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Maria Grenfell

Associate Professor
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Associate Professor Maria Grenfell grew up in Christchurch, New Zealand, surrounded by opportunities to learn musical instruments through school and Saturday morning classes. She took up the piano and the violin. “You could join one of the many orchestras through the Christchurch School of Music. I just loved it and couldn’t get enough,” she said.

Associate Professor Grenfell’s passion continued into her adult years where she went on to study a Bachelor of Music. In the latter part of her Degree she realised that her long love for music could transition into a successful and fulfilling career as a classical composer.

“I think once I started getting commissions for pieces it made me realise that I could have a career in music and should continue.”

Associate Professor Grenfell has had her orchestral music performed by almost all the professional orchestras in Australia and New Zealand and has also written for chamber orchestras. Highlights include her many commissions from the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO), having a piece recorded by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra at the Opera House and a chamber piece performed at the opening of Disney Hall in Los Angeles.

“I have a very good association with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, as a mentor to student composers as well as working as a composer myself.  The TSO has an amazing elite training program. I help with training initiatives to provide opportunities to composers who are either just starting out in college years 11-12, or more advanced emerging composers from around the country.”

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Associate Professor Grenfell had the opportunity to write a film score for the ABC documentary Quoll Farm, about the Tasmanian Eastern Quoll. “It was so much fun watching the footage and writing music to the antics of these gorgeous little animals,” she said.

Her vibrant career has not come without its trials. Being a female in a traditionally male field, challenging stereotypes is something she continues to do frequently.

“I am currently a co-editor of two ‘in-press’ books with each chapter by a different woman composer writing about their musical practice. My co-editors and I are very excited about the books because it’s so important that women composers are recognised for the work that they do and the music that they write.”

“Some of the chapters are about the inequities in the industry around programming music written by women composers. Fortunately the tide is slowly turning. I am pleased to say that a growing number of Australian music organisations are making great strides in programming music by women and First Nations composers.”

Associate Professor Grenfell says it is important to her to contribute to the Australian repertoire and to demonstrate to emerging composers that they too can be successful.

“I love writing for orchestra and my most memorable moments to date have been taking a bow on the stage with an orchestra behind me.”

Dr Maria Grenfell is a composer and Associate Professor at the Conservatorium of Music.  She completed composition studies in New Zealand and the USA.  She has lived in Hobart since July 1998 and is Coordinator of Composition. In 2013 Maria was a visiting professor teaching for one semester at Stephen F Austin State University, and in 2019 she was Kerr Composer in Residence at the Oberlin Conservatory, Ohio. Maria has won two Australian Art Music Awards, and composed the music for the acclaimed ABC documentary, Quoll Farm (2021). Her orchestral music has been commissioned, performed or recorded by all the major symphony orchestras in Australia, New Zealand, and her chamber music is performed widely.

Biography

Maria Grenfell was born in Malaysia and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand, graduating with a Master of Music degree from the University of Canterbury. She completed further studies in the USA, gaining a Master of Arts from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and a doctorate from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Her teachers have included Stephen Hartke, Erica Muhl, James Hopkins, Morten Lauridsen, Joseph Schwantner and Samuel Adler. Her music has been commissioned, performed, broadcast or recorded by all the major symphony orchestras in Australia and New Zealand, and numerous chamber groups in Australasia and overseas. Maria Grenfell is Coordinator of Composition at the Conservatorium of Music, and is widely sought-after as a teacher and mentor. She was Head of the Conservatorium from 2018-2019, before spending a semester as Kerr Composer in Residence at Oberlin Conservatory, Ohio.  She has also been a visiting professor at Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas. Maria has won two Australian Art Music Awards: in 2013 for her piece Ten Suns Ablaze, commissioned by the Australia Ensemble, and in 2017 for Spirals, commissioned by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Maria served on the Board of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra from 2009-2018, and has been a Peer Assessor with the Australia Council for the Arts. She is represented by the Australian Music Centre, and SouNZ New Zealand.

