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Duncan Neilson

Visiting Professor of Music Theory

  • Duncan Neilson
    Duncan Neilson

Composer, pianist, and educator Duncan Neilson was born in Baltimore and grew up in Milwaukie, Oregon. He received a B.A. in Piano Performance from Lewis and Clark College (studying with Anne S. Miller), an M.M. in Composition from the University of Michigan (studying with William Albright, William Bolcom, Michael Daugherty, and Bright Sheng), and a D.M.A. in Composition from Columbia University (studying with Sebastian Currier, Jonathan Kramer, Fred Lerdahl, and Tristan Murail). His awards include a Mellon Fellowship and Jacob K. Javits Fellowship at Columbia, scholarships to the Aspen Music Festival, an ASCAP award for his Mad Love Songs, and a residency at the Caldera Arts Center.

Duncan has taught on the music faculties of Columbia University, the College of William and Mary, Concordia University Portland, and Lewis and Clark College, and has served as composer in residence for the Portland Chamber Orchestra. Together with sound engineer Andrew Canulette he has recently launched a sound production company in Portland called Good Question. His recent work addresses environmental themes through the inclusion and exploration of electronica, acoustic instruments, and sounds from the natural world.