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 the FIGURA Ensemble in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Contemporarte Ensemble in Venice, Italy, and the Turkish Cultural Center 2009 artist tour. 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), Trans-Verse (Charles River Wind Ensemble), and Five Details on the Strausborg Rosace (Collide-A-Scope Music).

Current projects include a string quartet commission (Voxare Quartet), artist residency in Tel-Aviv at the Israeli Conservatory of Music (July, 2014), 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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B.M. The Juilliard School
M.M. The Juilliard School
D.M.A. Cornell University

Selected Publications

SVIN, Figura Ensemble. Sound and Music Computing 2012 , Copenhagen, Denmark, (July 2012).

Capturing Resonance , with Soo Sunny Park, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA, (August 2011- July 2012).

Vox Nihili , Calithumpian Consort. A Celebration of Song , Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, (May 2012).

Q. Kong, A. Sarroff, S. Topel, M.A. Casey “Getting Into the Groove with Hierarchical Probabilistic Latent Component Analysis” with Q Kong, A Sarroff, and M Casey, In Proc. Of NIPS Workshop, Granada, Spain, 2011.

“Elementary Sources: Latent Component Analysis for Music Composition”, with M Casey, In Proc. Of ISMIR, Miami, United States , 2011.

“Timbre-Based Percussive Rhythm Classification and Retrieval”, with M Casey, In Proc. Of ISMIR, Utrecht, Netherlands, 2010.

“Concerto for Three Players and Orchestra”, Juilliard Symphony, Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center, New York, NY, (April 2002).

Works in progress

Commercial CD release of new songs for Baritone and Piano (GPR Records, New York); research collaboration with Finale Doshi-Velez (Harvard); Associate Director of Foundation for Emerging Technologies and Arts (Miami)