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeUniversityCountryAwarded
DMAUniversity of Southern CaliforniaUnited States1998
MA Eastman School of MusicUnited States1994
MMusUniversity of CanterburyNew Zealand1992
BMus (Hons)University of CanterburyNew Zealand1991
LTCL Performance Diploma New Zealand1990

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Australian Music Centre (represented composer)
  • SouNZ Centre for New Zealand Music (represented composer)
  • Melbourne Composers’ League
  • Australian Guild of Screen Composers

Committee associations

  • Board of Directors, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
  • Composers' Association of New Zealand
  • Melbourne Composers' League

Administrative expertise

  • Head of Discipline, 2018-2019
  • Graduate Research Co-ordinator since January 2021

Teaching

Teaching expertise

    • Composition
    • orchestration
    • music theory
    • music context
    • aural skills

Teaching responsibility

Maria is responsible for teaching and coordinating the following:

  • Music Skills A (FCG101) (coordinator)
  • Music Skills B (FCG102) (coordinator)
  • Music Materials A (FCP101) (coordinator, lecturer)
  • Music Materials B (FCP102) (coordinator, lecturer)
  • Harmony and Analysis A (FCP201) (coordinator, lecturer)
  • Harmony and Analysis B (FCP202) (coordinator, lecturer)
  • Post-Tonal Techniques (FCP303) (lecturer)

Research Appointments

Peer assessor on the Australia Council for the Arts (2014-2017)

Research Invitations

Maria has collaborated with colleagues in music to compose pieces for soloists and chamber ensembles.

Her music has been commissioned or performed by all the symphony orchestras in Australia and New Zealand.

Alongside two Australian colleagues, she is a co-editor of two books featuring chapters about women composers.

She regularly mentors emerging composers through Australian composer development programs such as the Composing Women program (Sydney Conservatorium), the TSO Australian Composers’ School and other composer development programs.

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Expertise

Maria Grenfell’s practice-based research is in music composition.

She has supervised and examined higher degrees in composition, and co-supervised higher degrees in musicology. She is also co-editor of two books about women composers.

Collaboration

Maria has collaborated with colleagues in music to compose pieces for soloists and chamber ensembles.

Her music has been commissioned or performed by all the symphony orchestras in Australia and New Zealand.

Alongside two Australian colleagues, she is currently co-editing two books featuring chapters about women’s activities in composition.

She regularly mentors emerging composers through Australian composer development programs such as the Composing Women program (Sydney Conservatorium) and the TSO Australian Composers’ School.

Awards

Australian Art Music Awards, 2013 and 2017

Current projects

    • Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fifty Fanfares project
    • Quoll Farm soundtrack
    • ABC Fresh Start grant
    • Claire Edwardes marimba solo
    • Kouvaras, Linda, Natalie Williams, Maria Grenfell eds. A Century of Composition by Women: Music Against the Odds. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021.
    • Kouvaras, Linda, Natalie Williams, Maria Grenfell eds. The Composer, Herself: Contemporary Snapshots of the Creative Process. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021.

Fields of Research

  • Music composition and improvisation (360302)

Research Objectives

  • The performing arts (130104)
  • The creative arts (130103)
  • Arts (130199)

Publications

  • Conversations – Five Songs from the East.  Master Performers CD
  • Hush: The Magic Island – Rock Hopping.  Hush Foundation CD 13.
  • Hush: Collective Wisdom – Knitting Unicorns. Hush Foundation CD 18.
  • Fretsongs – Di Primavera for guitar and marimba, Four Leunig Pieces for solo guitar.  Tall Poppies TP176
  • Spark – A Feather of Blue for piano trio.  HRL Morrison Music Trust, Wellington NZ.
  • Taurangi – Four Pooh Stories for solo flute.  HRL Morrison Music Trust, Wellington NZ.
  • Landscapes – Stealing Tutunui for orchestra.  HRL Morrison Music Trust, Wellington NZ.

Published musical works include orchestral commissions Flinders and Trim, Spirals, Knitting Unicorns, Rock HoppingRoar!, Stealing Tutunui, Night Songs, Alegria, River Mountain Sky, Hinemoa, Tarraleah.

