School of Music

Composition, Theory and Technology

Composition Studies / Students

PhD
Diogo Carvalho

Diogo Carvalho is a composer, scholar, performer, and teacher, and producer with experience in electroacoustic, concert, popular, jazz, and Brazilian music. Carvalho stands out with his ample knowledge and musicality, having pieces performed all over the world, often performing himself at the guitar. His studies on the compositional processes of Debussy and Ravel were linked to his transcriptions of the pieces for solo guitar, recorded in the album "Impressionism – Acoustic Guitar Solo" (praised as “highly recommended” by Classical Guitar Magazine). As a scholar, studies the works of Steve Reich related to identity issues. At the University of Florida, Carvalho is a PhD candidate in Music Composition and teaches Music Theory and Introduction to Music Technology. [website]

PhD
Tabajara Belo

Virtuoso guitar soloist, composer and arranger, Brazilian musician, Tabajara Belo released two solo albums. He blends his concert programs with classical, Brazilian popular/folk and jazz. He holds a Master degree in guitar from the University of Arizona. Mr. Belo is a faculty member at the Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto and has been constantly performing throughout Brazil, United States and Europe. He was recently awarded with 2nd. place at the prestigious National Prize for Guitar Composition “Novas 3”. Presently, Mr. Belo is a Composition PhD student and Theory and Jazz Teacher Assistant at the University of Florida.

PhD
Jong-Chan Lee

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Jong-Chan Lee has been seeking to create a musical language which embraces Western classical music, jazz, rock and traditional Korean music, and which also communicates his personal aesthetics. His musical ambitions have led him to study in three different countries, majoring in various subjects from jazz to Korean musicology. Lee holds a BA Honours degree in Music (jazz composition) from Middlesex University in London, England; an MMus in Composition from Goldsmiths College, University of London; an MM in Composition from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music; and a PhD in Literature from South Korea’s Seoul National University. He is currently pursuing a PhD degree in composition at the University of Florida with the aim of expanding his musical vocabulary yet further.

PhD
Hooman Rafraf

Composer Hooman Rafraf was born in 1985 in Tehran and is currently based in Gainesville, Florida. Hooman’s compositional output includes works for orchestra, electronics, chamber music, soloists, and collective projects with arts museums as well as collectives. He received a Bachelor's degree in computer engineering and a Master’s degree in music composition both from University of Tehran. He received a second Master's in music composition from University of South Florida. His original composition, Serere Bastian, was recognized with the winning award in the 30th Fajr International Music Festival in Tehran in 2015. He is currently a Ph.D student of music composition in the University of Florida where he also serves as an electronic-music TA.

PhD
Eric Heumann

Eric Heumann’s colorful and creative music has received many performances across the United States. Most recently, his chamber orchestra work, Gateway to the West, received a premier performance by the Ann Arbor Camerata under the direction of Victor Huls. Eric attended Rollins College where he studied piano with Gloria Cook, music composition with Daniel Crozier, and organ with George Atwell. Eric is also a recent graduate of the University of Houston where he studied composition with Rob Smith, Marcus Maroney, and David Ashley White. Eric has participated in master classes with distinguished composers such as Stephen Paulus, John Harbison, Stephen Montague, Kamran Ince, and Chris Rogerson. Eric is currently pursuing a PhD in music composition. [website]

PhD
Vahid Jahandari

Vahid Jahandari is an award-winning composer of acoustic and electronic music, inspired by social-political culture and interactive technology, with projects ranging from concert works to interdisciplinary and film scores. Currently pursuing his Composition PhD as a Graduate Assistant at the University of Florida, Jahandari holds degrees in Composition from the University of Texas at Austin (M.M.), where he served as a Teaching Assistant in Digital Music, as well as from the Art University of Tehran (B.M.). As an Iranian artist involved with major social issues, Jahandari seeks to promote inter-cultural communication through his works. [website]

MM
Emmanuel Danielson

Emmanuel Danielson is an American composer from Arizona. Mr. Danielson started composing at the age of 17 where he was introduced to music in high school through music theory. He specializes in chamber composition and performance, and enjoys performing his works with his wife, and fellow musicians. Through-out his career he has developed his technique as a composer under Professor Daniel Asia, Dr. David Biedenbender, Dr. James Paul Sain and Dr. Paul Koonce. He is currently studying under Dr. Paul Richards as a master’s student in Music Composition at the University of Florida.

MM
Brendan Sweeney

Brendan Sweeney is a composer, trumpeter, and arranger living in Florida. His aesthetics center on impermanence, minimalism, and the synthesis of aleatory and systematic techniques. His music has been performed across the United States as well as in Italy and Canada.

MM
Erick Campos

Erick Campos is a musician, songwriter, and composer based in Central Florida. With a great passion and understanding of a wide range of musical styles, Erick is known for creating compositions ranging from popular contemporary styles to classical and jazz.  His education includes a Bachelor of Music in Composition from the University of Central Florida, instruction from Jeremy Birdsall on electric bass, Michael Hill on double bass, and composition from Dr. David MacDonald and Dr. Paul Richards. Erick is trained in composition and performance of classical, jazz, and rock styles and will be earning a Masters degree in Music Composition from the University of Florida by Spring 2020. [website]

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