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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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Beecher, Lembit D.M.A. 2009
Visiting Assistant Professor at Denison University
Opera Vista Competition Winner (2010)
Tangelwood Fellowship (2010)
Fellow at the UM Institute for Humanities, 2008-2009
New Music@ECU Composition Competition Winner (2007)
NYYS First Music Commission

Bilter, Raymond BMus 2009

Jarret, Greg BMus 2009

Levey, John Composition and Music Theory PhD 2009
Assistan Professor of Music and Music Director at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

Martin, Theresa D.M.A. 2009
Detriot Symphony Orchestra, Reading of Dissertation, City of Ambition, 2009
Commission from Barnett Family Foundation of Chicago, 2008
Commission from Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra, 2008
Commissions from clarinet virtuoso, Robert Spring, 2009, 2004
ASCAPlus Awards, 2008, 2007
Fellowship Recipient Aspen Summer Masterclass, 2008
NACUSA Young Composer's Competition, 2nd place, 2006
International Clarinet Association “Clarinetfest” Performances, 2008, 2007
SCI National Conference Performances, 2006, 2005
ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer’s Competition, Honorable Mention, 2005
American Composer’s Alliance Performance, 2004
Grant Fletcher Memorial Award in Composition, 2004

Aresty, Abigail MMus 2008
Grant from the Hanson Student Commissioning program

Itoh, Takuma MMus 2008
Currently pursuing doctorate at Cornell.
NYYS Commission
ASCAP Awards (2004, 2007, 2010 Leo Kaplan Award, 2011)
Performances by the Albany Symphony, Shanghai Quartet, St. Lawrence Quartet, New York Youth Symphony, Haddonfield Symphony, Pioneer Valley Symphony, Stanford Philharmonic, H2 Saxophone Quartet
Aspen Music Festival (2006), Pacific Music Festival (2005, 2009), Atlantic Center for the Arts (2007)
2008 ACO Underwood New Music Reading

Premo, Evan BMus 2008
Has performed concertos with the Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra, Duluth-Superior Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Metropolitan Youth Symphony

Volness, Kirsten D.M.A. 2008
Currently writing, producing concerts, teaching privately in Providence, RI
2010 Rhode Island Council on the Arts Fellowship in Music Composition
BMI Women's Music Commission (2007)
ASCAP/SEAMUS Student Commission (2007)
Teaching Assistant, Composition/Computer Music, Interlochen Arts Camp (2007)
Commissions from NOW Ensemble, Ann Arbor Symphony, Colorado Quartet, Kansas City Electronic Music and Arts Alliance, REDSHIFT, Exilkabarett
Member of interdisciplinary performance troupe, Awesome Collective
Director of Publicity and Marketing and Executive Board Member, Boston New Music Initiative

Vuichard, Robert BMus 2008
Currently pursuing M.M in Composition at the Manhattan School of Music
Performances by the Yale Glee Club at Notre Dame Cathedral and Carnegie Hall, DePaul University Singers, & The Westminster Chamber Choir
Attended the Aspen Music Festival
Winner of the Yale Glee Club Emerging Composer Award (2007)

Bacon, Alexis D.M.A. 2007
Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Composition at West Texas A&M University

Beach, Michael BMus 2007
Film composer currently studying at USC

Bela, Marcin D.M.A. 2007
Music faculty member at Middle Tennessee State

Broderick, Victor BMus 2007

Brown, Eliza BMus 2007
Currently pursuing a D.M.A. at Northwestern University

Commissions from the PRISM Saxophone Quartet and Philadelphia Sinfonia Youth Orchestra
Awards from the National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, the Third Millennium Ensemble, and the Walden School, Northwestern University's Cacavas Award for Original Chamber Music (2010)

Attended June in Buffalo, American Conservatory at Fontainebleau, Darmstadt International Summer Courses for New Music, attending SICPP in 2011

Recent Performances by ensemble dal niente and the Anubis Saxophone Quartet.

