Composition Seminar

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

Student and faculty composers meet weekly for composition seminars to discuss issues related to musical materials, imagination, design, aesthetics, and compositional techniques with leaders in the field from across the globe.

Seminar meetings during the 2022 Winter Quarter will take place in the Logan Center for the Arts Penthouse on Tuesdays from 5:00-6:20 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

When artists are joining via Zoom, students are still expected to meet in-person in the Penthouse except for seminar on January 18, which will be fully remote.

Refreshments will be served.

Spring 2022

March 29: SHARING DAY: students in residence in years 2, 4 and 5 who did not share earlier in the year may share their work

April 5: Laura Elise Schwedinger

April 12: Sang Song: UCSD Composer Exchange Student
Music through the Looking Glass: Exploring the Possibility of Perspective Changes in Music

April 19: David Serkin Ludwig

April 26: Alison Yun-Fei Jiang
Composing Landscapes, Experiences, and Narratives

May 3: Rodrigo Bussad

May 10: Christopher Trapani
Microtonal Music with Electronics

May 17: NO SEMINAR TODAY: Instead, attend May 19 event

Thursday, May 19, 8 PM: Attend Chicago Symphony Orchestra Concert performing BRIO by Augusta Read Thomas. Strauss' Ein Heldenleben is featured on the concert

May 24: Signature event featuring Matana Roberts
Sonic Conversations: Matana will present a solo improvisation for saxophone, followed by a round-table discussion led by Augusta Read Thomas with Seth Brodsky, Jennifer Iverson, and Travis Jackson.

Winter 2022

Jan 11: FACULTY SEARCH: No seminar

Jan 18: Matana Roberts all participants, including students, will join remotely. There will not be an in-person meeting this week.

Jan 25: SHARING DAY: Students in years 2 and 3 may share their work

Feb 1: CHIMEFEST: No seminar: Instead, this week please attend CHIMEFEST.

Feb 8: SHARING DAY: Students in residence in years 4 and 5 may share their work

Feb 15: FACULTY SEARCH: No seminar

Feb 22: Ingrid Laubrock

Mar 1: Eric Nathan

Autumn 2021

Sept 28: Carillon Concert (featuring world premieres by: Darelene Castro Ortiz, Ashkan Behzadi, and Hunter Brown at Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, east side lawn, picnic-style, rain or shine as performed by Joey Brink. Co-listed with Ear Taxi Festival.)

Oct 5: Felipe Tovar-Henao

Oct 12: Benjamin Whiting including discussion about CHIMEFEST

Oct 19: Annika K. Socolofsky via Zoom

Oct 26: Matana Roberts

Nov 2: Shawn Jaeger via Zoom

Nov 9: Hannah Kendall via Zoom

Nov 16: Amy Williams (She will also teach 3 or 4 private lessons)


Nov 30: FACULTY SEARCH: No seminar: Instead, this week, please attend interviews of the faculty search in composition. (Candidates will also teach some private lessons)