Composition Seminars

Students, Professor Augusta Read Thomas sit down with composer Philip Glass

The composition seminar is a weekly session designed for graduate students in composition. It is an open forum for composers to listen to recent music, including their own, and to discuss issues connected with trends, esthetics, and compositional techniques. The entire composition faculty takes part in these sessions. The composition seminar often hosts well-known visiting composers whose works are performed in the city by various groups or ensembles, as well as performers specializing in new music and contemporary techniques.


Unless otherwise noted, all events take place in the Penthouse (9th floor) of the Logan Center for the Arts (915 E. 60th Street, Chicago, IL, 60637) on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 6:00 pm. Wine, beer, and snacks are served. 

Schedule for 2016-2017

AUTUMN 2016

  • Oct 4: Rodrigo Bussad presents his recent compositions.
  • Oct 10: Special Seminar - Steve Coleman and members of the Five Elements on the Creative Process, in conversation with Anthony Cheung. Logan 803: 12:30 - 2:00 pm. 
  • Oct 11: Imani Winds discuss collaboration. Following seminar, there will be a dinner for Imani Winds and University of Chicago composers.
  • Oct 18: Erin Gee presents her recent compositions. Before seminar, she will be offering four 1-hour private lessons at 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 pm. 
  • Oct 25: Sam Pluta presents his recent compositions.
  • Nov 1: Peter Evans presents his recent compositions.
  • Nov 8: Musicians from The Bridge speak about free improvisation and share their original compositions.
  • Nov 15: Blas Emilio Atehortúa presents his recent compositions.
  • Nov 22 : NO SEMINAR, HAPPY THANKSGIVING.
  • Nov 29: Enno Poppe presents his recent compositions
  • Dec 6: Jennifer Iverson, Steve Rings, and Larry Zbikowski present: "The relationship between analysis (especially as practiced by professional music theorists) and composition”.

WINTER 2017

  • Jan 3: The Switch Ensemble discusses collaboration.
  • Jan 10: Christopher Stark presents his recent compositions.
  • Jan 17: Imani Winds discuss collaboration and play selections from new scores being composed by six UChicago graduate student composers.
  • Jan 24: Marc Mellits presents his recent compositions.
  • Jan 31: NO SEMINAR - REPLACED BY SUNDAY, FEB 5.
  • Sunday Feb 5: – UChicago New Music Ensemble guest Mark Kilstofte presents his recent compositions.
  • Feb 7: Marc Satterwhite discusses The Grawemeyer Award and presents his recent compositions.
  • Feb 14: Alex Mincek presents his recent compositions.
  • Feb 21: Anne La Berge presents her recent compositions.
  • Feb 28: Jessie Marino presents her recent compositions.
  • Mar 7: David Ianni presents his recent compositions. Before seminar, he will be offering four 1-hour private lessons at 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 pm. 

SPRING 2017

  • Apr 4: NO SEMINAR - REPLACED BY SUNDAY, APR 9.  
  • Apr 9: Chaya Czernowin presents her recent compositions. Sunday, 1:00 pm in Logan 703.
  • Apr 11: CANCELLED Marta Ptaszynska presents “The young and bold Polish composers.”
  • Apr 18: Pablo Chin presents his recent compositions. 
  • Apr 25: Trevor Bača presents his recent compositions.
  • May 2: Show-and-tell with wide ranging open discussion. Bring creative ideas, topics, and audio samples to share.
  • May 9: NO SEMINAR - REPLACED BY MAY 10: Attend the open rehearsals of the Switch~@UChicago Concert to study works by University of Chicago composers as rehearsed by the Switch Ensemble. May 10: 10am - 3:30pm, in Fulton Hall.
  • May 16: Tim Page presents his recent compositions.
  • May 23: Djuro Zivkovic presents his recent compositions.  
  • May 30: Alican Camci presents his recent compositions. 
  • Jun 6: Igor Santos presents his recent compositions.