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
Assistant 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.


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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