Orianna Webb's music has been described as "abound[ing] in urgent and mysterious detail" (Cleveland Plain Dealer), and possessing "fine alterations of mood, timbre and personality . . . whose colorations and phrases mesh - and delight." (Philadelphia Inquirer). Her work has been recognized with honors and commissions from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, the Fromm Foundation, ASCAP, the American Music Center, SCI, the International Alliance for Women in Music, the New York Youth Symphony, and others. Recent premieres have included Mirrored Spaces, commissioned by the Fromm Foundation and co-written with Daniel Lippel, Ways the Sky Meets the Sea, winner of the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Prize and composed in residence at the Camargo Foundation, and The Time Being premiered at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music's Conductor/Composer Program in Santa Cruz, CA. Orianna's music has recently been performed by the Minnesota Orchestra, the Yale Philharmonia, the Bowling Green Philharmonia, Flexible Music, the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra (COYO), the Prism Players, the Brandywine Trio, Vox Novus, the Mostly Modern Chamber Music Society, and heard at recitals and festivals across the country.
Orianna has taught composition, orchestration, music theory, music history, and musicianship variously at the Yale School of Music, Yale College, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and Case Western Reserve University. She is a founding faculty member of the Young Composers Program at CIM, a week-long summer program which draws composers ages 14-19 from around the US and abroad.
Born into a family of visual artists in Akron, OH, Orianna grew up playing the bassoon and the piano. In college she played orchestral and chamber music, and sang, played keyboards, and wrote for an improvisational duo and a rock band. After a brief detour studying anthropology then religion, she earned degrees in music from the University of Chicago, the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM), and the Yale School of Music. She studied composition with Martin Bresnick, Margaret Brouwer, John Eaton, Joseph Schwantner, and Roger Zahab, and also at La Schola Cantorum in Paris with Samuel Adler and Philip Lasser. She is a member of ASCAP.