IVETTE HERRYMAN RODRÍGUEZ was born on the Isle of Youth, Cuba in 1982. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music Composition from the Higher Institute of Arts (ISA) in Havana, in 2006, and her Master’s in Music Composition at Baylor University, in Texas, graduating with distinctions in 2013. She is currently studying her Doctorate in Music Composition and a Master’s in Music Theory at Michigan State University (MSU).
In August 2009, she was granted an Artists’ Residency by the National Fund for Culture and Arts of México (FONCA), and the Spanish Agency for International Development (AECID), an honor given to creative individuals from Haiti and Ibero America, in México. She was artist in residence of the Opera of El Salvador in 2010.
Her compositions have been performed in Cuba, Mexico, El Salvador, Spain, and the United States. She has received commissions from choral conductor Aaron Hufty and the Baylor University Women’s Choir, conductor Kevin Noe and the Musique 21 Ensemble from Michigan State University, trumpet professor Richard Illman and the Trumpet Ensemble from Michigan State University, saxophonist and MSU saxophone professor Joe Lulloff, the Community Composing Project for The Writing Center in the College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State University, and the Encore Music Academy in Miami. Her music is recorded on Producciones Colibrí, iTunes, and Naxos labels.
Her zarzuela Cerca del Río, a musical play for children and adolescents, won a Cubadisco Award in 2010. Her Sigue for treble choir is published by Walton Music, a division of GIA publications. The piece became one of Walton Music’s best sellers in 2015. She is the receiver of the 2015-16 prestigious Brandon Fradd Fellowship in Music Composition given by the CINTAS Foundation.
She is a member of the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC), the Cuban Association of Authors’ Rights (ACDAM), and the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers (ASCAP).