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LISA R. COONS, PhD Assistant Professor of Music Composition Western Michigan University www.lisarcoons.com / lisa.coons@wmich.edu 269.387.2549 EDUCATION PRINCETON UNIVERSITY: PhD. Music Composition (2004-2007). M.F.A. (2006). Private studies with Dr. Barbara White, Dr. Steven Mackey, and Dr. Paul Lansky. Dissertation: Gender, Identity, and the Voice in the Music of the Composer/Performer. STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK - STONY BROOK: M.A. Composition (2002-2004). With emphases in Musicology and Analysis. Private composition studies with Dr. Perry Goldstein. UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI - KANSAS CITY: B.M. Music Composition (1998-2002). Private composition studies with Dr. James Mobberley and Dr. Chen Yi. CONSERVATORY OF RECORDING ARTS AND SCIENCES: Diploma (1997-1998). Mesa, AZ. Studies in recording engineering and live sound support. TEACHING EXPERIENCE WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERISTY – Assistant Professor, Music Composition Basic Music I, II: (2012-2013) Aural Skills I, II: (2012-2013) Composition Lessons: (2012-2013) Teaching undergraduate majors. Composition I: (2012) Composition Seminar: (2012) Teaching undergraduate and graduate students. HARTT SCHOOL, UNIVERSITY OF HARTFORD – Visiting Professor of Composition An Introduction to Sound Art: (2012) Designed and co-taught course. Composition Lessons: (2011-2012) Taught both graduate and undergraduate majors. THE CITY COLLEGE OF NEW YORK – Substitute Teacher Theory IV: Twentieth-Century Techniques: (2011) PRINCETON UNIVERSITY – Graduate Teaching Assistant Senior Thesis Writing Group—Music Dept: (2008-2009) Group Leader. Theory Through Composition I and II: (2004-2005, 2009) The Golden Age of Rock ‘n’ Roll: (2006) SUNY-STONY BROOK – Graduate Teaching Assistant Undergraduate Musicianship I and II: (2003-2004) Lead Teaching Assistant. Technology in the Arts / Music and the Moving Image: (2002-2003)


Coons, 2 (Teaching Continued) PRIVATE TEACHING Dennis Conti’s Lessons at Home, Setauket, NY: (2002) Piano/Voice Instructor. (studio: 15 students, ages 8-17). Meyer Music, Overland Park, KS: (2000-2002) Piano Instructor. (studio: 18 students, ages 6-35). RECENT COMMISSIONS AND AWARDS MAP Fund Grant: (2012) Granted with International Contemporary Ensemble. International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE): (2012) Commission and ICElab Fellowship for a new, evening-length multimedia work for dance. Hartt School, The University of Hartford: (2011-2012) Jackie McLean Fellowship, to act as a post-doctoral period of study and visiting faculty position. California E.A.R. Unit: (2011) Commission to write a new work for violin, piano, and percussion. Premiered during the 2011-2012 season. Other Minds: (2011) Composer Fellowship (for Other Minds 16 Festival). San Francisco, CA. Navitas Ensemble: (2011) Commission of “Music Painted from Memory” for violin, cello, and video, support from the Zellerbach Foundation. San Francisco, CA. The New Music Collective of Charleston: (2010) New Works Program Commission of “Shadow, Echo, Song” for seven performers. Charleston, SC. Meet the Composer Grants: (2012) With Southwest Festival of New Music for “Alchemy II. (2010) With Music At the Anthology (MATA) Festival and Calder Quartet for performance of “Cythére” for string quartet. NY, NY. (2008) With the Electric Kompany for “Eliot Obscured” for amplified mixed quartet. NY, NY. The Little William Theater Festival of New Music: (2010) Hammer Museum Commission for the duets “Alchemy,” “Mirage,” “Touch,” and “Grind.” L.A., CA. ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards: (2009) Honorable Mention for “CrossSections: Four Pieces for Electric Guitar Quartet.” (2005) Award for “Awkward Music” for string quartet. Violin Futura Project: (2009) Commission of “Coming Undone” for solo violin piece for Piotr Szewezyk. Jacksonville, FL. Dither Electric Guitar Quartet: (2008) Commission of “Cross-Sections” for electric guitar quartet for the MATA Festival Interval Series. NY, NY.


