Composer - Clarinetist
The dynamic and vivid music of Mexican-American composer and clarinetist Victor Rangel (b.1996) seeks to represent the emotional essence of stories, processes, sentences, and sometimes just words. Rangel’s approach is influenced by the study of formal logic, which assesses arguments by abstracting the content – thus getting rid of any ambiguity and vagueness naturally created by language – in order to fully and solely assess the form.
Commissions for Rangel’s music have come from distinguished groups and individuals such as the Houston Symphony, Houston Grand Opera Co., Lyric Theatre @ Illinois, Apollo Chamber Players, AURA Contemporary Ensemble, Chester Rowell and Justin Doute. Additionally, Rangel’s music has been performed by New Music on the Point, University of Chicago New Music Ensemble, University of Georgia Rote Hund Muzik, Richard Nunemaker (clarinet), Christopher Otto (violin), and Alex Sopp (flute), among others, and has been under the direction of Nathan Gunn, Christopher Rountree, and Casey Robards. Rangel has appeared on Houston Public Media (KUHF) and has collaborated with the Houston Ballet Academy, Houston Grand Opera High School Voice Studio, and the Aurora Picture Show
As a clarinetist, Rangel has performed with orchestras, wind bands, chamber orchestras, pit orchestras, jazz ensembles, and several chamber groups. Rangel has performed clarinet and bass clarinet for the Illinois Modern Ensemble, Houston Sinfonietta, Clear Lake Symphony Orchestra, and the Pasadena Philharmonic Orchestra, University of Illinois Wind Orchestra, University of Houston Wind Ensemble, among others.
Rangel has studied composition with Rob Smith, Stephen Montague, Carlos Carrillo, Stephen Andrew Taylor, Eli Fieldsteel, David Ashley White, and Michael Remson, and clarinet with Iura de Rezende, Chester Rowell, and Bernadetta Nguyen. Rangel holds degrees in music composition from the University of Houston (BM) and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (MM).