Amos Gillespie

“Chicago is long over due for a contemporary new music festival of this size; bursting at the seems, there is so much creative energy flowing through this festival it could easily be the 'Hoover Dam' of the city's power grid.”

Amos Gillespie's music has been heard on WFMT in Chicago and WQXR in New York City. His music spans a wide range of genres including chamber and orchestra concert music, jazz, as well as music for film, theater and dance. He has been commissioned and performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Atlantic Music Festival Contemporary Ensemble, Chicago Q Ensemble and the Chicago Composers Orchestra among others. Amos’ music has been heard at venues and Festivals around the world including the Preston Bradley Hall Sunday Salon Series, Illinois Musicians Festival at Grant Park, North American Saxophone Alliance Conference, Old Synagogue chamber music series in Mainz Germany, Music Institute of Chicago and the Green Mill among others. 

Amos has received special recognition and finalist awards from ASCAP, the League of Composers (ISCM), Columbia Orchestra and the MacArthur Foundation, and has won numerous grants including the 2013 IAS professional development grant through the Illinois Arts Council as well as a Lucerne fellowship through Northwestern University and the Swiss Benevolent Society.

He recently celebrated the CD release for "1001 afternoons in Chicago,” a radio play he co-wrote with composer/WFMT radio host Seth Boustead. 

As a saxophonist Amos has performed with New Millennium Orchestra, Access Contemporary Music (ACM) and the Hard Art Groop among others. He has taught music theory at Chicago State University and the Peoples Music School. He received a Master’s degree in composition from the Chicago College of Performing Arts.