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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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Nelson, Erika MMus 2005
Marketing Manager at Hubbard Street Dance Chicago
Marketing assistant for the University Musical Society (UMS)
Ann Arbor Symphony commission
Dexter Community Orchestra commission (May 2008)

Reinkemeyer, Andrea D.M.A. 2005
Assistant Professor of Music at Bowling Green State University (2005-2010)
Composer in Residence: Michigan Philharmonia “The Composer in Me!” Pilot Program (2010-11)

Reading by the American Composers Orchestra
Performances by: Fusion Project, University of Michigan Concert Band, North-South Consonance Chamber Orchestra, Great Noise Ensemble, Sonict New Music Ensemble, Pacific Rim Gamelan.
Commission and performances: H. Robert Reynolds and the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings; Primary Colors Trio; Miller Asbill and the Texas Tech Bands; Wild Swan Theater & Ann Arbor School for the Performing Arts.
New Music Festivals: University of Central Missouri, BGSU, Ball State, SEAMUS, Spark, & EMMF.

Schankler, Isaac MMus 2005
Doctoral candidate at the University of Southern California
Damien Top Prize in the ASCAP/Lotte Lehmann Foundation Art Song Competition.

Tommasini, Matthew D.M.A. 2005
Freelance composer in Los Angeles
Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2005)
First prize in the ASCAP/SCI Commission Competition
Grant from the ASCAP Foundation's Leonard Bernstein Fund.

Berners, John E Composition and Music Theory PhD 2004
Assistant Professor at University of Indianapolis

Bussigel, Peter BMus 2004
Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the MEME program at Brown University
Experimental films, multimedia concert works, and sound installations
Active videographer, composer, and sound designer

Hachikian, Eric BMus 2004
Composition studies at the Aspen & Tanglewood Music Festivals;
Commissions from Ann Arbor Symphony 2000; Carnegie Hall (Musical Armenia) 2005; Boston Pops 2007

Performances by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Pops & Baltimore Symphony

Film, television & commercial composer ("The Wrestler"; Discovery Channels "LIFE"; HBO's "Entourage"; Showtime's "The Big C"; Maxwell House; Schick Razors); Based in New York & Los Angeles

Magin, Carrie BMus 2004
Currently pursuing a MM in Composition at the University of Cincinnati
Fulbright Teaching Assistantship

Pann, Carter Composition and Music Theory PhD 2004
Associate Professor of Composition/Theory at the University of Colorado at Boulder
Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1999)
Performances by the London Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, National Repertory Orchestra, National Symphony of Ireland, Syracuse Symphony, Stockholm Radio Symphony

Puckett, Joel D.M.A. 2004
Professor at Peabody Conservatory
Professor at Towson University
Visiting Assistant Professor at Shenandoah University
American Bandmasters Association/University of Florida commission
BMI Student Composer Award
Orchestral premiere at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Schnauber, Thomas Composition and Music Theory PhD 2004
Grand Prize and Music Director's Prize for the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin's International "Homage to Mozart"
Composition Competition, Moscow
Performance by the New York City Opera
Professor of Performance Arts (Music) and Co-Chair of the Performance Arts Department at Emmanuel College in Boston

Suter, Anthony MMus 2004
Assistant Professor of Composition, University of Redlands
Awards from the National Opera Association, the College Band Director's National Association, ASCAP, Associazione Culturale Musicale "Euritmia", Texas String Project
Winner of the 2010 Innovative Teaching Award, University of Redlands
Published by Daehn Publications and Edizione Musicali Wicky Milan
Hymns to Forgotten Moons: The Music of Arnold Schoenberg and Anthony Suter released in 2010 on Centaur Records [CRC-3019]

Alattar, Laith BMus 2003
Collaboration with Arab poets on a number of new songs in Iraqi and classical Arabic.
Pursuing a doctorate in psychology at the University of Michigan

Assad, Clarice MMus 2003
Commissioned by Colorado Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop, Louville Pops Orchestra, Carnegie Hall and the Jerome Foundation
Grants from ACF
Performed at venues including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie's Zanker Hall, Centennial Hall in Arizona, Cerritos Center for the performing arts, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, the HotHouse in Chicago and The Knitting Factory in New York City

Cargile, Ozie C BMus 2003
Performance by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Founder of the Psalm 150 Ensemble
Freelance composer and teacher in public schools

Francis, Ryan BMus 2003
M.M. and D.M.A. completed at the Juilliard School (2005, 2010)
Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2005)
Palmer Dixon Prize from the Juilliard School (2005, 2008)
Jerome Foundation Commission Grant (2008)
Performances by American Composers Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Columbia Symphony of Portland, Metropolis Ensemble, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, FearNoMusic Ensemble, New Juilliard Ensemble, Axiom, Blind Ear Collective, Palisades Virtuosi
CDs released on Tzadik Records (2011) and New Dynamic Records (2009)

Furr, Jennifer D.M.A. 2003
Lecturer of Performing Arts Technology at the University of Michigan

Lee, Paul D.M.A. 2003
American Composers Orchestra commission
Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1999)