Carey, Jeffrey BMus 2007
CD release of “Martes-Martes”

Dietz, Christopher Composition and Music Theory PhD 2007
Bowling Green State University – Assistant Prof. of Composition (2011- )
Bowling Green State University – Full-time Instructor of Composition, 2010-2011
Oberlin Conservatory – Visiting Assistant Professor of Theory, 2007-2010
Hillsdale College – Adjunct Professor of Composition, 2007-2008
Manhattan School of Music, Master of Music – Composition, 2002
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bachelor of Music – Composition, 2000
Sinquefield Reserve Composition Residency – June 2011
Tutti Festival of New Music, Dennison University – selected participant – March 2011
Florida State University Festival of New Music – selected participant – January 2011
Society of Composers Inc. National Conference – selected participant – November 2010
Etchings Festival of Contemporary Music – Auvillar, France – resident participant – July 2010
Mizzou New Music Summer Festival (Alarm Will Sound perf.) – resident participant – July 2010
Camargo Foundation Fellowship – Cassis, France – September-December 2009
National Arts Centre (Ottawa) Composers Programme Fellow – June 2009
Copland House, Aaron Copland Award (residency date, June – 2009)
New Music Festival at Bowling Green State University, selected participant – October 2008
Banff Centre (Alberta) Summer Composers Residency – July 2008
League of Composers/ISCM Orchestral Competition – July 2008
Music08 Festival (U. of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music) selected participant – June 2008
NewMusic@ECU Festival Orchestral Composition Competition – December 2007
North/South Consonance (NYC) Call for Scores – August 2007
The Chicago Ensemble Discover America Competition – August 2007
ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, 2007
ASCAP Plus Awards – 2005-2010
Utah Arts Festival Commission for Orchestra, national competition – June 2006
Mellon Foundation grant to fund Quintet No.2 – April 2006
Society of Composers Inc. National Student Conference Orchestra Performance – Nov. 2005
Riverside Symphony (NYC) Composer Reading Project – June 2004
University of Michigan, Humanities Fellowship – September 2003-May 2007
Minnesota Orchestra Reading Sessions and Composer Institute – October 2002

Garner, David MMus 2007
Currently pursuing doctorate at Duke

Holmes, Thomas BMus 2007
Currently pursing Masters at Ohio University

Horowitz, Andrew BMus 2007
John Lennon Fellowship (2004)
Member of Tally Hall rock band under the Atlantic Records label

Jaeger, Shawn BMus 2007
Currently pursuing doctorate at Northwestern University
Performances by Ensemble dal niente and Jack Quartet (2010 Tribeca New Music Festival)
Commission by the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall
ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award (2009)
BMI Young Composer Awards (2007 & 2008)

Myers, Jeff D.M.A. 2007
Awards from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, BMI, Society of Composers, the Eastman School
Tanglewood & ASCAP fellowships
American Composers Orchestra Reading
2009 Anna Sosenko Assist Trust Grant (for opera)
2008 ACF/Jerome Commission for New World Symphony
2008 Meet the Composer MetLife Creative Connections Grant
American Lyric Theater "Project Poe" Commission for opera (ongoing)
2008 Meir Rimon Fund Grant for a work featuring horn
American Music Center CAP Grants (2007, 2008)
New York Youth Symphony First Music Commission (2003)
BMI Composer Awards (1998, 2002)
Performances by L’Orchestre National de Lorraine, PRISM Saxophone Quartet, Center for New Music (IA)

Nietfeld, Lena BMus 2007

Penman, Joshua D.M.A. 2007
Commissions from the early music ensemble Lionheart, Ann Arbor Symphony, New York Youth Symphony
Performances by the Cedar Rapids Symphony, American Composers Orchestra

Pesca, Daniel MMus 2007
Composer, pianist and teacher in Chicago area
Commissions from University of Michigan Symphony Band ('09) and Huntsville Youth Orchestra ('10)
Aspen Music Festival and School, 2008 - 2011
Pianist, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, 2011
Ongoing duo collaborations with UM alumni Sarah Frisof (flute, DMA, '08) and Wei-Han Wu (piano, MM, '07)
Recently heard on two Block M Records releases, in collaboration with UM faculty

