Lawrence graduates in theory/composition go on to become composers, arrangers, scholars, and educators. Distinguished alumni/ae include Fred Lerdahl, Fritz Reiner Professor of Music Composition at Columbia University, and Janet Schmalfeldt, Professor of Music at Tufts University.
Our graduates also include:
• Daniel Miller, '13, received the prestigious Watson Fellowship in order to explore natural soundscapes and computer music in various countries around the world, including Japan, Australia, Ecuador, and Iceland. As a Lawrence student, Daniel composed works for the electroacoustic medium as well as large ensemble and spent a year in a study abroad program at the Conservatorium van Amsterdum.
• Lawton Hall, '10 is working as a freelance composer, forging new opportunities for his sound intallations and collaborations with professional performers. His work has been extensively performed and recorded by soloists Trevor Saint and Steve Darling. His recent installation work, Cyclic Histories, using digitally controlled slide projects was exhibited at Sensorium gallery in Milwaukee, WI. In January 2013, Lawton released an album of newly-created electroacoustic music title Spirits of the Age. During his studies at Lawrence, Lawton did an internship at the Deep Listening Institute working with composer Pauline Oliveros to edit her book Sounding the Margins published in 2011.
• David Werfelmann, '06 received his M.Mus. from Indiana University and is pursuing his Ph.D. at University of Southern California.
• Kris Shaffer, '02, received his Ph. D. in music theory at Yale University in 2011 and was an Assistant Professor of Music at Charleston Southern University. He is currently Instructor of Music Theory at University of Colorado Boulder
• Stephen Rodgers, '98, was awarded a prestigious Mellon Fellowship to pursue the Ph.D. in Music Theory at Yale University, where he completed his dissertation on a study of the metaphorical relationship between musical form and literary program in the music of Berlioz. At Lawrence, Steve completed a double major in Music and English; during his senior year, he was invited to read his paper "'This Body that Beats:' Roland Barthes on Robert Schumann's Kreisleriana" at the annual meeting of Music Theory Midwest held at the University of Louisville. He is currently Associate Professor of Music Theory at the University of Oregon.
• Brooke Joyce, '95, received the M.Mus. degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Ph.D. in composition at Princeton University. At Lawrence, Brooke's senior thesis for the B.Mus. degree was an opera composed to a libretto by Professor Fred Gaines of the Department of Theatre and Drama. He is currently Associate Professor of Music and Composer-in-residence at Luther College.
• Jason Hoogerhyde, '91, completed the M.Mus. in Composition at Boston University, where he studied with Lukas Foss, and the D.M.A. in Composition at the College-Conservatory of Music of the University of Cincinnati, where his principal teacher was Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon. From 1999-2004, Jason served his alma mater as a lecturer in Music Theory and Composition. He is currently Associate Professor of Music at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas.