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  • Dr. Jonathan Middleton, Professor of Composition
    Dr. Jonathan Middleton, Professor of Composition
    Professor of Theory and Composition
    Music Building #208
    Phone: (509)359-6116
    Fax: (509)359-7028

    Dr. Jonathan Middleton is Professor of Theory and Composition at Eastern Washington University. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in composition, theory, orchestration, and music informatics.

    Dr. Middleton obtained his Doctor of Musical Arts in 1999 from Columbia University where he was an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the School of the Arts.  He has studied composition with numerous professors including Fred Lerdahl, Jonathan Kramer, Emma Lou Diemer, William K raft, Frederic Rzewski, Ann Kearns, Daniel Warner, Peter Golub and Pulitzer Prize winners Roger Reynolds and Lewis Spratlan. He also studied twentieth century compositional techniques with Kyle Gann and Tristan Murail. 

    Dr. Middleton's creative interests include spontaneous approaches to composition through stream of consciousness and algorithmic composition. The foundation of his work is created from the"musicalgorithms"software he designed in 2004. The application (available on the Web at and provides a creative environment where composers can create music from DNA and numbers.   As a mid-career composer, he has created many pieces, from orchestral to electronic. In recent years he has received numerous commissions with performances and recordings from the Czech Philharmonic, Kiev Philharmonic, Millennium Symphony, Spokane Symphony, Coeur d'Alene Symphony, Paradox, MoPho, and Music Northwest.   His music is featured on the cd's Soak, ERM Masterworks of the New Era vols. 11 and 17, and ERM Music of the Americas. In 2008, he published an article in the journal "Leonardo" (41/2 2008), which describes his creative process with"musicalgorithms" (the article is co-authored with professor Diane Dowd from Mathematics).  

    In addition to teaching,  Dr. Middleton has served as a visiting scholar and composer at Stanford University's Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). There he completed a new work for mobile phones with performances at Stanford, Belfast, Helsinki, Monterey and Berkeley. 

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