Carson Kievman
Executive Artistic Director
Composition/Theater Instructor


SoBe Institute of The Arts
00 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, Fl 33139
305 674-9220

"Carson Kievman is a composer of extremely original music, which is rare"
Olivier Messiaen

"I have been familiar with Mr. Kievman’s work since 1978, when I produced his brilliantly innovative musical work for the theater, WAKE UP, IT’S TIME TO GO TO BED! I feel that Mr. Kievman ranks among the foremost modern composers in his understanding of both the components of musical composition and in the particular demands of a theatrical music work. Mr. Kievman has the somewhat rare ability to translate the dramatic and emotional contexts of his works to his audience in a powerful and profound way musically. This strong combination of Mr. Kievman’s innovative technical abilities as a composer with his powerful emotional and dramatic sense make him an artist very worthy of consideration for the Grawemeyer Award and I am pleased to sponsor the submission.”

Producer, Joseph Papp nominating Carson Kievman for a Grawemeyer Award on December 22, 1986)

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  • SoBe Music Institute (SoBe Institute of theArts) - Founding Executive Artistic Director, Composition/Stage Direction Instructor (2005 - current)


Carson Kievman (composer/stage director/conductor/professor) has worked as a professional in the interdisiplinary arts for decades. He has held many residencies including the Tanglewood Music Festival of Contemporary Music, The New York Shakespeare Festival. the Eugene O'Neill Opera/Music-Theater Conference, Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival and the Darmstadt Summer music Festival. Kievman has received commissions and awards from the Donaueschingen Festival, The National Endowment for the Arts, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the American Music Center, Tanglewood, Alte Stiftung Boswil, BMI, Gaudeamus Music Week, I.S.C.M, Janet A. Hooker Charitable Trust, the Fromm Foundation at Harvard, the Pennsylvania Ballet Theater, the Darmstadt Summer Festival, 4th International Composer's Festival Zurich, the American Opera Theater, the Rockefeller Foundation and New York's Joseph Papp Public Theater. Kievman's music and theater works have been performed worldwide including several international tours of his multimedia production Multinationals & The Heavens, and a critically acclaimed retrospective of his music-theater works at the Nationaltheater Mannheim (Germany). His Symphony No. 2(42) was recorded by the Polish Radio National Symphony Orchestra-Katowice and the Polish Radio Choir of Krakow, released by New Albion Records in 1996 to universal acclaim and solidified Kievman's place among the finest living composers. Other CD projects include The Temporary & Tentative Extended Piano, David Arden pianist, release in 2000 on CRI Records and Symphony No. 3 (hurricane) conducted by Delta David Gier released in 2002 on Mystery Park Arts Records. His work Henry's Eighth Harvest was commissioned for the opening night concert of the 2000 European Expo on Nature & Technology and premiere in Hanover, Germany. Dear John (string orchestra + percussion) was commissioned in 2004 for the Collegeate Chamber Orchestra at the oldest school in American, founded in 1628. His works have been performed and broadcast in concert halls, theaters and on the radio in over 36 countries around the world. In December 2005, Carson Kievman founded SoBe Institute of the Arts (SoBe Arts) and became its first Executive & Artistic Director, guiding the organization from a single studio into a premiere education and performance institute in South Florida.

Born in Los Angeles, California, Carson Kievman holds a PhD from Princeton University and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts. He has taught music theory, composition, music history and general humanities at Princeton University, Montclair State University, Troy University and lectured at The City University of New York, the Ferienkürse fur Neüe Musik in Darmstadt Germany, the Hochschule fur Musik Mannheim Germany, the University of Miami, and many other learning and performing institutions. He counts among his teachers &/or mentors: (composers) Olivier Messiaen, Earle Brown, Joseph Papp, James Tenney, Luigi Nono, Morton Subotnick, (producer) Joseph Papp, (conductor) Mario di Bonaventura, (scholars) Scott Burnham, Rob Wegman, Kofi Agawu and (Legendary theatrical attorney) L. Arnold Weissburger.

