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aspen composers' conference

Past Conference Presentations



Cheng, Anruo, Data from Non-Musical Material as Spectral Compositional Resources, As Utilized in the Orchestral Work, 'Hello Universe'

Forshee, Jon, Apocalyptic Time and the Time of APOKATASTASIS: Musical Flow as Form in a New Electroacoustic Composition for Chamber Ensemble

Kennedy, Matthew, Miniatures for One: Modular and Didactic Possibilities in the Wake of Social Distancing

Marlow, Eugene, Jazz in China: The Book and the Video

Br. Michael Reyes, The Analyses of the Compositional Materials and Techniques of Mario Davidovsky's 'Salvos'

Strobel, Robert, Building Emotionally Resilient Composers

Synhaivsky, Natalie, Translation Theory


Rachmaninoff                                 Sonata No.2 in b minor (1913)

                                                                Non allegro

Strobel, Robert                               Universe 25

Forshee, Jon                                   Rhapsode of the Meskousing Woods



Diazgranados Berenguer, Santiago, Reverse Engineering Genetic Algorithms to Understand the Creative Process

Kolar, Paul, Composition and the Influence of the Fab Four

Strobel, Robert, The Behavioral Sink of Composition and Theory

Vanderburg, Kyle, Battling the Novelty of Creation and Other Thoughts

Synhaivsky, Natalie, Patron v. Profit Margin: The Wiener Werkstätte (1903-1932)


Strobel, Robert                               Open Lands of the Sun 

                                                             Them Cattle (prelude)

                                                             Prairie Dreams (fugue)

Vanderburg, Kyle                           Reverie of Solitude 

Synhaivsky, Natalie                        Prelude and fugue in Ab Major 



Baxter, John, 'That Sounds Like Film Music: How Does Music Tell Stories?'

Golembiowski, Jaroslaw, 'Seven Studies for 21st Century Pianist'

MacDonald, David, 'Writing Music For, Rather Than Against, the Technological Limits of Social Distancing'

Strobel, Robert, 'The Dangers of Excessive Conceptuality in Theory and Composition'

Vanderburg, Kyle, 'The Wonderful Mess of Musical Creativity'

Synhaivsky, Natalie, 'Robert Musil and Maurice Ravel'

Recital 1

Baxter, John

Golembiowski, Jaroslaw.

MacDonald, David

Strobel, Robert

Vanderburg, Kyle 

Missing Memories

Study op.83 no.3

Music for Social Distancing

Coronavirus Preludes

Tape Piece

Recital 2

Natalie Synhaivsky, pianist




f minor Prelude and Fugue


La maja y el ruiseñor

Ravel Gaspard de la nuit



Choi, Da Jeong, "My Musical Language in Worship Cantata, Yeshua, Kadosh Kadosh Kadosh (Jesus, Holy Holy Holy)

Hindman, Dorothy, "Apology or Apologia: The Effects of Call-Out Culture on Composition and Creativity"

Hughes, Chad, "Using Popular Music and Culture to Teach Theory, Form and Composition in Music"

Stoughton, Zachariah, "Cycles of Homogeneity and the Business of Music"

Strobel, Robert, "The Art of Submitting Compositions Online"

Vanderburg, Kyle, "Inspiration/Perspiration: Creating a Map of the Music Composition Creative Process"

Synhaivsky, Natalie, "Chernobyl Strawberries : Becoming a Poet in the 21st Century"



Sonata (1941)


For Aaron Copland (1981)

Hindman, Dorothy

Forward Looking Back

The Steinway Preludes

Stoughton, Zachariah

Music for Digital Harmonium (2019)

Strobel, Robert

Leaving Her Fanfare

Vanderburg, Kyle

Creatures from the Black Bassoon

Synhaivsky, Natalie

Prelude and fugue in b minor



Carpenter, Keith, "The Cardew Principle: Compositional Process as Political Theater"

Golembiowski, Jaroslaw, "Emigrant's Composer Choices and Sacrifices"

Knable, Sunny "East Meets West: Knable's 36 Views of Mount Fuji

Lin, Pin Hsin, "Western Composers and the East-West Hybrid: Gustav Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde (1908-1909)

Strobel, Robert, "The Musorgsky Effect in the Modern World"

Synhaivsky, Natalie, "Mozart and Danzi: Prototype or Plagiarism?"