Grenfell, M and Deng, S, “‘Recomposing’ unpublished Chinese folk songs into new Australian compositions for pipa and piano”, Context: A Journal of Music Research, 42 pp. 37-52. ISSN 1038-4006 (2017) [Refereed Article]

Adler, S* and Grenfell, M and Kernis, AJ* and Likhuta, L*, “Political Music, Music Politics: A Discussion Panel”, 39th Annual New Music Festival, 20 October 2018, Bowling Green State University (2018) [Plenary Presentation]

Grenfell, M, “Mentoring Emerging Women Composers”, The Gender Diversity in Music Making Conference, 6-8 July 2018, Monash University (2018) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

Kouvaras, Linda, Natalie Williams, Maria Grenfell eds. A Century of Composition by Women: Music Against the Odds. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021. (In Press)

Kouvaras, Linda, Natalie Williams, Maria Grenfell eds. The Composer, Herself: Contemporary Snapshots of the Creative Process. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021. (In Press)

Total publications

106

Highlighted publications

(23 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2018Conference PublicationAdler S, Grenfell M, Kernis AJ, Likhuta L, 'Political Music, Music Politics: A Discussion Panel', 39th Annual New Music Festival, 20 October 2018, Bowling Green State University (2018) [Plenary Presentation]

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2018Major Creative WorkDeng S, Grenfell M, 'Choro', ABC Classic FM, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Studio, 10 September 2018 (2018) [Broadcast]

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2018Major Creative WorkGrenfell M, 'Knitting Unicorns', Hush, Performance at City Recital Hall, Sydney, 18 (2018) [Recorded Creative Work]

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2018Conference PublicationGrenfell M, 'Mentoring Emerging Women Composers', The Gender Diversity in Music Making Conference, 6-8 July 2018, Monash University (2018) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2018Conference PublicationGrenfell M, 'Maria Grenfell, composer', July 2018, School of Music, University of Auckland (2018) [Plenary Presentation]

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2017Major Creative WorkGrenfell M, 'Spirals', Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Australian Music Centre, Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, Tasmania, 1, pp. 61 (2017) [Published Creative Work]

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2017Major Creative WorkGrenfell M, 'Desert Rain', ABC, Premiere in Hobart Town Hall, 28 October 2018 (2017) [Recorded Creative Work]

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2017Journal ArticleGrenfell M, Deng S, ' Recomposing' unpublished Chinese folk songs into new Australian compositions for pipa and piano', Context: A Journal of Music Research, 42 pp. 37-52. ISSN 1038-4006 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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2015Major Creative WorkGrenfell M, 'Voyage', Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre, 31 Sturt Street, Southbank VIC 3006, 1, pp. 24 (2015) [Recorded Creative Work]

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2015Conference PublicationGrenfell M, ''Re-Composing' Unpublished Chinese Folk Songs into New Australian Compositions For Pipa And Piano', Asian Composers' League Conference and Festival, 6-11 November, Manilla (2015) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2015Major Creative WorkGrenfell M, 'Time Transfixed', Reed Music, Cole Concert Hall, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, USAS, 1 (2015) [Repeat Performance]

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2015Other Creative WorkGrenfell M, 'To the thing I wish I'd written', Penguin Books, Australia, pp. 4 (2015) [Minor Creative Work]

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2014Major Creative WorkGrenfell M, 'These dark notes drifting', Australian Music Centre, Christiansen Recital Hall, Hvidsen Hall of Music, Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, USA, http://www.australianmusiccentre.com.au/workversion/grenfell-maria-these-dark-notes-drifting/24672, pp. 20 (2014) [Repeat Performance]

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2014Major Creative WorkGrenfell M, 'Choro', Australian Music Centre, Tianjing Concert Hall, China, 1, pp. 13 (2014) [Published Creative Work]

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2013Major Creative WorkGrenfell M, 'Five Songs from the East', Master Performers, Conservatorium of Music, 5 Sandy Bay, Hobart, TAS 7001, 028 (2013) [Recorded Creative Work]

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2013Major Creative WorkGrenfell M, 'Rock Hopping', Hush Foundation, Hobart, Tasmania, 13 (2013) [Recorded Creative Work]

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2013Other Public OutputGrenfell M, 'Ten Suns Ablaze', Tasmanian State Award 'Work of the Year: Instrumental', Australian Art Music Awards, Australia (2013) [Award]

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2013Major Creative WorkGrenfell M, 'A Feather of Blue', Self, Cole Concert Hall, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, USAS, pp. 9 (2013) [Repeat Performance]

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2005Other Creative WorkGrenfell M, 'Four Pooh Stories for solo flute', HRL Morrison Music Trust, Wellington, pp. 1 (2005) [Minor Creative Work]

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2005Major Creative WorkGrenfell M, 'Four Leunig Pieces', Tall Poppies Records, Sydney, Sydney, Recorded by guitarist David Malone (2005) [Recorded Creative Work]

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2005Major Creative WorkGrenfell M, 'Di Primavera ', Tall Poppies Records, Sydney, Sydney, David Malone classical guitar, Gary Wain, marimba (2005) [Recorded Creative Work]

