Composition Faculty

Lawrence's composition faculty are professional composers and creators with expertise in chamber, vocal, and orchestral music, opera, electronic media, improvisation, and innovative collaboration.


Joanne Metcalf
Associate Professor of Music
Chair for Composition

Joanne Metcalf has a flourishing international career as a composer. She has received commissions from Singer Pur, the Hilliard Ensemble, North Carolina Arts Council, Cappella Nova and the Scottish Arts Council, Canty, the Netherland-America Foundation and Ensemble Hex, Concert Band Director's National Association, Ciompi Quartet, John Potter, and Nancy Zeltsman. Her compositions have been performed by such  musicians and ensembles as Christopher Lyndon-Gee, Carole Yahr, Monica Germino, and Early Music Consort of Calgary and have been heard at many prominent festivals and venues, including the Beethoven Festival (Bonn), Cheltenham International Festival of Music, Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival, Schwetzinger Festspiele, York Festival of Contemporary Music, Hilliard Festival of Voices, Zeltsman Marimba Festival, Washington National Cathedral, Glasgow Cathedral, de IJsbreker, Stedelijk Museum of Contemporary Art (Amsterdam), Westminster Choir College, and the Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies in Florence. Il nome del bel fior, which she composed for Singer Pur and the Hilliard Ensemble, has received more than one hundred performances worldwide.

Prof. Metcalf has received awards from the International Association of Women in Music, ASCAP, the American Music Center, Duke University, the MacDowell Colony, and from Copland House, under which she lived and worked in Aaron Copland’s former home near New York City. Her teachers include Scott Lindroth, Stephen Jaffe, and Louis Andriessen, with whom she studied under a Fulbright Fellowship to The Netherlands. She holds a Ph.D. from Duke University and is Associate Professor of Music at Lawrence University Conservatory of Music and Co-chair for Music Composition. Her works are recorded on the Linn Records, Oehms Classics and ECM New Series labels.


Asha Srinivasan
Associate Professor of Music
Director, Electronic Music Studio

As an Indian-American composer, Asha Srinivasan draws from her Western musical training and her Indian heritage to create her compositional language. Her music has been presented at various national and international venues including SEAMUS, ICMC, June in Buffalo, SCI, and the National Flute Convention. She won the Ruam Samai award at the 2011 Thailand International Composition Festival for Dviraag (flute and cello) and she was selected for the 2012 Mizzou New Music Summer Festival, where Svara-lila (chamber orchestra) was premiered by Alarm Will Sound. She has also won national commissioning competitions, including the BMI Foundation's Women's Music Commission and the Flute/Cello Commissioning Circle. Other honors include: multiple ASCAPlus Awards, the Walsum prize for Kalpitha (string quartet), and the Prix d'Eté 2nd prize for Alone, Dancing (flute and electronics). Her works have been recorded on Ablaze Records, Beauport Classical, and Mark Records. Her studies include: D.M.A. in Composition at University of Maryland, College Park; M.Mus. in Computer Music Composition and Music Theory Pedagogy at the Peabody Conservatory, and B.A. at Goucher College.


Andrew Seager Cole
Visting Assistant Professor of Music

Andrew Seager Cole is a composer and media artist. His work explores the intersection of eco-acoustics, noise, and technology, and he regularly collaborates with artists, filmmakers, and choreographers. Andrew's music has been presented at festivals such as June in Buffalo, SoundSCAPE, SEAMUS, and the International Computer Music Conference. His compositions have been recorded on the OCD Media, Vox Novus, and Music from SEAMUS CD Series labels. Awards include a 2013 Fulbright Fellowship to New Zealand, a Lilburn Trust Student Composition Award, First place in the 2008 National Association of Composers USA Young Composer's Competition, the 2006 Prix d'Ete Competition, and the Robert Hall Lewis and Otto Ortman Awards. Andrew holds degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Peabody Conservatory, and Goucher College, and a graduate diploma in music from the New Zealand School of Music.


Benjamin J M Klein
Lecturer in Music

Benjamin J M Klein has presented work as a composer, tubaist, improviser, and installation artist internationally for over a decade. Benjamin has collaborated with numerous artists who focus on developing avant-garde, experimental, and cross-discipline projects including Alvin Lucier, Anthony Braxton, Ron Kuivila, Diane Willow, Han Bennink, the Flux String Quartet, and Butoh dancer Zulu Tsuruyama. Benjamin’s work is frequently heard at conferences, festivals, and concerts in the USA and abroad including the Society of Electro Acoustic Music of the United States Annual Conference, the National Student Electronic Music Event, the Hartford New Music Festival, the University of Cincinnati New Music Festival, the International Society of Improvised Music Annual Conference, and the NOWnow Festival of Improvised Music. In 2005, he was awarded the Thomas J Watson Fellowship, to undertake a year-long project focused on collaboration with various artists in the cities of Amsterdam, London, Sydney, Wellington, Auckland, and Tokyo. Originally from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Benjamin has received degrees in music from Wesleyan University (MA), and Lawrence University (BMus). He is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Minnesota.


Matt Turner
Lecturer in Music
Director, Improvisation Group of Lawrence University

Matt Turner is widely regarded as one of the world's leading improvising cellists. Equally skilled as a pianist, Turner performs in numerous styles and has shared the stage in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia with Cape Breton fiddle sensation Natalie MacMaster, avant-garde musicians Marilyn Crispell, Peter Kowald, Guillermo Gregorio, Scott Fields, and John Butcher, as well as country musician Wanda Vick, singer-songwriter LJ Booth, and jazz musician Bobby McFerrin to name a few. He appears on over 100 recordings on Sketch/Harmonia Mundi, Illusions, Music and Arts, Accurate, Polyvinyl, Cadence Jazz and others, recording with jazz violinist Randy Sabien, goth vocalist/pianist Jo Gabriel, singer/songwriters Mark Croft and Tret Fure, punk artist Kyle Fischer, Kitty Brazelton's chamber rockestra Dadadah, alt-country band Heller Mason, and with the Pointless Orchestra.

Turner completed his undergraduate studies at Lawrence University and his Master of Music degree in Third Stream Studies (now the Contemporary Improvisation program) at the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Dave Holland, Geri Allen and Joe Maneri, and where he was the recipient of a Distinction in Perfomance Award.

As a leader, Turner's recordings appear on Illusions, Stellar, O.O. Discs, Asian Improv, Penumbra, Fever Pitch, Geode, Tautology and Meniscus Records. Turner is a Yamaha Performing Artist and currently performs and records with Bill Carrothers' Armistice 1918 ensemble and with the Fantastic Merlins.

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