Joseph N. Rubinstein (b. 1986) 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 performed by groups and individuals including North / South Consonance, the Society for New Music, Boston Metro Opera, C4, organist Ben Sheen, the Norfolk Contemporary Music Ensemble, tenor Gregory Wiest, the Young New Yorker’s Chorus, DETOUR New Music, 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.
Rubinstein’s recent awards and recognition include 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, a commission from the 2011 Young New Yorkers’ Chorus Composer Competition, Second Place in the 2009 SACRA / PROFANA Composer Competition, Region II finalist status in the 2008 SCI / ASCAP Student Commission Competition, and a 2008 Ellen Battel Stoeckel Scholarship to the Yale Summer School of Music at Norfolk. 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. Joseph is also active as a tenor in the New York City area, and is a member of C4 – the Choral Composer / Conductor Collective.