Degrees and Credentials
D.M. Composition, Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music 2012
M.M. Composition, Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music 2009
B.A. Music, History, Cornell University 2007
Joshua Groffman's compositions are influenced by his background as a performer of classical, rock, and jazz and a strong sense of the specificity of place. His opera, Unfinished, written in collaboration with poet Sarah Heady, is commissioned and produced by Vital Opera. Other works have been performed by the American Composers Orchestra, Ensemble Laboratorium, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Poné Ensemble for New Music, New York New Music Collective, Ars Musica Chorale, Bard College Vocal Arts Program, Delaware Valley Chorale, Duo 231, and the Cornell University Chamber Singers, and selected for performance at the Aspen Music Festival, June in Buffalo, SEAMUS National Conference, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Electroacoustic Barn Dance Festival, Midwest Composers Symposium, and the 60×60 VoxNovus East Coast Mix.
As a scholar, Dr. Groffman's work focuses on constructions of place through sound, as well as techniques for student engagement in the music theory curriculum. Current and forthcoming work appears in Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, Music Educators Journal, Journal SEAMUS, and Musica Est Donum.
Joshua Groffman is a composer, performer, and music theorist, teaching courses in music fundamentals, appreciation, and music in film, as well as a seminar on interdisciplinary arts. He also directs the Vocal Arts Ensemble.