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1999Major Creative WorkGrenfell M, ''A Pinch of Time' Burning Bright', Wellington, New Zealand (1999) [Recorded Creative Work]

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1998Major Creative WorkGrenfell M, 'Four Pooh Stories', The Centre for New Zealand Music, New Zealand, pp. 1 (1998) [Recorded Creative Work]

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Journal Article

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Grenfell M, Deng S, ' Recomposing' unpublished Chinese folk songs into new Australian compositions for pipa and piano', Context: A Journal of Music Research, 42 pp. 37-52. ISSN 1038-4006 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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2005Grenfell M, 'Far from a Madding Crowd', Sounds Australian, 1, (66) pp. 21-22. ISSN 1030-4908 (2005) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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Book

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2021Kouvaras L, Grenfell M, Williams N, 'A Century of Composition by Women: Music Against the Odds', Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK (In Press) [Edited Book]

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Chapter in Book

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2021Grenfell M, 'Mentoring Emerging Women Composers', A Century of Women's Composition: Against the Odds, Palgrave Macmillan, L Kouvaras, M Grenfell and N Williams (ed), London, UK ISBN 978-3-16-148410-0 (In Press) [Research Book Chapter]

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Conference Publication

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2018Adler S, Grenfell M, Kernis AJ, Likhuta L, 'Political Music, Music Politics: A Discussion Panel', 39th Annual New Music Festival, 20 October 2018, Bowling Green State University (2018) [Plenary Presentation]

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2018Grenfell M, 'Mentoring Emerging Women Composers', The Gender Diversity in Music Making Conference, 6-8 July 2018, Monash University (2018) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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2018Grenfell M, 'Maria Grenfell, composer', July 2018, School of Music, University of Auckland (2018) [Plenary Presentation]

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2015Grenfell M, ''Re-Composing' Unpublished Chinese Folk Songs into New Australian Compositions For Pipa And Piano', Asian Composers' League Conference and Festival, 6-11 November, Manilla (2015) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Major Creative Work

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2021Grenfell M, 'River Mountain Sky', Queensland Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Umberto Clerici, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (2021) [Repeat Performance]

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2021Grenfell M, 'Stealing Tutunui', Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Vincent Hardaker, Auckland, New Zealand (2021) [Repeat Performance]

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2021Grenfell M, 'Fanfare for a City', New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Invercargill, Dunedin, Christchurch and Blenheim, New Zealand (2021) [Repeat Performance]

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2021Grenfell M, 'River Mountain Sky', Queensland Orchestra, Brisbane, Australia (2021) [Repeat Performance]

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2020Grenfell M, 'Fanfare for a City', New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, conducted by James Judd, Christchurch, Blenheim, Auckland, Manukau, Kerikeri, New Zealand (2020) [Repeat Performance]

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2019Grenfell M, 'And the Air was Dancing', Ivy Street Ensemble, Denver, Colorado (2019) [Published Creative Work]

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2019Grenfell M, 'Flinders and Trim', Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Hobart, Tasmania (2019) [Published Creative Work]

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2019Grenfell M, 'Flinders and Trim: radio broadcast', ABC Classic, Hobart, Tasmania (2019) [Broadcast]

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2019Grenfell M, 'Masterworks 2 - Rising Above: repeat performance of 'Concertino for Clarinet, Cello, Double Bass, and String Orchestra'', North State Symphony Orchestra, Laxson Auditorium, Chico, CA, United States (2019) [Repeat Performance]

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2019Grenfell M, 'Contemporary Music Ensemble: performance of 'Ceol na Fidhle'', Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, Warner Concert Hall, Oberlin Conservatory, Oberlin OH, United States, Timothy Weiss, conductor (2019) [Repeat Performance]

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2018Deng S, Grenfell M, 'Choro', ABC Classic FM, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Studio, 10 September 2018 (2018) [Broadcast]

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2018Deng S, Grenfell M, 'Choro', ABC Classic FM, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Studio, 28 June 2018 (2018) [Broadcast]

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2018Grenfell M, 'Knitting Unicorns', Hush, Performance at City Recital Hall, Sydney, 18 (2018) [Recorded Creative Work]

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2018Grenfell M, 'SOUNZ showcase of women composers: curated playlists', SOUNZ New Zealand Music Centre (2018) [Other Exhibition]

