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Composition Alumni

This is an extensive list of graduates of the Department of Composition. Alumni are invited to provide any new resume/career information as well any missing information about other graduates. Please send comments, questions and information to



Gottschalk, Arthur D.M.A. 1978
Professor of Composition at Rice University
Charles Ives Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1978)
Composer-in-Residence, Columbia/Princeton Electronic Music Center (1983)

Lennon, John Anthony D.M.A. 1978
Commissioned by the Library of Congress, the Boston Symphony Chamber Players, the National Endowment for the Arts Orchestral Consortium, the Fromm Foundation
Prix de Rome
Guggenheim fellowship (1981)
Charles Ives Award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters (1977)

Tipei, Sever D.M.A. 1978
Professor and Computer Music Project manager at the University of Illinois School of Music
Visiting Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory, (1994 – 2003)
Meet-the-Composer grants (1980, 1990, 1991)

Brockman, Jane D.M.A. 1977
First woman to earn a Doctorate in Music Composition at the University of Michigan
Fulbright/Alliance Française fellowship
Three MacDowell Colony fellowships
Meet the Composer fellowship
Music faculty at the University of Connecticut for 9 years

Chatman, Stephen D.M.A. 1977
Head of Composition at The University of British Columbia, Vancouver since 1976
Winner of the 2005 and 2006 Western Canadian Music Awards
Commissioned by the Vancouver, Toronto, Edmonton, Windsor, and Madison symphonies
Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1975)
M.B. Rockefeller Fund Grant
U.S. Fulbright Grant for study with Karlheinz Stockhausen

Clark, Thomas D.M.A. 1976
Professor of Music and Director of the Texas State University of Music
Previous positions at the University of North Texas, The University of Michigan, Indiana University, and Pacific Lutheran University
Developed the New Music Performance Lab
Chair of the Doctor of Musical Arts program
Director of the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia
33-year college teaching career

Janson, Thomas D.M.A. 1975
Professor of Composition and Theory at Kent State University
Performances by The New Pittsburgh Chamber Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, New York Motet Choir, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble
Charles Ives Award, National Institute of Arts and Letters, National Society of Arts and Letters

Boury, Robert D.M.A. 1972
Composer and Professor of Music, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Part of the revival of ragtime, led by William Albright and Bill Bolcom
Joseph H. Bearnes Prize from Columbia University (1971) for his orchestral work, “Grilli”

Kangas, Melvin MMus 1972
Associate Professor of Fine Arts, Finlandia University
Finnish-American kantele virtuoso and teacher

Peck, Russell D.M.A. 1972
Has taught at Northern Illinois University, Eastman School of Music, and the North Carolina School of the Arts.
Performances and Commissions by the Milwaukee Symphon and Alabama Symphony
Koussevitzky Prize, two Ford Foundation Fellowships, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts

Carpenter, Kurt MMus 1971
BMI composer award (1968, 71)
Co-founder and director of the Twice Festival
Koussevitsky Prize
Grant to create his cantata, Michigum, for the State of Michigan's Sesquicentennial

Kleiman, Stephen MMus 1971
Professor of Music at Arcadia University

Manderville, Richard BMus 1971

Maves, David D.M.A. 1971
Professor at the College of Charleston, since 1984
Assistant Professor of Music, Duke University (1972-76)
Several ASCAP awards, two Sigma Alpha Iota Inter-American Awards

Ross, William MMus 1971
Faculty of St. Mary's University since 1980.

Weiss, Edward MMus 1971

Albright, William D.M.A. 1970
American Academy of Arts and Letters Award (1970)
Guggenheim fellowships (1970 and 1986)
NEA fellowships (1976, 1981, 1984)
America Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers Award
Composer-in-residence at the American Academy in Rome in 1979
Award from the Fromm Music Foundation of Harvard University
Music for practically every instrumental and vocal medium

Ben-Yohanan, Asher MMus 1970
Studies with Aaron Copland at Tanglewood in 1958
Morse Fellowship in Composition from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (1970-71).
Commissions from the Israel Composers Fund, the Israel Festival, the University of Wisconsin
Taught at the Israel Conservatory of Music in Tel-Aviv, Telma Yellin Music and Arts School.
Professor of Music at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat-Gan from 1973-96.

Ehrenkreutz, Stefan BMus 1970

Hantz, Joan MMus 1970

Reiter, Scott MMus 1970

Robbins, David MMus 1970
Chair, Department of Music and Professor of Music at Pacific Lutheran University, since 1969


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