Brien Henderson



Composer Brien Henderson

Brien Henderson is a composer in Buffalo, NY. A saxophonist since the age of ten, he spent his youth in concert bands and jazz bands. He gave up music entirely for a number of years after high school, instead pursuing a literary path, but returned to music performance and formal education at community college, ultimately leading to earning advanced degrees in music.

He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at San Francisco State University (2010 and 2013 respectively), where he studied composition with Richard Festinger, Christopher Wendell Jones, and Benjamin Sabey. In 2008, he attended the European American Musical Alliance where he studied composition with Robert Beaser. He earned a PhD in music composition at the University at Buffalo in 2019, studying principally with David Felder.

His music has been performed by Court-Circuit, Ensemble Dal Niente, the Hausmann String Quartet, Ensemble Linea, Ensemble Signal, and Sotto Voce Vocal Collective.


Missa Trencadís (2019)

SATB choir and ensemble (oboe, clarinet/bass clarinet, percussion, violin, viola, 'cello, double bass)

Noli esse vana (2018)

SAATB choir

Confession (2017)

double bass

Studies in Polyphony (2016)

flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, 'cello

Obscured In The Light of Time (2015)

flute, clarinet, trombone, piano, violin, viola, 'cello, percussion

Fragments of Lost Words (2013)

flute, oboe, bassoon, violin, viola, 'cello

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