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Composition Alumni


X Lee (BM 2018) received a generous scholarship for advanced studied at IRCAM in Paris, during the 2018-2019 academic year. In 2017, X has studied with Allain Gaussin at the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau.

Dariush Derakhshani (BM 2017) is currently pursuing graduate studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He has attended IRCAM Manifeste in Paris, Barcelona Mixtur Festival, Altitude Festival, Impuls Academy in Madeira, Festival DME, and was chosen to compose a piece for the Barcelona Modern Ensemble under the guidance of Philippe Hurel. He has studied and participated in masterclasses with Helmut Lachenmann, Tristan Murail, Beat Furrer, Mauro Lanza, Alexander Schubert, Raphaël Cendo, Patricia Alessandrini, Yann Robin, Gilbert Nouno, Åke Parmerud, João Pedro Olivera and Jaime Reis.

Zheng Zhou (MM 2017) received a generous scholarship to pursue doctoral studies at University of Utah.

Phillip Park (BM 2015) was awarded a fellowship from UC Riverside, where he is continuing his studies in digital music composition. His most recent compositions can be heard on Soundcloud

Frank Duarte (BM 2015) was awarded a full scholarship for graduate studies at Butler University. His music has been published and widely performed throughout the United States.

Michael Dekovitch (BM 2014) is currently pursuing doctoral studies in music theory and composition at University of Oregon.

Patrick Gutman (MM 2014) is currently pursuing his doctorate in Music Composition at UCLA on scholarship and a teaching assistantship. He has been a fellow of the Cortona Sessions for New Music, the Chamber Music Institute at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and the American Conservatory of Fontainebleau, France. For more information, visit: 

Longfei Li (MM 2014) was accepted into the prestigious doctoral program at Manhattan School of Music.

Andrew Martin (BM 2014) received a full scholarship from University of California Berkeley, where he continued his graduate studies in music composition.

Felipe Rossi (MM 2013) was accepted in the prestigious doctoral program of University of California San Diego on a full scholarship. Recently, he was a resident at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris, France where he studied with Gérard Pesson and Stefano Gervasoni.

David Kobaly (MM 2013) was awarded a scholarship for doctoral studies at University of Oregon.

Aram Adajian (MM 2012) was awarded a PhD in Music Composition from University of California Riverside. Various samples of his music are available on Soundcloud.

Ralph D'Ignazio (MM 2012) is the founder and director of Atlantic Guitar Music School in Thousand Oaks, CA. He has taught a wide range of music composition and theory courses at Los Angeles City College and Santa Ana College.

Marcelo Lazcano (MM 2012) received a full tuition scholarship from UC San Diego, where he is currently pursuing doctoral studies in composition. In 2011 he was among the best eight graduate students at CSUN who were awarded the much coveted California Pre-Doctoral Fellowship from the CSU Office of the Chancellor.

Eun Woo Choi (BM 2012) was invited to pursue advanced studies in choral conducting at the Kodaly Institute of Music in Hungary. During the 2011-2012 season she conducted the Discovery Players Ensemble and was an assistant conductor with the CSUN Symphony.

Addison Wong (BM 2011) received a full scholarship from University of Oregon, Eugene, where he is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree.

Collin Martin (MM 2011) was accepted in the prestigious graduate Musical Theatre program at New York University.

David Dominique (MM 2010) received his PhD from Brandeis University, and is currently Assistant Professor of Music at College of William and Mary. He has studied at the Freie Universitat in Berlin and the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice in Boston.

Leonie Roessler (BM 2010) received a Master of Music degree from the Royal Conservatory in Hague, Netherlands. She is an active composer and performer on the European avant-garde music scene.

David Gordon (MM 2010) was awarded a PhD in Music Composition from UC Santa Barbara. He is a composer of chamber and electronic music, as well as an accomplished painter.

Evan Meier (MM 2009) was accepted in the DMA program at University of Maryland with a full scholarship. He has studied at the Aspen Summer Institute and the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France.

Yu Oda (BM 2008) was accepted in the graduate program at the Amsterdam Conservatory in the Netherlands, and has been a finalist in the prestigious Gaudeamus Competition. His music has been performed by the Asko Schoenberg and the Nimbus ensembles.

Milen Kirov (MM 2008) was the first student to be admitted in the newly created DMA program at California Institute of the Arts, where he began his studies in 2009 on a full scholarship. He has taught courses in music theory at Chapman University and CalArts and is now Assistant Professor of Music Composition and Theory at Los Angeles Community College.

Martin Jaroszewicz (BM 2007) received a full scholarship and pursued his graduate studies at UC Irvine, where he was a teaching assistant until 2010. Currently, he holds the Dean's Fellowship at UC Riverside, where he is pursuing a doctoral degree, and is a lecturer in a unique Psychoacoustics, Math, and Creative Computing course at UCI. Martin's original IPad app called OSC Physics is currently available on the Apple website.

Isshin Oikawa (BM 2007) was accepted in the graduate music program at UC Irvine on a full tuition scholarship. Currently he composes and performs music in a wide range of artistic venues throughout Japan.

Michael West (BM 2006) received a Master of Music degree from UCLA. He is an active composer and sound engineer in the Los Angeles area, as well as the founder of the Conejo Valley Music School.

Chisako Inoshita (BM 2005) was accepted in the Schola Cantorum Summer Program in Paris and continued her studies on a full scholarship in the Master of Music in Composition program at Cal State Long Beach.

Juan Martin Gendelman (MM 2004) received a full scholarship from University of Maryland, where he entered the DMA in composition program. Over the past fifteen years he has taught at Towson University, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Catholic University, Levine Conservatory in Washington DC, and is currently Associate Professor of Music at Georgia Southern University.