“This engaging, restless piece reflects both the environs of Seattle and the music of Pearl Jam.”
-Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, May 2014
Much Difference

“The three movements are serious and nicely crafted, with an atmosphere appropriate to the work’s program.  It has some convincing expressive power.”
-Allen Gimbel, American Record Guide, March 2012
A Perspective

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Angelique Poteat is a native of the Pacific Northwest.  Her music has been recorded and performed on four continents by ensembles including the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Yakima Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Northwest, Seattle Collaborative Orchestra, Woodlands Symphony Orchestra, North Corner Chamber Orchestra, arx Percussion Duo, CernaBella, and Emerald City Music. Some notable performances include Beyond Much Difference (2014), a piece commissioned by the Seattle Symphony and performed by them at their January 2015 Sonic Evolution concert with Mike McCready, Chris Cornell, and members of the bands, Pearl Jam, Sound Garden, and Alice in Chains; and Much Difference (2014) at (le) Poisson Rouge in New York.  Poteat is the recipient of the 2015 American Prize in Composition for Beyond Much Difference, as well as grants from Seattle 4Culture, Artist Trust, and the Allied Arts Foundation.  She is a 2023 and 2015 CityArtist from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, and the 2018 Composer-in-Residence for the New Music on the Rock Festival.  Poteat is currently the Director of the Seattle Symphony Young Composers Workshop and is also the Seattle Symphony’s 2022-23 Artist-in-Residence.

Angelique Poteat
Photo credit: Amy Bowen

As a clarinetist, Poteat enjoys performing a wide variety of genres, from orchestral to new music for the bass clarinet.  She has appeared numerous times as a soloist with the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, of which she is Principal Clarinetist, and can frequently be heard playing chamber music all over the Pacific Northwest. Poteat also performs with the Seattle Modern Orchestra, Northwest Sinfonietta, Saratoga Orchestra, and performs on occasion with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony (BC), Boise Philharmonic, and Emerald City Music, among many other groups.  She is a regular in the Sunriver Music Festival, and has also performed in the McCall Music Festival, Siletz Bay Music Festival, and Icicle Creek Music Festival.

Poteat earned the degrees Bachelor of Music from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University and Master of Music from the College-Conservatory of Music.  She has studied composition with Samuel Adler, Joel Hoffman, Mara Helmuth, Anthony Brandt, Pierre Jalbert, Shih-Hui Chen, Arthur Gottschalk, and Samuel Jones.  She studied clarinet with Michael Webster at Rice University and Laura DeLuca of the Seattle Symphony, and bass clarinet with Ronald Aufmann of the Cincinnati Symphony.

On the side, Poteat is a hiker, cyclist, DIYer, and an overall lover of nature.  Many of her works are influenced by the natural world around her, often returning to the ocean and Puget Sound area.

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