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 5:00 to 6:20 pm. Wine, beer, and snacks are served. 

Schedule for 2017-2018


  • Sept. 26: Alison Jiang (Phd candidate)
  • Oct. 3: Maria Kaoutzani (Phd candidate)
  • Oct. 10: Samuel Andreyev (guest composer, Canada/France) ***this seminar will be held in Logan 703***
  • Oct. 17: Ted Moore (Phd candidate)
  • Oct. 21: Arditti Quartet (NB extra session, 10:30 to 12, Saturday morning)
  • Oct. 24: Cracow Duo on recent Polish music
  • Oct. 31: Kevin Kay (MA candidate)
  • Nov. 7: Aaron Helgeson (Chicago Center for Contemporary Compositon postdoctoral fellow)
  • Nov. 14: Imani Winds (intro session)
  • Nov. 21: Marta Ptaszynska (UChicago Professor of Music)
  • Nov. 28: Open listening session (orchestral music)


  • 1/9: Wang Lu (Composer, Assistant Prof. at Brown University)
  • 1/16: Michael Hersch (Composer, Chair of Composition at the Peabody Institute)
  • 1/23: Ned McGowan (Composer and flutist, Prof. at HKU University of the Arts Utrecht)
  • 1/30: Hans Thomalla (Composer, Associate Prof. at Northwestern University)
  • 2/6: Imani Winds work-in-progress session
  • 2/13: Jorge Grossmann (Composer, Associate Prof. at Ithaca College)
  • 2/20: Listening/discussion session, topic TBA
  • 2/27: Eliza Brown (Composer, Assistant Prof. at DePauw University)
  • 3/5: Pierre-Laurent Aimard on Ligeti’s Piano Music (Monday, 4:30 to 6pm)


  • 3/27: Nicole Mitchell (Creative Flutist, Composer, Prof. at UC Irvine)
  • 4/3: Samuel Adams (Composer, Composer-in-residence at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra) POSTPONED TO MAY 8th
  • 4/10: Anthony Cheung (Composer, Assistant Prof. at UChicago) **relocated to Goodspeed 205**
  • 4/17: Gerhard Stäbler and Kunsu Shim (Composers)
  • 4/24: Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition future planning
  • 5/1: Seth Brodsky (Musicologist, Associate Prof. at UChicago)
  • 5/8: Listening/discussion session, topic TBA
  • 5/15: Augusta Read Thomas (Composer, University Prof. at UChicago)
  • 5/22: Pierce Gradone (Composer, PhD candidate)
  • 5/29: Sky Macklay (Composer, Columbia University)