36 Views of Mount Fuji


Lullaby for a Lost Sister

Exuberance and Joyful Cogitations


Toccata and Fugue



Corral, Daniel, "Bending Light: About Refractions"

Marlow, Eugene, "How the Germans, Directly and Indirectly, Helped to Bring Jazz to China"

Willis, Mickie, "Canticles Derived from the Fragmentary Remains of the Journals of Commander Nemo Oz"

Yee, Thomas, "When Music Speaks: A Communicative Model of Musical Meaning"

Synhaivsky, Natalie, "Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk"


Bach, Johann Sebastian

Italian Concerto -- Presto

Corral, Daniel


Marlow, Eugene

Ballad for my Sweetness



Ewen, Hunter Porterfield (USA), "Music Visualization, Subtext, and Audience Retention"

Garcia, C J (USA), "Das Neue Gesamtkunstwerk: Algorithmic Composition for Music, Poetry, Art"

Marlow, Eugene (USA), "The Musical Icons of Marc Chagall"

Sammons, Lanier (USA), "Composing for Audience: Approaches to Writing Audience Interactive Music"

Schmich Kinney, Jasper (USA), "Pitch as Rhythm: Psychoacoustics and Its Formal Implications"

Synhaivsky, Natalie (USA), "Schönberg and Kandinsky"


Ewen, Hunter Porterfield

 LEDpaint [audio-visual installation]

Marlow, Eugene

Twilight for Daniel


Klavierstück Op.33a

Sechs Kleine Klavierstücke Op.19

Schmich Kinney, Jasper

'immediate composition' for dulcimer and live electronics



Batchelor, David (USA), "Gestalt Principles in Ligeti's Piano Etude Désordre "

Clark, Yan Pang (China), "China Meets the West: The Musical Life of Ming-zhu Song"

Sleeper, Thomas (USA), "The Legacy of Henry Brant: Practical and Efficient Orchestration"

Tolley, Shawn Patrick (USA), "Building a New Audience for New Music or Letting Kids Play with Electricity"

Synhaivsky, Natalie (USA), "A Summary of Repurposing Melodies in Popular Music"


Batchelor, David

The Lord is My Shepherd


Senses of Sichuan Opera

Tolley, Shawn Patrick

Meditation in the Rain Garden

Synhaivsky, Natalie

Prelude and fugue in d minor



Castilla-Avila, Agustin (Spain), "Microtonality on the Guitar"

Pellerite, James (USA), "Native American Flute: Beyond the Five Tones"

Santoro, Filippo (USA), "'Cleave' and the Idea of Modularity in Music"

Steinberg, Russell (USA), "Music and the End of Time"

Suchy, Karel (USA), "Sound of Shape, Shape of Sound: Dimensional Music Composition"

Synhaivsky, Natalie (USA), "The State of Music on the Eve of WWI"


Heins Selections from 'Legends'

Yeagley Selections from 'Awakening'

Friendly Prelude to Silence: In Memorium David Yeagley

Prokofiev Allegro ma non troppo from Sonata #2 in d minor, op.14 (1913)

Snyder Selections from 'Timescapes'

Suchy, Karel Selections from 'Vitruvian Impressions'

Steinberg, Russell Selections from 'Beach Pebbles'

Synhaivsky, Natalie Prelude in F Major



David, James (USA), "Dynamic Range Compression, Multi-track Recording, Spectralism and Postmodern Orchestration: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the 'Wall of Sound'"

Eames, Alexandra (USA), "What's in a Name: Constructing Melody"

Keebaugh, Ryan (USA), "Open Stillness: Uncertainty is Liberation"

Lupis, Giuseppe (USA), "The Out of Whack Clavier"

Marlow, Eugene (USA), "Morphing Hebraic Liturgical Melodies into Various Jazz, Afro-Caribbean and Brazilian Styles"

Zhang, Kevin (USA), "A Discursive Dialogue: Mediation, Lineage and Relationship in the Compositional Process"