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2018Grenfell M, 'Ten Suns Ablaze', ABC Classic FM, Sir John Clancy Auditorium, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia (2018) [Broadcast]

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2017Grenfell M, 'Spirals', Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Australian Music Centre, Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, Tasmania, 1, pp. 61 (2017) [Published Creative Work]

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2017Grenfell M, 'Desert Rain', ABC, Premiere in Hobart Town Hall, 28 October 2018 (2017) [Recorded Creative Work]

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2016Grenfell M, 'Poems of a Bright Moon', Australia Ensemble (2016) [Broadcast]

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2015Grenfell M, 'Voyage', Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre, 31 Sturt Street, Southbank VIC 3006, 1, pp. 24 (2015) [Recorded Creative Work]

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2015Grenfell M, 'Time Transfixed', Reed Music, Cole Concert Hall, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, USAS, 1 (2015) [Repeat Performance]

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2015Grenfell M, 'Option C Tango', Self, John Clancy Auditorium, University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW, pp. 8 (2015) [Revision/New Edition]

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2015Grenfell M, 'Poems of a Bright Moon', Australian Music Centre, Elebash Recital Centre, CUNY Graduate Centre, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY, USA, 1, pp. 31 (2015) [Repeat Performance]

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2015Grenfell M, 'Voyage (recording)', ABC Classic FM, Adelaide, Australia (2015) [Published Creative Work]

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2014Grenfell M, 'These dark notes drifting', Australian Music Centre, Christiansen Recital Hall, Hvidsen Hall of Music, Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota, USA, http://www.australianmusiccentre.com.au/workversion/grenfell-maria-these-dark-notes-drifting/24672, pp. 20 (2014) [Repeat Performance]

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2014Grenfell M, 'Choro', Australian Music Centre, Tianjing Concert Hall, China, 1, pp. 13 (2014) [Published Creative Work]

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2014Grenfell M, 'Choro' (2014) [Repeat Performance]

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2013Grenfell M, 'Five Songs from the East', Master Performers, Conservatorium of Music, 5 Sandy Bay, Hobart, TAS 7001, 028 (2013) [Recorded Creative Work]

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2013Grenfell M, 'Rock Hopping', Hush Foundation, Hobart, Tasmania, 13 (2013) [Recorded Creative Work]

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2013Grenfell M, 'A Feather of Blue', Self, Cole Concert Hall, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, USAS, pp. 9 (2013) [Repeat Performance]

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2012Grenfell M, 'Five Songs from the East', University of Tasmania, Conservatorium of Music, University of Tasmania, Conservatorium of Music Recital Hall (2012) [Performance]

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2011Grenfell M, 'Poems of a Bright Moon - concert by Trillium Ensemble', Pittsburgh, PA, USA (2011) [Performance]

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2011Grenfell M, 'Roar!', Symphony Australia, Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, Tasmania (2011) [Performance]

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2011Grenfell M, 'Rollicking Rhymes - concert by Elanee Ensemble', The Kilburn Institute, Davey Street, Hobart (2011) [Performance]

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2011Grenfell M, 'These dark notes drifting - concert at Music X Festival', The Hindemith Foundation, Blonay, Switzerland (2011) [Performance]

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2009Grenfell M, ''Night Songs' (2008) for chorus and orchestra', Federation Concert Hall, Hobart (2009) [Broadcast]

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2009Grenfell M, 'Danny Boy and Loch Lomond', Federation Concert Hall, Hobart; Albert Hall, Laun (2009) [Performance]

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2008Grenfell M, 'Night Songs', Symphony Services International, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and University of Tasmania, Conservatorium of Music, Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, Tasmania (2008) [Performance]

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2007Grenfell M, 'Hinemoa', Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Australia (2007) [Performance]

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2005Grenfell M, 'Four Leunig Pieces', Tall Poppies Records, Sydney, Sydney, Recorded by guitarist David Malone (2005) [Recorded Creative Work]

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2005Grenfell M, 'Di Primavera ', Tall Poppies Records, Sydney, Sydney, David Malone classical guitar, Gary Wain, marimba (2005) [Recorded Creative Work]

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2005Grenfell M, 'A Feather of Blue', Australian Music Centre, The Rocks, NSW, for Violin, violoncello, piano. (2005) [Recorded Creative Work]

