Artist in Residence Program

About the Program

The Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra's Artist in Residence program is an opportunity to invite performers, artists, educators, composers and all manner of creative people for a time and space away from their usual environment. It is meant to provide a time of reflection, research, presentation and/or production. It allows the individual to explore his/her practice within the community of a local symphony orchestra; meeting new people, using new materials, experiencing and growing through the classical music genre. A small stipend is provided. Individuals interested in a residency should submit their resume and a paragraph stating their interest to

Previous Artists

Randy Armstrong

Artist in Residence for 2017-18 Season

Randy Armstrong has been hailed by the Boston Globe as "a sure-fingered, guitar virtuoso" and Downbeat Magazine has called his music "a marvelous kaleidoscope of shifting melodies, rhythms and instrumental colors." He is the Director of the Phillips Exeter Academy West African Drumming Ensemble and North Indian Music Program and taught courses for PSU Integrated Arts Graduate Studies.

Randy is the co-founder of Do'a World Music Ensemble and Unu Mondo and has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Alaska, Belize, India, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy and South Africa and West Africa. He has appeared on over 45 albums, theater and film scores and has been the recipient of numerous grants from the National Endowment on the Arts and the New England Foundation for the Arts. As a composer and recording artist, he has released a solo CD: No Regrets: and a double CD soundtrack for the 4 part PBS primetime series, Dinner on the Diner filmed in Spain, South Africa, Scotland and Southeast Asia.

He has served as an Arts Councilor for the NH State Council on the Arts appointed by two NH Governors and is on the NHSCA Arts In Education and Arts in Health juried rosters. Randy has presented educational programs for tens of thousands of students throughout his career.

Randy is celebrating the release of the CD entitled: BEYOND BORDERS. 5 years in the making featuring 35 musicians from around world, it is a Global Voyage in Music. Beyond Borders was nominated for the 2015 ZMR Music Awards - Best World Album. His original score and soundtrack CD for the theater and dance production, THE CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS was released at the premiere performance in San Jose, CA in September 2016 featuring 11 international dance traditions with over 50 actors ages 4 to 84.

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