Spencer Topel

Assistant Professor of Music

Composer Spencer Topel is among America's most innovative and sought-after interdisciplinary composers. The recipient of numerous awards and honors (including the Palmer Dixon Prize from the Juilliard School for best composition, BMI and ASCAP Awards, and the first American composer to be awarded a Danish International Visiting Artist Residency).

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Topel has composed music for many of America's premiere musical institutions, including the Minnesota Orchestra (Incendio, 2009), the Juilliard Symphony, Oregon Symphony, and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble. Notable international collaborations include performances with Meitar Ensemble (Israel), FIGURA Ensemble (Denmark), and the Contemporarte Ensemble (Italy). His works include three string quartets, five symphonic works, and numerous chamber and electronic works and sound-art installations. Recent major premieres and shows include Capturing Resonance (with Soo Sunny Park at the DeCordova Museum), Svin (bassist Jesper Egelund), Callings (FIGURA Ensemble, Chosen Vale Trumpet Festival), and Five Details on the Strausborg Rosace (Collide-A-Scope Music).

Recent and upcoming projects include a site-specific installation at the LEVEL 2014 Chicago Exhibition in September, a violin duo for the String Noise ensemble, and two new installations with artist and Dartmouth faculty member Soo Sunny Park.

He received degrees from Cornell and The Juilliard School before joining the Tenure-Track Faculty at Dartmouth College, where he is currently an Assistant Professor of Music. He is on the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Emerging Technologies in the Arts, and is involved with curation of festivals and conferences, including the Sound and Music Computing, the International Computer Music Conference, and the International Society of Music Information Retrieval. More information on his work can be found at: http://www.spencertopel.com.

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Department(s): 
Music
Education: 
D.M.A. Cornell University
M.M. The Juilliard School
B.M. The Juilliard School