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2005Grenfell M, 'The Blue Suite : three-movement work for guitar orchestra', Fretful Music, Bondi, Sydney, Australia, 1st, pp. 27 (2005) [Published Creative Work]

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2003Grenfell M, 'Dancing at the Camerata', Australian Youth Orchestra, Sydney, Australia (2003) [Repeat Performance]

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2000Grenfell M, 'Poems of a Bright Moon - trio for flute, clarinet and piano', Australian Music Centre, Wellington, pp. 16 (2000) [Recorded Creative Work]

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1999Grenfell M, ''A Pinch of Time' Burning Bright', Wellington, New Zealand (1999) [Recorded Creative Work]

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1999Grenfell M, 'Option C Tango', Opus House Press, Geeveston, Tasmania, 1999, pp. 5 (1999) [Recorded Creative Work]

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1998Grenfell M, 'Di Primavera for guitar and marimba', University of Tasmania, Hobart, pp. 1 (1998) [Recorded Creative Work]

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1998Grenfell M, 'Serenades and Skirmishing', New Zealand (1998) [Recorded Creative Work]

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1998Grenfell M, 'Four Pooh Stories', The Centre for New Zealand Music, New Zealand, pp. 1 (1998) [Recorded Creative Work]

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Other Creative Work

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2021Grenfell M, 'Gaudete Fanfare', Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 1-17 (2021) [Minor Creative Work]

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2021Grenfell M, 'Stings and Wings', Hobart, Tasmania, pp. 15 (2021) [Minor Creative Work]

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2019Grenfell M, 'Fanfare for a City', The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, TAS, Australia, pp. 1 piece (2019) [Performance Practice]

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2019Grenfell M, 'Di Primavera', Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australia, pp. 1 (2019) [Minor Creative Work]

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2019Grenfell M, Draeger C, 'On a moonlit night, a recluse plays his pale white ch'in', Fluteworthy, Sydney, pp. 2 (2019) [Minor Creative Work]

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2018Deng S, Grenfell M, 'Five Songs from the East', California State University, Los Angeles, CA, pp. 3 (2018) [Performance Practice]

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2018Deng S, Grenfell M, 'Bowling Green New Music Festival', Bowling Green New Music Festival, Ohio, United States (2018) [Performance Practice]

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2018Grenfell M, 'TSO Composers' Project', Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Hobart, pp. 6 pieces (2018) [Performance Practice]

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2018Grenfell M, 'Clockwerk', RadioNZ, New Zealand, pp. 1 (2018) [Performance Practice]

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2018Grenfell M, 'Roar!', Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, TAS, Australia, pp. 1 piece (2018) [Performance Practice]

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2017Grenfell M, 'Desert Rain', Self, Hobart, pp. 1 piece (2017) [Minor Creative Work]

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2017Grenfell M, 'TSO Composers' Project', Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Hobart (2017) [Performance Practice]

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2017Grenfell M, 'Knitting Unicorns', Self, Hobart, pp. 14 (2017) [Minor Creative Work]

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2017Grenfell M, 'On Jasmin', Self, Hobart, pp. 15 (2017) [Minor Creative Work]

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2016Grenfell M, 'Residential Summer String Camp', Launceston Youth and Community Orchestras, Ulverstone, Tasmania, Australia, pp. 1 (2016) [Performance Practice]

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2015Grenfell M, 'Di Primavera', ABC, Sydney NSW, pp. 3 movements, 1 piece (2015) [Minor Creative Work]

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2015Grenfell M, 'To the thing I wish I'd written', Penguin Books, Australia, pp. 4 (2015) [Minor Creative Work]

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2014Grenfell M, 'Tarraleah', Self, Hobart, pp. 45 (2014) [Minor Creative Work]

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2014Grenfell M, 'Choro', Australian Music Centre, Sydney NSW, pp. 11 (2014) [Minor Creative Work]

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2011Grenfell M, 'On a Moonlit Night, for flute and piano', Reed Music, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, pp. 1 (2011) [Minor Creative Work]

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2011Grenfell M, 'On a Moonlit Night, for alto flute and piano', Reed Music, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, pp. 1 (2011) [Minor Creative Work]

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2009Grenfell M, 'On a moonlit night', Australian Music Centre, Sydney, pp. 1 (2009) [Minor Creative Work]

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2005Grenfell M, 'A Feather of Blue', HRL Morrison Music Trust, Wellington, pp. 1 (2005) [Minor Creative Work]

