2018-19 Composers

CU Boulder Composition Department

Top row (from left): Sean Winters, David Landon, John Drumheller, Michael Theodore, Carter Pann, Jeff Nytch.
Middle row: - Robert Alexander, Jeff Widenhofer, Clay Allen, Hsing-ay Hsu, Max Wolpert, John Boggs, Collin Kemeny.
Bottom row: Chase Church , Dianna Link, Nicole Schneckenburger, Logan Dougherty, Nelson Walker, Jack Gaffney, Maggie Friesen , Brian Lambert, Jordan Holloway, Brian Lambert, Drake Rutherford.

Current Students

Undergraduate Students

Logan Dougherty

Degree pursuing: BM composition - Sophomore
Hometown: Highlands Ranch, CO
Musical influences and interests: Beethoven, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Film Music, Progressive Metal
Instrument: Piano
Favorite things to do in Boulder: Hike, Enjoy nature, Explore the scores at the music library

Margaret Friesen

Degrees Pursuing: BME - choral, BM Composition - Junior
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 - Senior
Hometown: Boulder, CO
Musical influences and interests: Rock, Blues, Classical (*minimalism,) pop, jazz
Instruments: Piano and voice
Favorite thing to do in Boulder: Hike

Isabel Goodwin

Degree pursuing: BM Composition - Freshman
Hometown: Coppell, Texas
Musical influences and interests: Heitor Villa-Lobos, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Alan Menkin, George Gershwin, video game and movie music.
Instrument: Bassoon
Hobbies: Drawing, arranging, sewing

Declan Griner

Degree pursuing:   BM Composition and Double Bass - Junior
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 - Junior
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

Dianna Link

Degree pursuing: BM in Compostion - Junior
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

Drake Rutherford

Degree pursuing: BM Composition and Computer Science - Senior
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

Spencer Stepanek

Degree pursuing: BM in Composition and BS in Aerospace Engineering 
Hometown: Colorado Springs
Musical influnces and interests: Performing and collaborating with family
Instrument: Piano
Hobbies: Astronomy

Nelson Walker

Degree pursuing: BM Composition and BM Cello Performance - sophomore
Musical influences and interests: J.S. Bach, Antonín Dvořák, Steve Reich, Chris Thile, Math Rock
Instruments: Cello and Mandolin
Hometown: Longmont, CO
Favorite thing to do in Boulder: Bike ride along the creek


Graduate Students

Robert Alexander

Degree pursuing: MM Composition - 2nd year
Hometown: Morgan Hill, CA
Instrument: Saxophone
Musical influences and interests: John Adams, Andrew Norman, Steve Reich, Prokofiev, Ravel
Favorite thing to do in Boulder: Hike

John Boggs

Degree pursuing: DMA Composition - 3rd 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.

David Landon

Degree pursuing: DMA Composition - 2nd year
Hometown: Templeton, CA
Musical Influences and Interests: Interactivity, Multimedia, Electronics, Noise, Sound Art

Charles McClung

Degree Pursuing: MM Composition - 1st year
Hometown: Sonora, CA
Instruments: Piano and trumpet
Hobbies: Golf and fish keeping

Ben Morris

Degree Pursuing: DMA Composition - 1st year
Hometown: Chatham, NJ
Instrument: Piano
Musical Influences and Interests: Henri Dutilleux, Joseph Schwantner, Witold Lutoslawski, Olivier Messaien, John Hollenbeck, Stephen Sondheim, Bernard Hermann, Keith Jarrett, Billy Strayhorn
Hobbies: Movies, history, travel, swimming, hiking

Sean Winters

Degree pursuing: DMA Composition - 4th year
Hometown: Boulder, CO; USA; Planet Earth; Local Cluster; Multi-Verse

Jeff Widenhofer

Max Wolpert

Degree: DMA 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