Composition Faculty

Eleanor Aversa

Assistant Professor, Composition | 617-747-6714

"Many times, a great musical moment is at once both surprising and inevitable. How do composers achieve this? By learning harmony and counterpoint, a composer knows how musical patterns and tendencies work."

Larry Bell

Professor, Composition | 617-747-6023

"A solid knowledge of the fundamental techniques of hearing, writing, and playing music."

Richard Carrick | 617-747-6123

"I hope students walk away from my classes with a strong sense of their own value and talent, a deeper understanding of the musical traditions and styles of previous composers and artists, and a vision for how they can best use their talents to develop their own musical voice."

Ramon Castillo

Assistant Professor, Composition | 617-747-6024

"When I compose music, I don't think about all the rules I was taught in my classes, but with every single note I have some awareness of why I chose that particular pitch and that particular rhythm."

Orlando Cela

Assistant Professor, Composition | 617-747-6526

"I wish for my students to understand that, in any musical collaboration, they should bring the best out of every person they work with. They must understand that not even a conductor has all the right answers, and that's OK."

Tiffany Chang

Assistant Professor, Composition | 617-747-6439

"Every skill and concept in music is connected. When you absorb ideas like a sponge, that’s what makes that large web clearer and clearer."

Alla Elana Cohen

Associate Professor, Composition | 617-747-8370

"The main thing in teaching composition is to create an atmosphere in which the natural gifts of the students flourish."

Beth Denisch

Professor, Composition
Also affiliated with: Berklee Online (available courses) | 617-747-2809

"Improvisation is a very big part of teaching. When I see that light bulb go off in a student's head, it makes my day."

Tamar Diesendruck

Professor, Composition

"My role is to provide more than encouragement; it is to give students experience with various techniques and concepts because as artists they cannot predict what they will want to communicate." 

Marti Epstein

Professor, Composition
Also affiliated with: Berklee Online (available courses) | 617-747-8167

"You have to develop really good writing skills before the technology will work for you in the way it's supposed to. And live performance, the human element, is so intangible but so necessary and so exciting."

Peyman Farzinpour

Assistant Professor, Composition

"I like my classes and individual lessons to be both rigorous and laid back. It's important for students to learn the material at a high level, yet have fun doing so and not feel overwhelmed. "

Ronny Feldman

Professor, Composition | 617-747-8591

Scott Fessler

Professor, Composition | 617-747-8170

"There's a huge universe of possibilities generated from 12 pitches and a few other concepts. It's kind of mind boggling. I try to bring that enthusiasm with me when I walk in on the first day of classes every semester."

Arnold Friedman

Professor, Composition | 617-747-8185

"I want to open up more possibilities for my students, more doors for their creativity."

Greg Glancey

Assistant Chair, Composition | 617-747-6492

"When we learn how to recognize and comprehend structural elements in music, we can then begin to understand from the inside out how and why a piece of music works, and by extension how it might have been composed, how it might be performed, heard, or even taught."

Derek Hurst

Associate Professor, Composition | 617-747-8733

"The contemplation and appreciation of the behavior of voices and notes in a given context leads to understanding, and understanding leads to appreciation. Both (hopefully) lead to a love and appreciation of all great music, no matter what branch of music my students go into."

Isaiah Jackson

Professor, Composition | 617-747-8841

Alexandros Kalogeras

Professor, Composition | 617-747-8160

"Music has a lot to do with economy: reusing, recycling, giving new faces to older materials. Music is built out of blocks; nothing goes to waste. Everything is coherently and logically organized and related to each other."

Geneviève Leclair

Assistant Professor, Composition | 617-747-2003

"An orchestral performance requires a community of people to communicate and contribute something of themselves in service of their community's inner life."

Dennis Leclaire

Professor, Composition | 617-747-8254

"The most important thing I want for my students is for them to really love this music, because if they love it, then they'll get something out of it."

Rosey Lee

Professor, Composition | 617-747-2847

"Part of the great pleasure of teaching is to share what I know about music and to continue learning about new ideas with my students."

Allen LeVines

Professor, Composition | 617-747-8256

"I have an intense desire to find out about music I do not know, to read books I have not read, to discover places I have not been."

Panagiotis Liaropoulos

Assistant Professor, Composition

"I try to inspire in the minds of the students the creative approach, not just the approach of the performer who has to deal with a set of notes."

Andrew List

Professor, Composition | 617-747-8177

"Music is an aural tradition. I encourage my students to listen carefully and develop their own reactions to, and ideas about, the music we listen to."