Rachel DeVore Fogarty is fast making her mark on twenty-first century composition. A versatile composer, Fogarty has achieved great success and has continually proven to be a composer to watch. In 2010, her work From Nashville to Dalton was selected to be featured at New Voices at CUA in Washington D.C. and was an award winner in Boston Metro Opera’s Contemporary AmericanaFest competition. She was a selected composer for the Fresno New Music Festival where Cincinnati-based chamber ensemble Conundrum performed To See a World in November 2010. As a member of the Nashville Composers Association, Fogarty was featured on Live in Studio C on NPR performing with chamber ensemble selections from her concert work Spoon River, based on the Edgar Lee Master’s anthology. In addition to her larger instrumental works, she is a well-versed choral composer. In 2010, she was honored as a finalist in the Meistersinger Choral Composition Competition, a runner-up in the 2010 Sacra/Profana Choral Composition Competition, participated in the 2010 ACDA Lehigh University Choral Composers Conference featuring Steven Sametz and Chen Yi. While in attendance, her new work My Soul is Awakened was read by the world renowned Princeton Singers.
In 2011, she was the winner of the 2011 Joe Shepley Choral Composition Competition sponsored by the Namaste Women’s Choir in Los Angeles, CA, and a selected composer for the 2011 London Contemporary Church Music Festival. She was a winner in the IV Open All-Russian Composer Competition Choir Laboratory: XXI Century Music for Children and Youth. Two works, I Sang for Joy (SSAA) and Alleluia(SATB) were performed in December in St. Petersburg, Russia.
She was one of three selected composers in the 2009 Score_Underscore! film score event sponsored by the Nashville Composers Association and Christ Cathedral’s Sacred Spaces for the Arts Series. Fogarty composed two original film scores, The Sinking of the Lusitania and A Short Goodbye, that premiered live with film in November 2009. These pieces were met with outstanding positive support and were described as “wonderful,” “an unexpected surprise,” and “compelling.” On a national level, her arrangement of Puer Natus/God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (co-written with Henry Smiley) was featured in 2009 on the Emmy-award winning Christmas at Belmont series on PBS.
The current composer-in-residence for Schola Pacis, Fogarty’s work has been commissioned and featured by Schola Pacis, Millersville University, and the Concert Chorale of Nashville.
She received her Master of Music in composition and Bachelor of Arts in piano from Belmont University where she studied under Grammy Award nominated composer William Pursell and Deen Entsminger. She currently resides in Nashville, TN, with her husband, Musical Theater composer, Kevin Fogarty.