2017-2018 Comp Department

CU Boulder Composition Department

Top row (left to right): Carter Pann, Hsing-ay Hsu, Jeffery Nycht, John Drumheller, Michael Theodore, Dan Kellogg.
Middle row: - Elena Specht, Clay Allen, Conor Brown, John Boggs, Max Wolpert, Sean Winters.
Bottom row: Danielle Griner, Dianna Link, Selena Wellington, Maggie Friesen, Chase Church , Brian Lambert, Nicole Schneckenburger, Jack Gaffney, Drake Rutherford.

Current Students

Undergraduates

Aidan Cook

Degree pursuing: BM Composition and Double Bass – Senior
Hometown: Boulder, CO
Musical influences and interests: Noise music, progressive metal, Japanese tea ceremony, trees, Mahler.
Instrument(s): Bass, shakuhachi
Favorite thing to do in Boulder: things in Boulder…..

Margaret Friesen

Degrees Pursuing: BME - choral, BM Composition - Freshman
Hometown: Aurora, CO
Musical influences and interests: Kate Soper, Ēriks Ešenvalds, Debussy, Chausson, and musical theatre
Instrument: Voice
Favorite things to do in Boulder: eat, make good music

Jack Gaffney

Degree pursuing:   BM Composition - Sophomore
Hometown: Boulder, CO
Musical influences and interests: Rock, Blues, Classical (*minimalism,) pop, jazz
Instrument(s): Piano and voice
Favorite thing to do in Boulder: Hike

Danielle Griner

Degree pursuing:   BM Composition and Double Bass- Sophomore
Hometown: Lakewood, CO
Musical influences and interests: too many to list
Instrument(s): Bass
Favorite thing to do in Boulder: Go Down to Pearl Street

Jordan Holloway

Degree pursuing: BM Composition - Freshman
Hometown: Longmont, CO
Musical influences and interests: Tchaikovsky, Debussy, and Shostakovich
Instruments: Viola and piano
Favorite things to do in Boulder: Hanging out at Pearl Street and hiking

Brian Lambert

Degree pursuing:   BM Composition & Economics– Junior
Hometown: Imperial Palace, Alderaan (Air Force Brat)
Musical influences and interests: Roshanna Etezady, William Allbright, Kriten Kuster, John Adams, Steven Stucky, Radiohead, Bjork, Timothy McAllister
Instrument(s): Saxophone
Favorite thing to do in Boulder: Hiking

Dianna Link

Degree pursuing: BM in Compostion - Freshman
Hometown: Littleton, Colorado
Musical influences and interests: Debussy, Ravel, Copland, Folk music (especially Irish), Mahler, Zimmer, Film Scores, Romantic Era, Tchaikovsky
Instrument(s): Flute and Piccolo
Favorite thing to do in Boulder: Spend time in Nature

Lukas Moldawsky

Degree pursuing:   BM Composition – Sophomore
Hometown: Boulder, CO
Musical influences and interests: Electronic Music
Instrument(s): Guitar
Favorite thing to do in Boulder: Hiking, Exploring

Drake Rutherford

Degree pursuing: BM Composition and Computer Science - Sophomore
Hometown: Golden, CO
Musical influences and interests: Classical (nice and specific, I know,) video games
Instrument(s): Piano, oboe/english horn
Favorite thing to do in Boulder: classes at CU Boulder

Nicole Schneckenburger

Degree pursuing: BM Composition – Junior
Hometown: Golden, CO
Musical influences and interests: Film music, Romantic, Medieval.
Instrument(s): 
Favorite thing to do in Boulder

Selena Wellington

Degree pursuing: BM Composition and BA Psychology – Senior
Hometown: Fort Collins, CO
Musical influences and interests: Crumb, Chopin, Caroline Shaw, Amanda Palmer, storytelling and interdisciplinary projects
Instrument(s): Piano and radio suitcase
Favorite thing to do in Boulder: Blues dance

Graduates

Clay Allen

Degree pursuing: DMA Composition - 2nd year
Hometown: Ruidoso, NM
Musical influences and interests: The music of Kaija Saariaho and Per Nørgård
Instrument(s): Piano
Favorite thing to do in Boulder: Hike

John Boggs

Degree pursuing: DMA Composition - 1st year
Hometown: Akron, OH
Musical influences and interests: Debussy, Ravel, Bartok, Prokofiev, Reich, Corigliano, Saariaho, Radiohead, Meshuggah, Tool
Instrument(s): Voice and piano
Favorite things to do in Boulder: Sing with a cappella group Uomini Vecchi on Pearl Street and nap by the creek.

Conor Abbott Brown

Degree pursuing: MM Composition - 2nd year
Hometown: Boulder, CO
Musical influences and interests: Kardeş Türküler, Meshuggah, Sigor Rōs, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Kryzstof Penderecki, Ivo Papasov, Valentin Clastner
Instrument(s): Clarinet
Favorite thing to do in Boulder: Hike, backpack, snowshoe, sing Georgian folk songs, boulder (in the gym.)

Collin Kemeny

Degree pursuing: MM Composition - 1st year
Hometown: Niagra Falls, NY
Musical influences and interests: Bartok, Ravel, Prokofiev, and Billie Holiday.
Favorite thing to do in Boulder: Hiking

Zachary Patten

Degree pursuing and Degrees Earned: DMA Composition – 3rd year
Hometown: LaGrange, GA
Musical influences and interests: Gerard Grisey, Arvo Pärt, other interests – nutrition, exercise science
Favorite thing to do in Boulder: Explore- I’m new to Colorado

Jim Simmons

Degree pursuing and Degrees Earned: 
DMA Composition – 4th year,
BM Church Music, BME Choral Ed
MM Church Music, MM Music Composition – Baylor University
Hometown: San Antonio, TX
Musical influences and interests: Meshuggah, Arvo Pärt, John Adams, Gorécki, Messiaen, The Contortionist, Ligeti, Johnny Greenwood, so many others
Favorite thing to do in Boulder: Karaoke at the Dark Horse

Elena Specht

Degree pursuing and Degrees Earned: MM Composition – 3rd year
Hometown: Manhasset, NY
Musical influences and interests: Music for wind ensemble + band, Copeland, Ticheli
Favorite thing to do in Boulder: Hiking

Sean Winters

Degree pursuing and Degrees Earned: DMA Composition - 2nd year
MFA Composing for Film, Conservatorium Van Amsterdam; Holland, EU
BFA Integrative Music Studies, Concordia University; Montréal, CA
Hometown: Boulder, CO; USA; Planet Earth; Local Cluster; Multi-Verse
Musical influences and interests:  
Favorite thing to do in Boulder: anything

Max Wolpert

Degree: MM in composition - 1st year
Hometown: Crookston, MN
Musical Influences: Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, Kenji Bunch, Tracy Silverman, Eugene Friesen, Kalevi Aho
Instrument(s): Violin, viola
Favorite thing to do in Boulder: Peruse the Boulder Bookstore for random finds

Sara Corry

Pursuing DMA