Joel Feigin is a composer of operas, orchestra and chamber music, and concerti. His recent projects include a version of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night commissioned by Long Leaf Opera with performances in Chicago and Southern California, a cello sonata titled On The Death Of Our Young written in memory of the victims of school shootings across the US, a recording of his string quartet, Mosaic, with the Ciompi Quartet, and performances of excerpts from his new opera-in-progress, Oedipus at Colonus, at the National Opera Center in New York.
Originally from New York, Dr. Feigin studied with Nadia Boulanger at Fontainebleau and with Roger Sessions at the Juilliard School. After years teaching at the Manhattan School of Music and a career as a vocal accompanist in New York he accepted a position as Professor of Composition at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Having retired from university teaching, and after thirty years of Zen Buddhist practice, Joel has recently been ordained as a Zen priest. In addition to composing, Joel now leads the Ocean Mist Zen Sangha in Isla Vista, California and enjoys spending time with his wife, the Schoenberg scholar Severine Neff, and their dog Hildy.