Alicia Bachorik Armstrong is a composer who savors beauty as a gift from her Creator and finds the sublime in art, nature, and everyday experiences while attempting to create music that others can enjoy in a similar fashion. Her choral and chamber works have been performed both in the USA and in her second home of the Philippines, including Tango for String Orchestra, an off-kilter reimagining of the familiar dance form which will be performed on the Charlotte Symphony’s CSO On the Go program in May.
An early love of reading and theatre has grown into a desire to connect language and storytelling to her compositions. In past years this has been manifested in several choral and vocal works as well as in instrumental works based on poetry, such her song cycle How Do I Love Thee?, featuring texts by American women. She is fond of taking familiar ideas and sounds and tweaking them slightly into something unexpected. In the past three years, her music has been
performed by the Charlotte Symphony, Attacca String Quartet, soprano Lindsay Kesselman, and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Wind Ensemble and Orchestra. In 2017, she was commissioned by the Wachovia Winds Youth Wind Ensemble to write a new piece celebrating the group’s Moravian heritage.
In addition to her works for the concert hall, Alicia has also composed and arranged a variety of sacred music. Her choral anthem “Dakilang Diyos” has been performed dozens of times all over the Philippines. Some of her other choral works include “A Bell” and “Adoramus Te,” both performed at Bob Jones University, along with an arrangement of the hymn “For the Sake of His Name” which was commissioned for the 29th anniversary celebration of Bob Jones Memorial Bible College in Quezon City, Philippines.
Growing up in two different countries has given Alicia a wide range of musical and cultural experiences that have molded her approach to music. Besides living abroad for 10 years, she has traveled extensively throughout the eastern USA and spent a summer touring and giving over sixty concerts with a choir in Germany, Switzerland, France, Austria, and the Czech Republic.
When she’s not composing, Alicia enjoys making the perfect cup of tea, thrift shopping, watching crime dramas, and being dragged to the gym by her husband Will. She received a master’s degree in composition from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2018 where she studied with Lawrence Dillon.