Programs: Composition & Theory

Vartan Aghababian

Composition studies with William Bolcom, Leslie Bassett, James Hartway, Eric Sawyer, Theodor Antoniou, and Sam Headrick. Dr. Aghababian was a film music editor with Triad Music at Warner Brothers Studios (Burbank, CA) and has scored several documentary films while continuing to compose on commission. His music is performed throughout New England, across the United States, […]

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Martin Amlin

Composer and pianist Martin Amlin has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tanglewood Music Center, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, the St. Botolph Club Foundation, and the Massachusetts Council for the Arts. He was a recipient of an ASCAP Grant to Young Composers and has received numerous ASCAP […]

Deborah Burton

Deborah Burton is currently Associate Professor of Music at Boston University. Her research concerns opera analysis, counterpoint, and the history of music theory, emphasizing Italian sources.  She has taught at Harvard University; University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Florida International University, Fordham, University of Michigan and Adrian College. In Spring 2016, she was a Visiting Professor at […]

Justin D. Casinghino

Justin Casinghino is a lecturer in the departments of composition and theory at Boston University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is the Associate Director of the Young Artists’ Composition Program at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute. Casinghino composes in a variety of genres, striving to create works that are lyrical, rich in harmony […]

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Richard Cornell

Richard Cornell works in a range of symphonic and chamber music forms, as well as computer-mediated sound art. He has awards from the Fromm Music Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the New England Foundation for the Arts. The chamber orchestra A Far Cry, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Boston Musica Viva, […]

Joshua Fineberg

American composer Joshua FINEBERG began his musical studies at the age of five; they have included – in addition to composition – violin, guitar, piano, harpsichord and conducting. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Peabody Conservatory with Morris Moshe Cotel where he won first prize in the bi-annual Virginia Carty de Lillo Composition Competition. In 1991, he moved […]

Samuel Headrick

Dr. Headrick received his BM and MM in Composition from the University of North Texas before earning his PhD in Composition at the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Samuel Adler, Warren Benson, and Joseph Schwantner. Other studies include Horn with Roland Pandolfi, Guitar with Alan Rosenkoetter, and Computer Music at MIT with […]

David Kopp

David Kopp is Associate Professor in the Department of Composition and Theory and head of the graduate music theory program at the Boston University School of Music. His research interests include chromaticism, systems of harmony, Neo-Riemannan theory, 20th- and 21st-century music, history of theory, and performance and analysis. He is the author of Chromatic Transformations […]

Mary Montgomery Koppel

Mary Montgomery Koppel is a highly sought-after composer of choral, vocal, chamber, and orchestral works. Praised for her “luxuriant choral writing” and “myriad coloristic sonorities,” she writes in a compositional language that is both richly complex and contrapuntally refined, while remaining both aurally accessible and challenging. Recent commissions include Stabat Mater Speciosa, written for the Harvard University […]

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Rodney Lister

Rodney Lister received his early musical training at the Blair School of Music in Nashville, Tennessee. He was a student at the New England Conservatory of Music (Bachelor of Music degree, with honors) and at Brandeis University (Master of Fine Arts and Ph. D. degrees) from 1975 to 1977. In between his stay at those […]