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2005Grenfell M, 'Four Pooh Stories for solo flute', HRL Morrison Music Trust, Wellington, pp. 1 (2005) [Minor Creative Work]

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2005Grenfell M, 'Di Primavera', Tall Poppies Records, Sydney, pp. 1 (2005) [Minor Creative Work]

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2005Grenfell M, 'Four Leunig Pieces', Tall Poppies Records, Sydney, pp. 1 (2005) [Minor Creative Work]

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2004Grenfell M, 'Alegria', Australian Music Centre, Sydney, NSW, pp. 41 (2004) [Minor Creative Work]

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2001Grenfell M, 'Fanfare for a City', Australian Music Centre, Sydney NSW, pp. 28 (2001) [Minor Creative Work]

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Other Public Output

(21 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2020Grenfell M, 'TUNE IN featuring Maria Grenfell and Jessica Wells', TSO News, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Hobart, Tasmania (2020) [Media Interview]

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2018Grenfell M, 'Interview with Ryk Goddard', Breakfast with Ryk Goddard, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Hobart, 1 August 2018 (2018) [Media Interview]

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2018Grenfell M, 'Collective wisdom: from knitting unicorns to bioluminescent plankton: Interview with Angus McPherson', Limelight, Limelight Arts Media Pty Ltd., Sydney, 10 September 2018 (2018) [Media Interview]

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2017Grenfell M, 'Maria Grenfell Tasmanian composer', ABC Classic FM International Womens Day Special, Australian Broadcasting Company, Hobart, 8 March (2017) [Media Interview]

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2017Grenfell M, 'Maria Grenfell's swooping melodies make spirals', Limelight, Australia's classical music and arts magazine, Arts Illuminated Pty Ltd, Australia, June (2017) [Magazine Article]

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2017Grenfell M, 'Nature Works', Warp Magazine, Warp, Online, June, p. 17. (2017) [Media Interview]

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2017Grenfell M, 'Making Waves 3 - Portfolio Careers', Making Waves, ABC Classic FM, www.abc.net.au (2017) [Media Interview]

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2017Grenfell M, 'Maria Grenfell tutors young composers in TSO project', CutCommon: The new generation of classical music, CutCommon, Australia, 22 June 2017 (2017) [Media Interview]

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2016Grenfell M, 'Spotlight on students', The Mercury, News Corp Australia, Australia, 22 September (2016) [Media Interview]

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2016Grenfell M, 'Old, Male, and Stale: The Women Fighting Classical Music's Woman Problem', Broadly, VICE Media LLC, USA, 30 October (2016) [Media Interview]

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2015Grenfell M, 'Submission 449: Inquiry into the Impact of the 2014 and 2015 Commonwealth Budget decisions on the Arts', Inquiry into the Impact of the 2014 and 2015 Commonwealth Budget decisions on the Arts, Australian Govenment, Australia, pp. 1-2. (2015) [Report Other]

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2014Grenfell M, Philpott CJ, 'Hush - 12 composers write for children at hospitals', Resonate Magazine, Resonate Magazine, online, p. 1. (2014) [Magazine Article]

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2013Grenfell M, 'Ten Suns Ablaze', Tasmanian State Award 'Work of the Year: Instrumental', Australian Art Music Awards, Australia (2013) [Award]

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2012Deng S, Grenfell M, 'Insight: From unpublished Chinese folk songs to new Australian compositions', Australian Music Centre, AMC website, Australia (2012) [Newspaper Article]

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2002Grenfell M, 'Interview (untitled)', Upbeat, Radio New Zealand, Wellington New Zealand, 2 July 2002 (2002) [Media Interview]

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2002Grenfell M, 'Interview (untitled)', News 5.30pm, Now TV, Christchurch New Zealand, 4 July 2002 (2002) [Media Interview]

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2002Grenfell M, 'Interview (untitled)', Women on Air, Plains FM, Christchurch New Zealand, 3 July 2002 (2002) [Media Interview]

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2002Grenfell M, 'Interview (untitled)', Billboard, Canterbury TV, Christchurch New Zealand, 3 July 2002 (2002) [Media Interview]

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2000Grenfell M, 'Not just any old concerto competition', Australian Music Centre Update, Sydney, 117 (2000) [Magazine Article]

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2000Grenfell M, 'Tasmanian Youth Orchestra Mini-Concerto Competition', ABC Radio: 936 AM 'The Breakfast Programme' with Ric Paterson, ABC Radio, Hobart, Apr (2000) [Media Interview]

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2000Grenfell M, 'Stealing Tutunui (own musical composition)', ABC Radio: ABC CLassic FM 93.9 'New Music Australia' with John Crwaford, ABC Radio, Canberra, 13 Sep (2000) [Media Interview]

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Grants & Funding

C-Domain internal faculty grant $4900 (2014). For recording of CD of chamber music – with Dave Carter and Stewart Long.