"Powerful", New York Times
"It provides one of the most powerful musical experiences I have had in recent times", Spoleto Today - Post and Courier
"Run to the National Theater if you miss this you have only yourself to blame... it is furious and phenomenal!", Mannheimer Morgen
"Kievman is a Wizard", The Village Voice
"Great Art", The Boston Globe


  • Troy University - University College - Music in Individual Development - DL Professor Spring 2004 - present
  • University of Maryland, University College - The Impact of Music on Life - DL Professor Beginning Summer 2007
  • Montclair State University - Music Theory III, Aural Skills III, Aural Skills IV and Music Theory IV (Form and Analysis) - Visiting Professor Fall 2003 thru Fall 2004
  • Princeton University, Woolworth Center of Musical Studies - Research Associate Fall 2002 thru Summer 2004
  • Ryder University School of Music - Westminster Choir College - Music Theory, Musicianship - Visiting Professor Spring 2005
  • Kean University - Music History - Adjunct Professor Fall 2003 thru Fall 2004
  • Princeton University, Woolworth Center of Musical Studies - Beginning & Advanced Music-Theory Preceptor (plus ear training and musicianship labs) - Led classes in analysis, compositional techniques and discussion groups as well as musicianship & ear training labs (Music 104, 105) - plus private composition students - 1997-2002. Note: led individual seminar sessions in diverse subjects , such as words & music, semiotic interpretations, string quartets by Stravinsky, the *purple patches* of Mozart, the music of Earle Brown, Luigi Nono, and Olivier Messiaen (his teachers and mentors), orchestra music of Jean Sibelius, and String Quartets of Mozart (Haydn Quartets) & Haydn (op. 33).
  • The New School University - Earle Brown Memorial Lecture - Fall 2002
  • Aaron Copland School of Music, City University of New York - Composition Seminar Lectures.
  • Darmstadt Ferienkürse Für Neue Musik, Darmstadt, Germany, Docent & Lecturer. Lectured about the history of Darmstadt & contemporary piano music. Counseled individual composition students.
  • Gaudeamus Foundation/the Ijsbreker, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Music lectures.
  • Hochschule für Musik. Mannheim, Germany. Music-Theater Extended Workshop Led two weeklong workshops in composing and directing for music-theater, directing and contemporary performance techniques.
  • Kean University, Union, New Jersey. Lectured in Humanities
  • University of Miami, Seminar Lecture. Miami, Florida. Lectured about his own music and career as well as being Composer-in-Residence for a symphony orchestra.
  • Florida International University, Composition Seminar. Lecture. Miami, Florida. Lectured about his own music and career as well as being Composer-in-Residence for a symphony orchestra.
  • Miami-Dade College, Miami, Florida. Special Guest - Lectured in Humanities as Composer-in-Residence with the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra. Composing and conducting for the symphony orchestra and working in the arts.


  • SoBe Music Institute (SoBe Institute of the Arts) - Founder and Executive Artistic Director 2005 - Current
  • Mystery Park Arts Company - a 501 (3) (c) Not-for-Profit Arts and Educational organization - Artistic Director and President 1989 - Current.
  • New Jersey Music Educator's Conference, Guest Lecturer - 1996
  • California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, California, taught classes in advanced compositional techniques: serial, atonal and aleatoric, plus harmony and ear training.
  • The New York Shakespeare Festival / The Public Theater, Composer/Director in Residence
  • The Florida Philharmonic Orchestra, Composer-in-Residence; Commissions and performances; Screened contemporary music submissions and advised Music Director James Judd; Organized Philharmonic Forum, Miami New Music Orchestral Workshops; Pre-Concert Lecturer for Orchestra in Miami, Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale and Boca Raton, Florida, including the music of Mahler, Stravinsky, Debussy, Bartók, Mozart, Beethoven, etc.
  • Tanglewood Contemporary Music Festival, Composer/Director -in-Residence
  • Spoleto Festival/Charles Ives Center for American Music, Composer-in-Residence
  • Eugene O'Neill Opera/Music-Theater Conference, Composer-in-Residence
  • State of Florida, Department of Cultural Affairs, Arts Institutions Program Evaluator
  • State of Florida, Department of Cultural Affairs, Individual Grants Jury Member (2)


  • PhD (June 2003), MFA Princeton University - Music Composition/Theory
  • BFA, MFA. California Institute of the Arts - Music/Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Professional Studies. Tanglewood Music Center - Leonard Bernstein Fellow
  • Professional Studies. Darmstadt Ferienkürse für Neüe Musik - Lord Mayor of Darmstadt fellow

- Principal Composition Instructors:

  • Earle Brown - Olivier Messiaen - Morton Subotnick - James Tenney - Luigi Nono (Mentor)

- Principal Theory/Musicology Instructors:

  • Kofi Agawu - Harold Budd - Scott Burnham - Paul Lansky - Stephen L. Mosko - Leonard Stein - Rob Wegman


  • Music Composition, theory, counterpoint, orchestration and analysis
  • 20th-21st century music analysis
  • Opera/Music-Theater composition, stage direction, history and performance
  • Music History - Medieval to 21st century
  • World Music
  • Humanities - cultural history of the Arts
  • Theater Stage Direction


  • Music Composition
  • Music Theory I, II, III & IV
  • Advanced Undergraduate Music Theory - Symphony No. 9, Beethoven
  • Aural Skills I, II, III & IV
  • Humanities - cultural history
  • Music in Individual Development (Gen Ed.)
  • Music History (Survey) (Gen Ed. + Maj.)
  • Orchestration
  • Graduate Seminar Lectures - String Quartet, Stravinsky; Words & Music; Symphony No. 5, Sibelius; The Ascendancy of Timbre; Mozart/Haydn Quartets, Mozart; Quartets op. 33, Haydn; Semiotic interpretations in 18th c Classical Style.