Coons, 3 PUBLICATIONS (MUSIC AND SCHOLARSHIP) “Broad Ambition: Hartford New Music Festival 2012” published in New Music Box online (May10, 2012). “Music Painted from Memory” included on Constructions, The Collected’s compilation album (Collected Recordings, 2011). “Cross-Sections: Four Pieces for Electric Guitar Quartet” composed for the Dither Quartet album, Dither (HENCEFORTH Records, 2010). “Cutter” from “Cythére (a trauma ballet in two parts)” included on the MATA Festival Promotional CD in 2010. “Songs in the Electric Tongue: Gender Performance in Laurie Anderson’s Music” published in The International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations (vol. 9, issue 3, 2009). RECENT FESTIVAL / CONFERENCES PARTICIPATION AND RESIDENCIES Charlotte New Music Festival and Workshop: (2013) Composer in Residence. Upcoming. Baryshnikov Arts Center – NY, NY: (October-November 2012, February 2011) Residency with International Contemporary Ensemble and The Troupe. Southwest Festival of New Music – Santa Fe, NM: (June, 2012) Commission of “Alchemy II” for string quartet and performance of “Music Painted from Memory” for violin and ‘cello. Seventh Yale Guitar Extravaganza – New Haven, CT: (March, 2012) Performance of “Prolix” by Dither Electric Guitar Quartet. South by Southwest Festival (SxSW) – (March, 2012) Performance of “Percussion Sculpture No. 1 by Owen Weaver. 12th Annual Women Composers Festival of Hartford – Hartford, CT: (March, 2012) Performance of piece for amplified percussion sculpture. SONiC Festival – NY, NY: (October, 2011) Performance of “Prolix” for electric guitar quartet. Music With a View Festival at the Flea Theater – NY, NY: (March-April, 2011) Performance of “Improvisation” for amplified percussion sculpture. Other Minds 16 Festival – San Francisco, CA: (March, 2011) Performance of “Music Painted from Memory” for violin and ‘cello. Music at the Anthology (MATA) Festival – NY, NY: (April, 2010) Performance by Calder Quartet of “Cythére: A Trauma Ballet in Two Parts.”


Coons, 4 (Conferences and Festivals Continued) Music09 Festival with Eighth Blackbird – Blonay, Switzerland: (July, 2009) Performance of “Songs of Loss” for soprano, clarinet, piano, and percussion. Sounding Art: Instruments as Art Pieces at the Oakopolis Gallery – Oakland, CA: (August, 2009) Exhibit of “Percussion Sculpture No. 1” in the group show. 9th International Conference of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations – Riga, Latvia: (May 2009) Paper presentation of “Songs in the Electric Tongue: Gender Performance in Laurie Anderson’s Music.” Feminist Theory and Music 10 – Greensboro, NC: (May, 2009) Paper presentation of “The Angry Woman Persona as Political Force in the Music of Diamanda Galas.” Athena Women and Music Festival – Murray, KY: (March, 2009) Paper presentation of “Her Electric Tongue: Gender and Voice in the Music of Laurie Anderson. ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE Modern Records / Modern Capital – NY, NY: (2010-2011) Assistant. (oversaw daily operations, internet promotion, communications). NY, NY. Princeton Composers Ensemble – Princeton University: (2006-2008) Coordinator. (planned programs and rehearsal schedules for all composition department student concerts, oversaw instrument rental, acted as artist liaison). The Collected – A Bi-Costal New Music Collective: (2006-present) Founding Member. (participating in grant writing, coordinating group shows and projects). Center for Literacy – Philadelphia, PA: (2007-2008) Volunteer / Tutor. (worked privately with an adult learning partner). Gender, Sexuality and Music Reading Group – Princeton University: (2006-2007) Founder. (curated and distributed readings for graduate students in Musicology and Composition, facilitated meetings). SELECT REVIEWS Civic Center Blog – Michael Stickland: (March, 2011) “Music Painted from Memory” performed by the Navitas Ensemble at Other Minds 16 Festival. San Francisco, CA. sfciviccenter.blogspot.com/2011/03/other-minds-music-festivalwednesday.html Point of Departure Magazine – Stuart Boomer: (August, 2010) “Cross-Sections: Four Pieces for Electric Guitar Quartet” from Dither (HENCEFORTH Records). pointofdeparture.org/PoD29/PoD29MoreMoments2.html


Coons, 5 (Select Reviews Continued) The New York Times – Steve Smith: (June, 2010) “Cross-Sections: Four Pieces for Electric Guitar Quartet” from Dither (Henceforth Records). nytimes.com/2010/06/20/arts/music/20guitar.html The New York Times – Steve Smith: (April, 2010) “Cythére (a trauma ballet in two parts),” performance by the Calder Quartet at (Le) Poisson Rouge. NY, NY. nytimes.com/2010/04/22/arts/music/22mata.html

SELECT COLLABORATIONS WITH / PERFORMANCES BY International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), California E.A.R. Unit, Eighth Blackbird, Calder String Quartet, Flux String Quartet, Newspeak Ensemble, Piotr Szewezyk, Iktus Percussion Quartet, Stony Brook Contemporary Players, Dither Electric Guitar Quartet, Brian McOmber (percussionist, Dirty Projectors), Navitas Ensemble, Eric km Clark, Ashley Walters (dancer), James Moore (resonator guitar), Formalist Quartet, Electric Kompany (rock quartet), Andrew Tholl (violin), Jodi Rehege and Mike Block (violoncellos), DJ Willstar (turntables) Nathan Goheen (bass), Krystal Warren (voice)


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