Funding Summary

Number of grants

7

Total funding

$59,753

Projects

Solo marimba piece (2021)$4,000
Description
Musical commission from Claire Edwardes to write a piece for solo marimba, aimed for high school percussionists and to increase the repertoire of Australian music for percussion by women composers.
Funding
Claire Edwardes ($4,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Grenfell M
Year
2021
Quoll Farm (2020)$10,000
Description
To compose original musical works and to produce a sound recording for synchronization on the soundtrack of the film entitled Quoll Farm.
Funding
Quoll Farm Pty Ltd ($10,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Grenfell M
Year
2020
Musical composition - Flinders and Trim (2019)$15,000
Description
Commissioned musical composition to be first publicly performed by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra during a concert or series of concerts (the Premiere Performance Season) scheduled to occur on Friday 9th August 2019, to be conducted by Eivind Aadland.
Funding
Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Pty Limited ($15,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Grenfell M
Year
2019
String quartet movement (2019)$500
Description
Commission to write a short movement for string quartet. The movement will be performed as part of a set of 20 other similar length pieces next July/August at the Australian Festival of Chamber Music to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethovens birth. The brief was that each composer was given a tempo, time limit (45 sec), and that it should be a variation on Beethovens Ode to Joy. The quartet will arrange the movements in the order that suits the pieces when they are received.
Funding
Australian Festival of Chamber Music-North Queensland Ltd ($500)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Grenfell M
Year
2019
New Work: composing a triple concerto for Ivy Street Ensemble (flute, violin, viola) and strings (2018)$13,736
Description
This project is to compose a twenty minute triple concerto for the Ivy Street Ensemble based in the USA. As this ensemble is an unusual combination of instruments, a trio of flute, violin and viola, there are few trio works available. One method of expanding their repertoire is through commissioning new work. This will be the first time I will write for this combination of instruments, providing a unique and innovative creative opportunity. Three musical organisations have expressed interest in performing the piece in the USA during the 2018-2019 orchestral season.
Funding
Australia Council for the Arts ($13,736)
Scheme
Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Grenfell M
Year
2018
Mentoring women composers, and preparation for a recording of my orchestral works (2018)$4,017
Description
This project encompasses a conference presentation and further development of a paper about mentoring emerging women composers, and supports research time to write music and apply for grants to fund professional recordings of my orchestral compositions.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($4,017)
Scheme
Grant-CAL Hothouse Research Enhancement Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Grenfell M
Year
2018
Stylistic Development and Performance Practice: from Unpublished Chinese Folk Songs to New Australian Music Compositions (2010)$12,500
Funding
University of Tasmania ($12,500)
Scheme
Grant-Institutional Research Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Deng S; Grenfell M
Year
2010

Research Supervision

Maria Grenfell’s practice-based research is in music composition.

She has supervised and examined higher degrees in composition, and co-supervised higher degrees in musicology relating to music composition.

Current

2

Completed

5

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDThe Harmonization of Education and Experience, an Amalgamation of the Practical and Theoretical in Regard to Gospel and Classical Music2018
PhDConnecting People to Place Through Music: The Natural Environment and History of Tasmania in the Compositions of Don Kay2020

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
MastersThe Composition of Art Music for Children's Performance in Australia
Candidate: Holly May Caldwell
2019
MastersStylistic Direction: A performance based investigation of selected violoncello works of Peteris Vasks
Candidate: Sophie Emily Radke
2017
PhDIf Music and Sweet Poetry Agree: The Marriage of Two Art-Forms, with Particular Emphasis on Inflection, Speech Rhythm & Inflection, Dramatic Intensity and Musical Coherence
Candidate: Ralph Middenway
2015
PhDThe simplification of complex notation presented in aleatoric forms
Candidate: Scott Ean McIntyre
2013
PhDThe Cimmerian and the Elysian: How musical and extra-musical models and expressive ethos affect the compositional process
Candidate: Adam Brantley Hill
2004