Synhaivsky, Natalie (USA), "What the Swiss Think about Richard Wagner"


Bach Prelude and fugue in bb minor

Schumann Norse Song, op.68 no.1

Eames, Alexandra Sweet Doggie Suite

Schubert Klavierstück in Eb Major, D.946

Synhaivsky, Natalie Cinquante petits morceaux

Lupis, Giuseppe Variations on 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star'

Marlow, Eugene Improvisation on 'Beatrice'



Armenta, Joshua (USA), "Hearing in Color, Thinking in Sound - A Different State of Mind"

Brooks, Earl Holmes (USA), "A Rhetorical Analysis of John Coltrane's A Love Supreme: A Discussion of Epistemology, Rhetoric and Literature in Relation to Composition"

Brown, Timothy (USA), "Defense de savoir: A Companion Piece for the Centennial of Schoenberg's Pierrot lunaire"

Hughes, Chad (USA), "The Inconsistencies of Score Order in Band Music"

Kolm, Jonathan (USA), "Earth After: Climate Change, Peak Oil and Music Composition"

Romig, James (USA), "Allometric Preludes for Piano"

Synhaivsky, Natalie (USA), "Marcel Proust and Emotion-Based Musical Analysis" 


Kolm, Jonathan Four Hand Piano Suite

Romig, James Allometric Preludes

Synhaivsky, Natalie Third Piano Concerto



Alford-Fowler, Julia (USA), "Sofia Gubaidulina's Sieben Wörte: A Theological Interpretation"

Clearfield, Andrea (USA), "Documentation of Indigenous Tibetan Music in the Restricted, Remote Himalayan Region of Lo Monthang, Nepal"

Goldberg, Anne (USA), "Dancing through Space and Time: the Creative Process of Movement, Music, and Multimedia"

Newton, Joshua (USA), "The Beethoven Aesthetic: How Analysis Betrays the Philosophy"

Reed, Timothy (USA), "Planes of Discourse in Fixed Media Electroacoustic Music: A Comparative Exploration of Analytical Approaches"

Saunders, Matthew (USA), "Quintuplous Meter: Notations and Applications"

Southard, Keane (USA), "The Use of Variation Form in Frederic Rzewski?s The People United Will Never Be Defeated!"

Vlasak, Brian (USA), "Artistic and Cultural Relevance: A Kandinskiian Dichotomy"

Willis, Mickie (USA), "Tools and Techniques Used in the Composition and Recording of Corpora Nebulae"

Synhaivsky, Natalie (USA), "Was Shostakovich a Formalist?"


Saunders, Matthew Twenty Views of the Trombone

Synhaivsky, Natalie Cinq Scenes of Summer

Rzewski Down by the Riverside

Goldberg, Anne Speak (2011)

Alford-Fowler, Julia Construction' for Viola and Piano



Edlinger, Tyler (Canada), "The Meanings, Uses, and Implications of the Word 'Baby' as a Tool in the Songwriter's and Composer's Arsenal"

Choi, Da Jeong (USA), "My Musical Language and Compositional Techniques"

Goldberg, Barbara (USA), "Teaching Piano Composition from Elementary to Advanced"

Hope, Garrett (USA), "Unbounded Opus: Creative Commons and the Composer"

Jacobs, Amanda (USA), "Translating Jane Austen: Finding the Voice of Elizabeth Bennet"

Kim, Johann (South Korea), "The Bell Harmony: A New Harmonic World between Tonal and Atonal Space"

Lin, Pin Hsin (Taiwan), "Chen Yi's Unique Manipulation of Pitch Materials in Symphony No. 2"

Portelli, Daniel (Australia), "Walking with Water: The Processes and Collaborations behind a Cross-Cultural, Multi-Disciplinary Arts Project"

Reid, Clement (USA), "Approaches to Compositional Teaching"

Synhaivsky, Natalie (USA), "Anton Rubinstein: Music Educator"


Baliozov Rhapsodic Improvisation I for solo cello (1971); Rhapsodic Improvisation II for solo cello (1979)

