Joseph N. Rubinstein grew up in Newport News, VA and currently resides in New York City. Joseph’s music is often concerned with dramatic narrative, and he is interested in creating vivid musical characterizations and striking juxtapositions. His music has been presented by organizations and individuals including Fort Worth Opera Festival, The Manhattan School of Music Opera Theater, Triad: The Boston Choral Collective, American Opera Projects, The Holy Cross Chamber Singers, The Secret Opera, bass-baritone Matthew Burns at the Spoleto Festival USA, North / South Consonance, the Society for New Music, Boston Metro Opera, C4, organist Ben Sheen, the Young New Yorker’s Chorus, and the International Vocal Arts Workshop in Croatia. He received his BA in Music from Columbia University in 2008, where his primary teachers in composition were Joseph Dubiel and Sebastian Currier. He pursued additional studies in voice with Jane McMahan and Robert Osborne. From 2011 to 2013 Joseph was a masters degree student in composition at The Juilliard School, studying with Robert Beaser. Summer studies include the Bowdoin International Music Festival and the Yale School of Music’s New Music Workshop at Norfolk.
Some of Joseph’s recent awards and recognition include a 2016 residency in New Dramatists’ Composer-Librettist Studio, the selection of opera-in-development “Legendary” for a March 2015 performance as part of Opera Index’s “New American Opera Previews” at the Manhattan School of Music, a 2014 commission from flautist Kathleen Winters and the Urbana Public Arts Commission, a 2013-2014 fellowship with American Opera Projects’ “Composers & the Voice” program (with librettist Jason Kim), a 2012 Brian Israel Prize from the Society for New Music, and a commission from the 2011 Young New Yorkers’ Chorus Composer Competition. Recent and upcoming performances include scenes from “Legendary” on Fort Worth Opera Festival’s 2016 “Frontiers” program, the premiere of “…a clear view…” for tenor and baroque ensemble with New Vintage Baroque, and the premiere of “Dust World” for baritone and string quartet as part of the multi-composer opera “American Gothic.” Joseph is an active advocate for contemporary music, and as a performer, administrator, and concert planner he has been involved in many premieres of new works by a variety of living composers, both emerging and established. He is also active as a tenor in the New York City area.