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, the Heartland Symphony Orchestra and the Arizona State University Symphony Orchestra. In 2020, Quinn was honored by the Dallas Morning News as a finalist for 'Texan of the Year'.
Quinn’s mission is to compose music for various mediums “Based in traditional western art music and reflecting the times in which we currently live”. Quinn has studied with Dr. Lane Harder at the SMU Meadows School of the Arts, Dr. Winston Stone at University of Texas at Dallas and has also worked with renowned composers David Maslanka, Jake Heggie, Libby Larsen, David Dzubay and Robert X. Rodriguez.
As a conductor, Quinn has led Orchestra Seattle, the Brevard Sinfonia, and the Texas Christian University Symphony Orchestra. He has conducted world premieres of his own works as well as several world premieres written by his composer colleagues and standard orchestral repertoire. Currently, Quinn serves as Apprentice Conductor of the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra. Quinn has studied conducting with Miguel Harth-Bedoya (Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra), Dr. Germán Gutiérrez (TCU), Will White (Orchestra Seattle), and Jack Delaney and Paul Phillips (SMU). He also counts Richard Giangiulio (Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra), Edwin Outwater (SFCM) and John Axelrod (City of Kyoto Symphony Orchestra) as mentors.
Upcoming world premieres include his 'Symphony in C Major' with the Heartland Symphony Orchestra, Symphony No. 4 "Strange Time" by the Meadows Wind Ensemble. Upcoming guest conducting appearances include concerts with the MusicaNova Orchestra and the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra.
An avid and passionate writer, Quinn maintains his own classical music blog and contributes guest articles to other blogs. Quinn is a member of ASCAP and the Conductor's Guild.
*bio is up to date as of May 2021