Cecil Price Walden (b. 1991) writes music “of powerful emotional intensity and passion…that is almost impossibly gorgeous.” (Journal of Singing)
A life-long Southerner, Price draws on the rich musical, literary, and culinary legacies of the place to create work that is both familiar and new. Commissioned by the Southern Foodways Alliance in 2011, his cantata “Leaves of Greens” led Southern Living Magazine to name him a “Hero of the New South,” (March 2012). “Sacred Spaces,” commissioned by Bruce Levingston for the Bicentennial of Mississippi, received premieres at the opening of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and Carnegie Hall. Other notable performances include the premiere of “hydrogen jukebox” by the University of Mississippi Wind Ensemble at the 2010 CBDNA Southern Regional and a performance of “Leaves of Greens” at the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival by the Atlanta Opera. His song cycle, “Abide with Me: 5 songs of love” has been heard around the country, and was recorded by Jos Milton for Albany Records. Upcoming works include his first opera, The Contract Player, with librettist Lane Williamson, and a major song cycle for mezzo-soprano Alice-Anne Light, premiering in 2019.
Price lives in Oxford, Mississippi, with his miniature schnauzer, Orlo.