Bio / Resume
Beth Custer is a San Francisco based composer, performer, recording artist, bandleader, and the proprietor of BC Records. She has numerous recordings out with ensembles The Beth Custer Ensemble, Eighty Mile Beach, Clarinet Thing, Trance Mission and Club Foot Orchestra.
Beth has composed for the contemporary chamber ensembles Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, Zeitgeist, Earplay, Turtle Island and Kronos String Quartets; for the theatre productions of Campo Santo Theatre, Berkeley and San Diego Repertory Theatres, Magic Theatre, California Shakespeare, Overtone Industries, and Cornerstone Theatre; for the dance troupes AXIS Dance Company, Joe Goode Performance Group, Roco Dance, Flyaway Productions, Ledoh, Harupin Ha, and Osseus Labyrinth; for the films of William Farley, Brad Coley, Cathy Lee Crane, Julie Wyman, Melinda Stone, George Spies, Koohan Paik, KQED’s Independent View and Deep Look, and with Club Foot Orchestra, a season of CBS/Film Roman’s Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat.
Beth created four musicals with writer Octavio Solis produced by Campo Santo Theatre and Overtone Industries. Her collaborative scores with inventor and MacArthur Fellow Trimpin led her to compose Vinculum Symphony, a site-specific, large-scale work that unites chamber musicians with experimental instrument builders.
Her numerous awards include artist residencies at Blue Mountain Center, Montalvo Arts Center, Civitella Ranieri Center, and Headlands Center for the Arts. Other awards include a McKnight Fellowship in Minneapolis, University of Wyoming, Meet The Composer New Residency awards, American Composers Forum Commissioning, San Francisco Arts Commission Individual Artist grants, Zellerbach Family Fund awards, Gerbode award, Argosy Foundation recording grant, and an Aaron Copland Recording Fund award.
- Beth Custer Narrative Bio (pdf, 1 page)
- Beth Custer Short Bio (pdf, half page)
- Beth Custer Resume (pdf, 2 pages)
- Clarinet Thing Member Bios (pdf, 2 pages)
Photos (high resolution)
|Beth Custer credit: Federico Cusigch||Beth Custer credit: Federico Cusigch||Beth Custer credit: Federico Cusigch|
|Beth Custer credit: Claudia Gianvenuti for the Civitella Ranieri Foundation||Beth Custer credit: Claudia Gianvenuti for the Civitella Ranieri Foundation||Beth Custer credit: Anne Hamersky|
|Beth Custer credit: Anne Hamersky||Beth Custer credit: Alexander Bailey||Beth Custer credit: Anne Hamersky|
|Beth Custer credit: Federico Cusigch||Beth Custer (low res) credit: Chris Grady||The Beth Custer Ensemble credit: Federico Cusigch|
|The Beth Custer Ensemble credit: Federico Cusigch||The Beth Custer Ensemble credit: Anne Hamersky||The Beth Custer Ensemble credit: Anne Hamersky|
|Beth Custer Ensemble credit: Federico Cusigch||The Beth Custer Ensemble credit: Anne Hamersky||The Beth Custer Ensemble credit: Anne Hamersky|
|Trance Mission Trio credit: Chen-Wei Liu||Trance Mission Trio credit: Chen-Wei Liu||Trance Mission credit: Anne Hamersky|
|Clarinet Thingcredit: Federico Cusigch||Clarinet Thing credit: Anne Hamersky||Clarinet Thing credit: Federico Cusigch|
|Clarinet Thing credit: Federico Cusigch|