Pamela Madsen

Professor of Music

Pamela Madsen


Location: CPAC 267
Phone: (657) 278-2152
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Please contact the Music Office 
(657) 278-3511 for current office hours


211, Chromatic Theory
320, 20th-Century Techniques
408N, Contemporary Chamber Music Performance
411, Survey of Music Theory
419, Advanced Form & Analysis
420, 20th-Century Techniques since 1945
524, Seminar in Music Theory

Pamela Madsen is a composer, performer, theorist and curator of new music. From massive immersive concert-length projects, solo works, chamber music to multi-media opera collaborations her work focuses on issues of social change, exploration of  image, music, text and the environment. With a Ph.D. in Music Composition from UCSD, studies with Brian Ferneyhough, Mellon Foundation Doctoral Research Award, Yale University, Post-Doctoral research in Music Technology at IRCAM, Paris, and Deep Listening Certificate with Pauline Oliveros, her works have been commissioned and premiered world-wide by such artists as Los Angeles Percussion Quartet, Brightwork newmusic, ModernMedieval, Moscow Contemporary Music Ensemble, Tony Arnold, Nicholas Isherwood, Claire Chase, Jane Rigler, Anne LaBerge, Lisa Moore, Vicki Ray, Aron Kallay, Bugallo-Williams Piano Duo, Ashley Bathgate, Trio Solisti, New York New Music Ensemble, California Ear Unit, Verdehr Trio, Zeitgeist, JACK, Ethel, Lyris and Arditti string quartets. Major concert-length projects include her Oratorio for the Earth;  Luminous Etudes: Visions of the Black Madonna of Montserrat;  Luminosity: Passions of Marie Curie multi-media opera;  Melting Away: Gravity for orchestra, with Arctic photographer Camille Seaman; Envisioning the Future Project multi-media opera installation with visual artist Judy Chicago. Selected as an Alpert Award Panelist, Creative Capital artist “on the radar” with awards from National Endowment for the Arts, New Music USA, Meet the Composer, American Scandinavian Foundation, artist residency fellowships at MacDowell Colony, UCross, Women’s International Studies Center, Russia/Siberia Concert tour, Pulsar Festival, Denmark, she is a frequent guest artist at festivals and universities worldwide. She is Director of the Annual New Music Festival, InterArts Collaborative Projects at Cal State Fullerton where she is Professor of Music Composition, Music Theory and Director of the New Music Ensemble.   

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