Composition Session

In his composition textbook, Jonathan Middleton, professor of theory and composition, explains how developing a creative process is essential for composers. One aspect of his own process is composing music from nature and numbers–things that surround us and bring joy and meaning to Dr. Middleton’s artistic expression. His user-friendly algorithmic techniques for transforming number sequences, DNA, and Protein structures into melodies can open a student’s perspective to creativity and help draw correlations between the arts and sciences.


This work can serve creative purposes as found in his compositions Redwood Symphony and Hollow, and analytical purposes as found in his work with data sonification for companies and scientists. The instructional session, in two parts, offers the kind of hands-on experiences that you, too, can expect to encounter at Eastern.

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This original composition by Sage Eaglebear, a senior in the composition program, is about conflict. The piece draws inspiration from a variety of sources, including metal music. Sage, on guitar, is joined by Grace Ahola, a junior in the composition program, on cello. Both play in the EWU orchestra and are very engaged and classically trained composers with affinities for the intensity of metal songs.

EWU’s music programs are highly inclusive and open-minded, embracing all forms of talent and backgrounds. This diversity makes our educational experiences stronger. Our students’ goals matter to us and we judge students’ work by their individual merits and achievements.

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The EWU Music Program will award $150,000 in scholarships this year to help make the dream of becoming a professional musician a reality for students across our region.