Choi, Da Jeong Cantus Curatio II

Goldberg, Barbara

Kim Johann The Peace of the Lord' from '12 Holy Bell Sounds

Jacobs, Amanda When I Fall in Love

Reid, Clement Selections from 'Explorations'

Synhaivsky, Natalie Variations in Memoriam Ivan Karabytz 



van Biemen, Marc Daniel (Netherlands),"Lachrymae by Eli Tamar"

Johnson, Donivan (USA), "Beauty Provoked: The Solo Piano Music of Helmut Lachenmann"

Leiter, Cherise (USA), "Love Letters from a War: Creating Song Texts from a Non-Literary Source"

Maurer, George (USA), "For the Sake of a Single Poem: The Poetry of R.M. Rilke Related to Jazz Composition"

McLoskey, Lansing (USA), "'Can You See the Music?' The Relationship Between Aural and Visual Art"

Perez, Edwardo (USA), "Creating Opera: Writing Words and Music"

Sigman, Alex (UK), "The Cycle of Compositional Category: Properties and Approaches"

Willis, Mickie (USA), "In the City: A Piano Cycle for Four Pianos"

Synhaivsky, Natalie (USA), "Petrarch, Music, and the New Humanism"


Tamar, Eli Lachrymae

McLoskey, Lansing blur

Johnson, Donivan Meditation I; Kinderstück nach Webern: Laughing Man

Perez, Edwardo Eukaryote 2N=46

Liszt Sonetto 47 del Petrarca

Leiter, Cherise Love Letters from a War



Brown, Timothy (USA), "Art Songs: Writing for the Voice"

Elerding, Carolyn (USA), "Applying Cognitive Process Theory to Music Composition"

Fong, Adam (USA), "Link Study 3"

Gabriel, Todd (USA), "The Principle of Causation: Tools of Engagement in the Music of Todd Gabriel"

Marlow, Eugene (USA), "Two Conventions: One a Microcosm of the Other"

Rentowski, Wieslaw (USA), "Music for String Instruments by W. V. Rentowski"

Smith, Andrew (USA), "The Machine"

Tamar, Eli (USA), "Musical Exploration of Rainer Maria Rilke"

White, John (USA), "The Divine Image"

10th Anniversary Recital

Diehl, Paula Phases

Kershner, Brian Aftermath

Richardson, Dana Für Hannah

Smith, Andrew Vitesse

Synhaivsky, Natalie Preludes and Fugues of Dmitri Shostakovich


Dangerfield, Joseph (USA), "Influence: The Real Anxiety"

Decker, Brad (USA), "Preserving the Fragment: The Late Chamber Music of Franco Donatoni"

Fuller, Karen (USA), "The Creative Spark Behind the Composer: Fredrick Kaufman"

Gabriel, Todd (USA), "Creating a Personal Tonal Language: An Analysis of My Piano Sonata, Dysfunctional Harmony"

Golembiowski, Jaroslaw (USA), "Utilizing Elements of Polish Folk Music in Compositions of Jaroslaw Golembiowski and Other Polish School Composers"

Kershner, Brian (USA), "Musical Collaboration with Walt Whitman: About Leaves of Grass"

Malloy, Chris (USA), "Bending Time: A Method of Composing Foreground, Middleground, and Background Durations"

Marlow, Eugene (USA), "Jazz in China, Part II"

Rentowski, Wieslaw (USA), "Organ and Piano Music of W. V. Rentowski"

Richardson, Dana (USA), "Syntonality in Dana Richardson's Andante Amoroso"

Romig, James (USA), "Nests of Proportion, Webs of Reference: Thoughts on my Piano Sonata"

Smith, Andrew (USA), "Vitesse for Solo Guitar"

Tamar, Eli (USA), "Polystylism and Transformation of Style in Alfred Schnittke's Viola Concerto"

Vollinger, William (USA), "What to Say and How to Say It: Finding My Own Voice in Composition"

Wanna, Steve (USA), "Tracing the Moment"

Walker, Robert (USA), "Fartein Valen's Fugal Alembic"


Christiansen, Larry (USA), "Composing an Opera"

Fine, Marshall (USA), "The Future of Sonata Form"

