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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



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Strang, John MMus 1994
Howard University's organist and assistant director of its choir.
Was All Souls' Music Director until June 2008

Vaillancourt, Scott MMus 1994
Part time faculty at the University of Southern Maine, the University of Maine at Orono, and Bowdoin College.
Was the director of bands and chorus at the University of New England and is principal tubist and organist for the Norumbega Ensemble.

Angell, Michael D.M.A. 1993
Professor of Music, University of Alabama at Birmingham since 1994
Co-founded the Birmingham Art Music Alliance

Chambers, Evan D.M.A. 1993
Chair, Department of Composition, University of Michigan
Cincinnati Symphony National Composers' Competition, first prize
Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1992)
Award from the American Composers Forum
MacDowell Colony resident
Grants from Meet the Composer, the Arts Foundation of Michigan and ArtServe Michigan
Resident composer with the new-music ensemble Quorum

Desjardins, Jacques D.M.A. 1993
Currently teaches at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Two First Prizes, SOCAN Competition,
Canadian Representativefor first International Forum of New Music of the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne

Hwang, Serra D.M.A. 1993
Assistant Professor of Composition and Music Theory at Illinois State University
British Broadcasting Corporation Composer's Platform Competition Award (1995)
Winner, Bakersfield Symphony "New Direction Concerts" Chamber Music Competition (1991)

Kurtz, Mark BMus 1993
Director of Music Ministries at First United Methodist Church
Music Director of the River City Mixed Chorus, Nebraska's only GALA (Gay and Lesbian Association) Chorus

Martinson, Kenneth BMus 1993
Assistant professor of Viola at University of FloridaSecretary of the International Viola Society
Founder of Gems Music Publications

Nolan, Stephen BMus 1993

Opel, Douglas MMus 1993
Aaron Copland Award/Residency
Performances by the Duquesne Contemporary Ensemble and the Fort Wayne Philharmonic

Palmer, Glenn D.M.A. 1993

Phan, Phuc Q D.M.A. 1993
Associate Professor of Music (Composition), Indiana University
Rome Prize (1998)
ASCAP awards, grants from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Ohio Arts Councils, Charles Ives Center for American Music
Fellowships from the Macdowell Colony
Commissions from the Kronos Quartet, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the American Composers Orchestra, the Greater East Lansing Symphony, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the Samaris Piano Trio, the New York Youth Symphony

Rosenberger, Seth BMus 1993

Ruehr, Elena D.M.A. 1993
Music faculty at M.I.T.
Prizes from the Cincinnati Symphony, Omaha Symphony, and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

Thibadeaux, Sean MMus 1993

Warner, Scott D.M.A. 1993
Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies & Music Theory, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Grants and awards from The Minnesota, Michigan, and Iowa Councils for the Arts, The Jerome Foundation of Minneapolis
Commissioned by the Eroica Trio

Asplin, David D.M.A. 1992

Banfield, William D.M.A. 1992
Has served as Endowed Chair Humanities, professor of Music, director of American Cultural Studies/Jazz, Popular, World Music Studies, University of St. Thomas, MN.
Developed the Undine Smith Moore Collection of Scores and Manuscripts of Black Composers, Indiana University
Recognition and grants from National Endowment For The Humanities, National Endowment For The Arts, Jerome, Lily, Lila Wallace, McKnight, Unisys, Telluride Foundations

Garrop, Stacy BMus 1992
Associate Professor of Composition, Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University
Detroit Symphony Orchestra's Elaine Lebenbom Memorial Award (2007)
Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble's Harvey Gaul Competition (2007)
Raymond and Beverly Sackler Music Composition Prize (2005)
Barlow Endowment commissions (2005 and 2001)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra's 1999-2000 First Hearing Composition Competition (2000)
Residences at MacDowell, Yaddo, and Ragdale colonies

Hogan, Leslie D.M.A. 1992
Lecturer in Music Composition, University of California-Santa Barbara, (since 1995)
Co-producer/performer Current Sounds New Music Consortium, Santa Barbara, (since 1999)
American Academy of Arts and Letters Charles Ives Fellowship (2002)
Charles Ives Scholarship (1993)

Kilstofte, Mark D.M.A. 1992
Associate Professor of Theory/Composition, Furman University
The Rome Prize
ASCAP Rudolf Nissim Award
Goddard Lieberson Fellowship (2001)
Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1988)
Aaron Copland Award/Residency (2003-2004, 1998-1999)
MacDowell Colony’s Francis and William Schuman Fellowship
Fromm Foundation commission recipient

Bajakian, Clinton MMus 1991
Video game industry veteran
Award-winning credits on over 50 leading titles
Composer and sound supervisor at LucasArts Entertainment Company from 1991 to 2000.
Credits include "Indiana Jones and the Emperor’s Tomb", "Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine", "Unreal II: The Awakening, Battlestar Gallactica" and "Star Wars: TIE Fighter"
Recipient of the Musical Achievement Award from Computer Gaming World magazine in 1998

Fields, Matthew D.M.A. 1991
Associate appointment to the Sigma Xi scientific research society (1984)
First prize from the Ferruccio Busoni Memorial Society composition competition (1991)
Recording out called “Sages of Chelm”
Minnesota Composer Readings/institute (2006)

Kolesnikow, Rama BMus 1991
Composing for commercials and videos for clients such as Apple Computers and Visa
Scoring films and animation aired on PBS and Cartoon Network

Kramer, Timothy D.M.A. 1991
Professor of Music, Trinity University
Guggenheim Foundation Award (1998)
NEA award
MacDowell Colony Fellow
Meet the Composer Award

Moon, Steven BMus 1991

Morrison, John D.M.A. 1991
Chair of Composition and Theory Dept., Longy School of Music, Cambridge, MA
Meet the Composer Grant, (1994)
Charles Ives Center for American Music, Composition Fellow (1988)
Residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Schweitzer Institute, and Charles Ives Center

Richey, John MMus 1991

Stanton, Geoffrey D.M.A. 1991
Associate Professor of Music at Marygrove College in Detroit
Head of the theory/composition department and Director of the electronic music studios
American Composers Forum commission
Awards from American Academy of Arts and Letters (1992), Meet the Composer, NEA

Hayes, Jeffrey BMus 1990
Visual artist / Painter

Maloney, Kevin MMus 1990

Nelson, Brian J. BMus 1990
Master’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin (2000)
D.M.A. from the University of Kansas (2011)
Minnesota Symphony Orchesta Composer Institute Performance
Imago Festival Attendee

Rardin, Paul MMus 1990
Associate director of choirs at the University of Michigan
Taught at Towson University

Swanson, Roy MMus 1990

Vayo, David D.M.A. 1990
Teaching composition and contemporary music at Illinois Wesleyan University
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Award (2000)
Charles Ives Scholarship from American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters (1988)

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