Ligeti and Ockeghem - The Music of Transcendence
Advisors: Dr. Scott Burnham, Professor, Chair of the Dept. of Music, Princeton University, Dr. Rob Wegman, Associate Professor, Department of Music, Princeton University. This dissertation examines the similar musical interests between early and new music composers. Dissertation includes an in-depth analysis of György Ligeti's Requiem (Introitus and Kyrie) and Johannes Ockeghem's Marian Motets (Intemerata Dei mater). Music: Heer Ranja Prototype and Sine Nomine (Auctore Ignoto)


  • Upcoming 2015/16 Multinationals & the Heavens. Basel State Theater.
  • Upcoming 2015/16 Symphony No. 4 (Biodiversity) performed by various orchestras nationwide tour - Subject of climate change sponsored by the National Park Service.
  • Upcoming 2014/15 Intelligent Systems (multimedia opera) SoBe Arts.
  • 2014 Fairy Tales, Songs of the Dandelion Woman (opera) SoBe Arts Little Stage Theater. Mary Adelyn Kauffman, conductor/music director; Jeffrey Buchman, stage director
  • 2013. Nuts & Bolts. Open Friday @ SoBe Arts. Marina Radiushina, Milana Strezeva, pianists.
  • 2012. HAMLET Soundtheater/Opera. Staged Concert, SoBe Arts Little Stage Theater. John Yaffé, conductor/music director; Carson Kievman, stage director.
  • 2011. Sine Nomine (String Sextet) American Masterworks String Festival, Miami Beach, Florida. Kim Kashkashian, Matt Haimovitz, Lara St. John, Anastasia Khitruk.
  • 2011. Geneva on Tuesday. Dai-ichi Seimei Hall, Tokyo, Japan. Taichi Akutsu, violin.
  • 2009. Starving Angels (string quartet and child soloist), Open Friday @ SoBe Music Institute, SoBe Arts String Quartet (Taichi Akutsu, Adam Diderrich, Rebecca Diderrich, Tara Santiago & Sarah Shedroff (age 8))
  • April 17, 2009. STARVING ANGELS (string quartet and child soloist), Open Friday @ SoBe Music Institute, SoBe Arts String Quartet (Taichi Akutsu, Adam Diderrich, Rebecca Diderrich, Tara Santiago & Sarah Shedroff (age 8))
  • November 2008. DEAR JOHN (chamber orchestra), orchestra version world premiere by Dakota Chamber Symphony, Delta David Gier, conductor. South Dakota Symphony, Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
  • June 2008. DEAR JOHN (string ensemble & percussion), chamber version premiere on Open Friday @ SoBe Music Institute performed by SMI Chamber Ensemble, Carson Kievman, conductor.
  • May 25, 2004. TESLA (Scenes: Mark Twain's Prologue & Split Lab Scene (Tesla/Edison), World Premiere Workshop. New York City Opera VOX Festival 2004. Symphony Space, New York. Encompass New Opera Theater. John Yaffe, conductor
  • November 4, 2002. Sirocco. World Premiere. Carnegie Hall, New York, NY. Imani Winds - Carnegie Hall Debut Concert.
  • Thursday, February 28, 2002. Heer Ranja Prototype. World Premiere. Taplin Auditorium, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. Paul Hilliar's Theater of Voices.
  • June 20, 2001. Meditation. South Africa Premiere. Standard Bank National Arts Festival - New Music Indaba, Grahamstown, South Africa. David Arden, piano
  • September 10, 2000. Henry Eight's Harvest. World Premiere. Commissioned by the German government to open the European Expo 2000 on the theme of Nature & Technology - Niedersachsische MusikTages, Hanover, Germany. Henry's Eight Consort, Jonathan Brown, director.
  • November 1, 1999. Sine Nomine (Auctore Ignoto). World Premiere. Princeton University Chapel, Princeton, New Jersey. Commissioned by the Josquin International Conference. The Binchois Consort, Andrew Kirkman, conductor.
  • November 3, 1999. Sine Nomine (Auctore Ignoto). New York Premiere Columbia University's St. Paul's Chapel, New York, NY. The Binchois Consort, Andrew Kirkman, conductor.
  • June 16, 1999. Nuts & Bolts. New England Conservatory of Music Piano Festival. Joseph Kubera, piano.
  • May 14, 1999. Contrabassimi. Taplin Auditorium. Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. Bertram Turetsky, bass soloist.
  • May 4 1999. Starving Angels. World Premiere. Taplin Hall, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. Serioso String Quartet (Julliard) & Dakota Kievman, violin soloist.
  • March 18, 1999. Nuts & Bolts. New York Premiere. Merkin Concert Hall, New York, NY. Joseph Kubera, piano.
  • April 21, 1998. Symphony No. 4 (Biodiversity. World Premiere Reading. New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Richardson Auditorium, Princeton, NJ. Lawrence Leighton-Smith, conductor.