Maki, David D.M.A. 2003
Assistant professor of composition and theory at Northern Illinois University
Performances by Brave New Works, Prime Directive

McComas, Inez MMus 2003

Murray, Edward BMus 2003

Nelson, Brian R. MMus 2003
Currently pursuing D.M.A. at Rice University.
Commissions from the San Antonio Symphony, the Trinity University Theatre Department, and the American Guild of Organists

Park, Soo-Hyung BMus 2003

Pieslak, Jonathan Composition and Music Theory PhD 2003
Associate Professor of Music at City College, New York City (CUNY)
American Academy of Arts and Letters' Goddard Lieberson Fellowship (2006)
Guggenheim Fellow (2011)

Schober, David Composition and Music Theory PhD 2003
Assistant Professor at Queen’s College, NY
Theodore Presser Music Award
Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2002)
Commissions from the Minnesota Orchestra, the Naumburg Foundation, the BMI Foundation Carlos Surinach Fund, eighth blackbird, & Fromm Foundation.

Simpson, Steven D.M.A. 2003
Winner 14th Annual New Music Festival- Bowling Green State University
Winner of orchestra composition contest (2010)
2nd Place PAS 2011 Composition Contest: Marimba Quaret Category

Sparr, DJ D.M.A. 2003
Composition Faculty, Walden School for Musicians,
Composer in Residence, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Education and Community Engagement 2009-2011, Young American Composer in Residence, California Symphony Orchestra 2011-2013
Awards: BMI (1995, 2000)
Grand Prize BMG/Williams College National Young Composers Competition (1997)
American Academy in Rome, Rome Prize – Alternate (1998)
League of Composers/ISCM Composers’ Competition Winner (2009)
BMI Foundation/Boudleaux Bryant Fund commission for Eighth Blackbird (2000)

Performances by and with Alias Ensemble, Berkshire Symphony, Cabrillo Festival, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras, Dayton Philharmonic, Eighth Blackbird, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Williamsburg Symphonia, among others.

Brody, Isaac BMus 2002

Byrne, David MMus 2002
TV and Film Composer, credits include America’s Got Talent (NBC), The Hard Times of RJ Berger (MTV), among others.

Chen, Yi-Chen MMus 2002

Djupstrom, Michael BMus 2002
Attended Tanglewood, Aspen, Académie musicale de Villecroze, Music from Angel Fire
Additional studies: Artist Diploma at the Curtis Institute of Music, private studies with Betsy Jolas
Awards: American Academy of Arts and Letters, Charles Ives Fellowship (2010), Charles Ives Scholarship (2001)
Académie musicale de Villecroze, grant to fund 6-month residency in Paris (2007)
Great Wall International Composition Competition (Chicago), 1st Prize and Audience Prize
MTNA - Shepherd Distinguished Composer of the Year (2005)
BMI (2004), ASCAP student composer awards (2004, 2003)
Published by Boosey and Hawkes

Fowler, Paul MMus 2002
Currently teaching at Naropa University in Boulder, CO.
NYYS Commission
ASCAP Young Composer Award
Louis Smadbeck Composition Award

Hill, Augustus Composition and Music Theory PhD 2002
Music faculty member at Wayne State University
Assistant Musical Director of Brazeal Denard Chorale, Detroit, MI

Kennedy, John M. D.M.A. 2002
Teaching composition, 20th Century theory, history and New Music Ensemble at Cal State-LA
Charles Ives Prize from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters (1990)
Grants from Meet the Composer, Inc., and The American Composers Forum

Kirschenmann, Mark Composition and Music Theory PhD 2002
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Jazz and Improvisation, University of Michigan

Kuster, Kristin D.M.A. 2002
Assistant Professor of Composition, University of Michigan
League of American Orchestras & Meet The Composer Music Alive: New Partnerships Composer-in-Residence (2009)
National Flute Association Young Artists Competition Commission (2009)
American Opera Projects Composers & the Voice Series Fellow (2007-2008)
Sons of Norway Arts Foundation Grant (2008)
American Composers Forum Jerome Foundation Commissioning Program Award (2007)
American Composers Orchestra Commission (2006)
Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts & Letters (2004)
Commissions from the Annapolis Symphony & the Plymouth Symphony

Little, David T. MMus 2002
ASCAP Leonard Bernstein Fellow in Composition at the Tanglewood Music Center (2001)
Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (2003)
Performances by eighth blackbird, So Percussion, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, New York City Opera VOX Grand Rapids Symphony, Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music (Composer-In-Residence, 2004)
Founder and Artistic Director of The Newspeak Ensemble

Lu, Pei D.M.A. 2002
Performances by Minnesota Orchestra, Chicago Grant Park Orchestra, Norfolk Music Consort, Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra, Singapore Chinese Orchestra
Commissions from Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project, Chicago Institute of Arts, Amelia Piano Trio

March, Kevin D.M.A. 2002
Creative Artist Grant from ArtServe Michigan
Arts of Citizenship grant
The Betty Amsden Composition Award (2010)

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