Angelique Poteat

Composer & Clarinetist

Angelique PoteatAngelique Poteat is a native of the Pacific Northwest. Described as “engaging, restless” (New York Times), her music has been recorded and performed in Australia, Germany, Lithuania, and all over the United States by ensembles including the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Saratoga Orchestra, Philharmonia Northwest, Enso Quartet, New York New Music Ensemble, Claviola Ensemble, Simple Measures, and Trio Tara. Some notable performances include Beyond Much Difference (2014), a piece commissioned by the Seattle Symphony and performed by them at their January 2015 Sonic Evolution concert with Mike McCready, Chris Cornell, and members of the bands, Pearl Jam, Sound Garden, and more; Much Difference (2014) at (le) Poisson Rouge in New York; Roots of Variegation (2012) at the 2012 International Women’s Brass Conference; Reflections on a Summer (2008) at the 2012 Druskomanija festival in Lithuania; and A Perspective (2009) at the 2010 International VSA Festival. Poteat was a participant of the 2011 FUBiS International Summer Institute in Berlin under the direction of Prof. Samuel Adler and is also the recipient of the 2015 American Prize in Composition. She is a 2015 City Artist from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture.

Poteat’s piece, A Perspective has been released commercially by flutist Catherine Branch, violinist Katelyn Westergard, and pianist Albert Kim as part of the Music of Difference project. Allen Gimbel from the March 2012 American Record Guide writes about the work, “The three movements are serious and nicely crafted, with an atmosphere appropriate to the work’s program. It has some convincing expressive power.” Poteat’s music is heavily influenced by her surroundings, most often drawing from personal interactions as well as nature and the Puget Sound area. As an avid cyclist, she does much of her “field work” en route, taking in the sounds, sights, adrenaline, and atmospheres for inspiration.

In addition to composing, Poteat is the principal clarinetist with the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, and has also appeared as a soloist with them on several occasions. She periodically performs with many other groups in the Seattle area, including the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Saratoga Orchestra, and the Seattle Modern Orchestra. She earned the degrees Master of Music from the College-Conservatory of Music and Bachelor of Music from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, having studied composition with Samuel Adler, Joel Hoffman, Mara Helmuth, Anthony Brandt, Pierre Jalbert, Shih-Hui Chen, and Arthur Gottschalk. She was also a participant in the Seattle Symphony Young Composer’s Workshop from 2002-04 under the direction of Dr. Samuel Jones.