Troy Herion is a composer and filmmaker whose work unites contemporary music with visual arts through chamber and orchestral music, opera, theater, and film. Central to his work is visual-music — the idea that musical qualities are found in visual as well as aural experience.
Compositions have been performed by American Composers Orchestra, So Percussion, JACK Quartet, Nash Ensemble of London, Brentano Quartet, and Crash Ensemble.
His music and film work spans the major concert halls to movie theaters nation-wide and television. He recently scored the critically acclaimed feature film The Dog, a true telling of Al Pacino’s character from Dog Day Afternoon. New York: A City Symphony for film and orchestra premiered in Carnegie Hall. Baroque Suite, an experimental visual-music film was called “marvelous” by New Yorker critic Alex Ross and has been featured on MTV and screened at the Brooklyn Film Festival. As a film director, he has produced films for artists and institutions including The New York Times and The Whitney Museum.
As composer and sound designer for theater, he has worked with Pig Iron Theatre, The Wilma Theater, The Arden Theatre, Azuka Theater, Swarthmore College, and Columbia University. He was nominated for three Barrymore Awards, including the prestigious F. Otto Haas Emerging Artist Award, and his sound design was featured in the 2011 Prague Quadrennial.
As improviser and music director, Troy has collaborated with leading musicians and dancers including Pauline Oliveros and members of Headlong Dance Theater. He was a featured improviser in the Blindspot Festival in Philadelphia, The New Museum’s Flash:Light Festival in NYC, and dozens of performances within the Philadelphia collaborative improvisation community.
As a scholar he has lectured at universities around the country including Princeton University, Columbia University, USC, and Parsons The New School of Design, among others.
Troy is currently completing a joint-PhD at Princeton University in Music Composition and Interdisciplinary Humanities (IHUM).