The works of our composition faculty can be heard throughout the world.

On campus, there is a constant flow of new music from faculty and student composers, performed by our faculty and student artists, as well as ensembles and studios dedicated to the creation and performance of new music.

Our composers focus on:

  • Contemporary music composition that involves close collaboration with performing musicians and ensembles
  • Electronic music studios, and full engagement in the digital arts
  • Collaborative opportunities with programs outside the School of Music, including Dance, Theatre, Film, Literature and Engineering.

Works by our faculty

String Music CD cover

String Music

(2019) Albany Records

David Gompper, with Réne Lecuona and Volkan Orhon and Wolfgang David and Hannah Holman

David Gompper Sunburst CD cover

Double Concerto "Dialogue" / Clarinet Concerto / "Sunburst"

(2019) Naxos Classical

David Gompper and Wolfgang David, Timothy Gill, Michael Norsworth, and Emmanuel Siffert conducting the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

CD Cover- Traceur

Traceur, American Music for clarinet and piano

(2016) New Focus Recordings

David Gompper and Michael Norsworthy, clarinet

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Brazilian Dreams


Michael Eckert and Amanda McCandless, clarinet; Polina Khatsko; Unison piano duo


Gompper: Violin Concerto

(2011) Naxos American

David Gompper and Emmanuel Siffert, conductor; Wolfgang David, violin; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Composition faculty

Portrait of Jean-François Charles

Jean-François Charles

Composition, Digital Arts
Associate Professor
Composition/Music Theory Area Head
Portrait of David Gompper

David Gompper

Director of Center for New Music
Interim Director of Orchestras
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Sam Young

Assistant Professor of Instruction