Dr. Philip Schuessler

Instructor of Theory and Composition

Music Annex A255
(985) 549-5035



Philip Schuessler attributes the work of New York School and European Spectral composers as having a profound influence upon his compositional output. Current compositional research involves the exploitation and emergence of silence as an inherently musical, timbral and structural device. His use of electronics as a resource of pure sound material is in the tradition of acousmatic and spectral music.


He received his Bachelors Degree in composition at Birmingham-Southern College, his Masters Degree from the University of Miami, and his PhD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His teachers have included Charles Mason, Dorothy Hindman Dennis Kam, Keith Kothman, Dan Weymouth, Sheila Silver, Perry Goldstein, and Daria Semegen.


He has had works performed by notable artists such as the Goliard Ensemble, Dither Guitar Quartet, Mantra Percussion Ensemble, violinist Graeme Jennings, Timetable percussion trio, Ensemble, Inc., percussionist Daniel Kennedy, soprano Tony Arnold, and cellist Craig Hultgren. He has had works performed at notable venues such as June in Buffalo, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga New Music Symposium, Birmingham City Stages Festival, Festival Miami, the Czech-American Summer Music Workshop, CCMIX in Paris, SEAMUS Conferences, ArtSounds in Kansas City, Artomatic in Arlington, Virginia, Electronic Music Midwest, New Music Forum in San Francisco, the School for Designing a Society in Urbana, Illinois, Electroacoustic Juke Joint in Cleveland, Mississippi, and the Spark Festival in Minneapolis. He has also been a participant at the MusicX Festival, the Ernst Bloch Music Festival, the Elliott Carter/Oliver Knussen Chamber Music Intensive Workshop at Carnegie Hall, and the Oregon Bach Festival.


His electro-acoustic music has most recently been recognized in France by Elektrophonie's NuitBleue Music Festival, the Futura Festival, and the Bourges Residence. Recent awards also include being a finalist in Random Access Music's 2009 call for scores.


More information can be found at www.philipschuessler.com.