  • The Music of Transcendence - Book in progress 2004
  • Ligeti and Ockeghem - The Music of Transcendence - Dissertation, Princeton University '03
  • Sound Color & Visceral Perception: The Historical Ascendancy of Timbre - Thesis, Princeton University 2000
  • Words & Music (David Mamet - JS Bach) - Thesis, Princeton University 1999
  • Franklin & Jefferson killed Mozart - Article/Guest Lecturer, New Jersey Music Educator's Conference - Kean University 1997


  • Collegiate School (NYC) Orchestra Chamber Symphony Commission - oldest school in the United States (1628)
  • Princeton University Naumberg Fellowship in Music Composition
  • Princeton University Research Fellowships (3)
  • Princeton University Recording/Travel Fellowship
  • Princeton University, Butler College Fellow
  • Tanglewood Music Center/Fromm Foundation at Harvard Opera Commission
  • European Expo 2000 - Germany -Opening Night Concert Commission - Henry's Eight Consort, Niedersachsische MusikTages, Hanover, Germany - *live* broadcast throughout Europe on NDR
  • Binchois Consort - International Josquin Conference Commission
  • Lawrence Remmel, Chamber Ensemble Commission, New York, NY
  • Florida Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra Commissions (3)
  • Donaueschingen Festival, Südwestfunk, Baden-Baden Opera Commission
  • Pennsylvania Ballet Theater Commission
  • New York Shakespeare Festival/Public Theater Opera Commissions (2)
  • Fromm Foundation Commission
  • National Endowment for the Arts. Composer/Librettist Fellowship
  • American Opera Theater Commission
  • Commission (jointly), Fernando Grillo, Perugia, Italy & Bertram Turetsky, San Diego, California
  • Commission, David Arden, San Francisco, California
  • Rockefeller Foundation Major Production Grant
  • Adolph Foundation Major Production Grant
  • American Music Center, Margaret Jory Composer's Assistance Grants (2)
  • Leonard Bernstein Fellowship, Berkshire Music Center/Tanglewood Music Festival
  • Individual Artist Fellowship, Florida Department of State, Div. of Cultural Affairs
  • BMI Composition Awards (2)
  • MacDowell Colony Fellowships (3)
  • The Lord Mayor of Darmstadt, Full Stipend, Ferienkürse Fur Neüe Musik (2)
  • Aspen Music Festival Scholarship
  • Janet A. Hooker Charitable Trust Concert Production Grant
  • Janet A. Hooker Charitable Trust Recording Grant
  • Disney Foundation Scholarships
  • California Institute of the Arts Fellowships & Scholarships
  • Tanglewood - Margaret Grant Memorial Composition Prize
  • International Jury Selection for I.S.C.M. World Music Days, Brussels & Bonn
  • Koussevitzky Foundation, Composer's Residency
  • Jury & Participant's Prizes, 4th International Composer's Festival Zurich
  • Jury Selection, Gaudeamus Music Week. Rotterdam, the Netherlands
  • Irvine Scholarship


  • Associated Music Publishers (G. Schirmer). Published exclusively from 1974 - 1990
    (Youngest composer ever signed to an exclusive contract in company's history)
  • Intelligent Company Publishers. Published exclusively from 1990 - 2004


  • Former member of Actor's Equity Association (AEA), Screen Actor's Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television & Radio Artisrs (AFTRA)
  • Multimedia: Stage Director, Special Effects Designer, Set Designer
  • Electronic/Film Music: MIDI, ProTools, Finale, Sibelius and extensive digital and analog Institute experience (producer, editor & creative) - more
  • Educational Media: Blackboard, Pro Tools, Finale educational tools - more.
  • Web & Media: Macromedia, MIVA & Microsoft Software - more

























































































































































































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