Shanan Estreicher is a composer, songwriter, and educator living in New York City. He studied music at the Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College, and The Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College.
He has composed chamber music, art songs, as well as music for theater, TV, and film. His compositions have been featured on NBC, Lifetime, and Fox. As a songwriter he released five albums as a solo artist and with the alt-country group The Brown Trousers. His musical Once ‘Round the Circle is currently in development and was recently workshopped in New York City as part of the Emerging Artists Theatre’s New Work Series. Shanan has collaborated extensively with Grammy Award-winning producer Brian Forbes.
This last season included premieres of his Songs of Emily Dickinson for Sarah Shafer (Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera) and Chamber Orchestra of New York at Carnegie Hall, and two pieces commissioned by the Composers Concordance.
One of Shanan’s greatest joys is sharing his passion for music with children. For thirteen years he has taught music at a public school in Queens, NY. The documentary Rise Up and Sing—The Movie chronicles his work with the P.S./I.S. 127 Chorus. He is also the founder and director of the Queens County Choral Festival for elementary and middle school students.
As a founding board member of Chamber Orchestra of New York, Shanan has helped lead the ensemble to international success and acclaim. He served as Co-Artistic Producer for the orchestra’s Naxos recordings of Respighi’s “The Birds” and Ralph Vaughan Williams’s “The Lark Ascending,” as well as upcoming Naxos releases of Respighi’s “Ancient Airs and Dances” and Salvatore Di Vittorio’s symphonic poems. Shanan has also begun an educational outreach program Maestro Juniors for the orchestra which brings live classical music performances to title-one schools in New York City.
ACM has commissioned Shanan for Doors Open Milwaukee 2019