PITTSBURGH: Michael Boyd, Assistant Professor of Music at Chatham University, has been selected as the 2016 winner of the FETA (Foundation for Emerging Technologies and Arts) Prize in Sound Art for his work Confessional.
The FETA Prize in Sound Art was established in 2013 to promote a broad range of contemporary American sound and installation arts. This year, 28 blind submissions were sent from artists residing in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile and the United States. As recipient of the Prize in Sound Art, Professor Boyd will receive a $1,000 monetary award.
Professor Boyd is a composer, scholar, and experimental improviser. He holds graduate degrees from the University of Maryland (DMA, composition) and SUNY Stony Brook (MA, music theory). Boyd’s music embraces experimental practices such as installation, multimedia, and performance art, and has been performed in a variety of venues throughout the United States and abroad. Boyd has published articles in Perspectives of New Music, Tempo, and Notes, as well as review essays in Computer Music Journal, Popular Music & Society, and American Music. An active cyclist, he often bikes to work, periodically competes in mountain bike races, and advocates for bicycle and pedestrian improvements at work and in his community.
More information about Confessional and Michael Boyd can be found at his website.