Pestka, Karl BMus 2007

Romero, Manly D.M.A. 2007
Performance Librarian for the Manhattan School of Music, Berkshire Choral Festival & Sewanee Summer Music Festival
Awards and commissions from the American Composers Orchestra, New York Foundation for the Arts, Meet the Composer, and the American Music Center.
American Composers Orchestra Whitaker Commission (2003)
American Composers Orchestra premiere of "Blanco, Azul, Rojo" (2005)
Inaugural Hoefer Commission from San Francisco Conservatory of Music (2010)
Residency at San Francisco Conservatory of Music (2011)
CD of "Doppelganger" recorded for future release (2011)
Dark Days New Music Festival, Reykjavik, Iceland
Member of Random Access Music composers' collective since 2006
Editor, Edward B Marks Music Company
Paul Revere Award-winning Music Engraver (SCORE and Sibelius)
Private Studio lessons in composition and music notation

Tucker, Colin BMus 2007
Beginning PhD at the University of Buffalo (SUNY) as a Presidential Fellow and t.a.
MPhil from the University of Huddersfield, England
BMI award (2006)
Performances by ensembles Elision, plus-minus, dal niente, thingNY, and Edges, by by the symphony orchestras of Detroit, Detroit Civic, and Ann Arbor, and at venues such as Issue Project Room, MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music, and Darmstadt Internationale Ferienkurse.

Dicke, Ian MMus 2006
Guest composer at the Cabrillo Festival of New Music
MetLife Creative Connections grant from the Meet the Composer Foundation

Fisher-Lochhead, Christopher BMus 2006
BMI Award (2001)
Aspen Music Festival (2003)

Holter, Julia BMus 2006

Kelly, Elizabeth MMus 2006
Currently pursuing Ph.D at Eastman
Performances by Ann Arbor Symphony, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Janacek Philharmonic, University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra and Concert Band, Yale Collegium Musicum, California EAR Unit
2008 ASCAP Morton Gould award

Lee, Wendy Composition and Music Theory PhD 2006
Assistant Professor of Music at the State University of New York at Binghamton
Future Assistant Professor of Composition at the Chinese University of Hong Kong
Lecture-recital at the 2007 College Music Society International Conference
Guest composer residency at the University of Arkansas in February 2008

Buckles, Mark BMus 2005
Adjunct Professor of Music Theory, University of Massachusetts-Lowell
Director of Music at Arlington Street Church in downtown Boston
MM Choral Conducting, Boston University,
Bard Conductor’s Institue Conducting Fellow (2006)
European American Music Alliance composition Fellow (2003, 2005)
Music Director Emeritus of Juventas, co-founded the ensemble in 2005.

Etezady, Roshanne D.M.A. 2005
Music faculty member at Arizona State
Commissioned by the Albany Symphony, Dartmouth Symphony, eighth blackbird

Grisanti, Rodney D.M.A. 2005
Music faculty member at Harold Washington College, Chicago

Henry, David MMus 2005
Commercial Musician located in New Zealand,
Awards include TCM International Young Film Composers Competition Finalist (2007)
ASCAP Young Composers Competition Finalist (2005)
Corwin Award- Orginal Small Ensemble, First Prize (2003)
Corwin Award- Original Large Ensemble, Second Place (2002)

Lee III, James D.M.A. 2005
Associate Professor of Music at Morgan State University.

Performances by the Symphony Orchestras of Detroit, Memphis, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Philedelphia, the National Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, Marin Alsop, Analog Ensemble, Ritz Chamber Players,

Awarded the 2010 Rhoda and Wladimir Lakond Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2010)

Recordings by the Baltimore Choral Arts Society

Molina, Christopher MMus 2005
Teacher with the JET Program in Japan
Invited to the Villecroze Academy of Music and Paris Conservatory summer programs

Myers, Andre D.M.A. 2005
Assistant Professor of Music at Occidental College, Los Angeles
Two commissions for the Plymouth Symphony Orchestra
Performances by symphony orchestras of Detroit, Plymouth, Occidental/Cal-Tech

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