Lucania, John (USA), "My Life as an Artist: Mass without Words #4 for Brass Quintet" (taped presentation)

Walker, Robert (USA), "Apropos Voluntaries"

Synhaivsky, Natalie (USA), "Syringa by Elliott Carter, Part I: The Text"


Hanna, Trent (USA), "Concerto for Piano and Orchestra"

Marlow, Eugene (USA), "Jazz in China"

White, John (USA), "The Canonical Hours"

Willis, Mickie (USA), "The Flattening Historical Perspective Caused by the Advent of Sound Recording: A Unique Twentieth-Century Phenomenon"

Synhaivsky, Natalie (USA), "Time and Meter in Latin Elegiac Poetry"


Kennedy, John M (USA), "Classical Guitar in Modern Music: Crumb's Mundus canis, Bassett's Temperaments, and Kennedy's Aurora"

Pieslak, Jonathan (USA), "Conditions of Music Composition: The Crisis of Self-Identity"

Wickman, Ethan (USA), "Cultural Reconstruction and the Crisis of Conquest: Plotting the Parallels of Vanguardia, Democracy, and Nationalism in Spain's Generation of '51"

Synhaivsky, Natalie (USA), "William Schuman's Republic"

Walker, Robert (USA), "Two Norwegian Moderns: Harald Saeverud and Fartein Valen"


Bayolo, Armando (USA), "Towards Golgotha"

Boyadjian, Hayg (USA), "The Role of the Composer in Different Cultures"

                                  "Composing Sevan for the Native American Flute"

Diehl, Paula (USA), "Separation Music: Varieties of Improvisation"

Golembiowski, Jaroslaw (USA), "The Piano Music of Jaroslaw Golembiowski"

Mauldin, Michael (USA), "Dreams of the Child of Light for Native American Flute and String Orchestra"

Walcott, Penelope (Canada), "Zen and the Art of Making Music: The Piano Music of Alexina Louie"

Synhaivsky, Natalie (USA), "Mozart and Catullus"

Walker, Robert (USA), "Two New Works for Piano: Fugue No.2, Albumblatt"


Diehl, Paula (USA), "Separation Theory Concerns Interlocking Fourths which Gradually Separate from Each Other as the Music Unfolds"

Fitts, Charles (USA), "Influence of Scientific Discovery on Musical Structures and Styles"

Ruo, Huang (China), "New Music from China (1976-present)"

Synhaivsky, Natalie (USA), "Franz Liszt, Marie d'Agoult, George Sand and the Aesthetic of Emotion"

Walker, Robert (USA), "Todd Gabriel: String Quartet #2, A Study in Momentum"

"Robert Walker: Concerto for Native American Flute"


Clearfield, Andrea (USA), "Women of Valor"

Cody, Judith (USA), "Composing: Creative Explosions in Youth and Old Age"

Everett, Steve (USA), "The Value of Music in the Digital Age"

Iznaola, Ricardo (USA), "Tiempo Muerto: Nostalgia and the Aesthetics of Nationalism"

Pellerite, James (USA), "The Native American Flute in Contemporary Chamber Music"

Rudy, Paul (USA), "Metaphoric Transmutations from a Paradoxical Instrument, or, What is a Cactus doing in our Concert Hall?"

White, John (USA), "Composing Choral Music"

Synhaivsky, Natalie (USA), "Peter Dronke and the Medieval Lyric"


Madlener, Jörg (Belgium), "Pierre Boulez, Vision and Pragmatism: The Exact Engagement"

Pellerite, James (USA), "Playing the Flute of Many Languages"

Walker, Robert (USA), "Fugue for Piano"

Yeagley, David (USA), "The New Tonality II"

Synhaivsky, Natalie (USA), "Guillaume de Machaut/ Le livre dou Voir Dit (1362-65)"


Cáceres, German (El Salvador),"Contemporary Music from El Salvador"

Pellerite, James (USA),"Native American Flute Meets Classical"

Walker, Robert (USA), "About Inventions"

Yeagley, David (USA), "A New Theory of Tonal Organization and Harmony"

Synhaivsky, Natalie (USA), "Literary Symbolism in Janácek's Second String Quartet"