Arthur Kreiger

Arthur Kreiger, Sylvia Pasternack Marx Professor of Music with specializations in composition and electronic music.

Sylvia Pasternack Marx Professor of Music
Fellow, Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology, Cummings Electronic and Digital Sound Studio

Joined Connecticut College: 2004

B.A., M.A., University of Connecticut; D.M.A., Columbia University

  • Composition
  • Electronic music

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With Connecticut College since 2004, Arthur Kreiger has been composing for nearly four decades. Performed worldwide, his catalog of works contains pieces for orchestra, chorus, mixed chamber ensembles, solo instruments and the electronic medium.

The world premiere of a musical work by Kreiger, "Never Again the Same," was performed at a "Works and Process at the Guggenheim" presentation at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City on Nov. 5 and 6, 2006.

His compositions are recorded on Odyssey, Spectrum, Finnadar, CRI, Neuma, Context and New World Records. Kreiger's professional honors include the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as commissions from the Fromm and Koussevitzky Foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has served as composer in residence at William Paterson University, The North Carolina School of the Arts and at The Composers Conference at Wellesley.

The composer was the recipient of the 1993 Brandeis University Creative Arts Medal. A portion of the text of this award citing his electronic music follows.

"Although much of his music can be heard only as it issues, in whole or in part, from loudspeakers, its creative shaping source is immediately unmistakable, recognized as human and intensely personal. It is not music shaped by technological means, but music that demands technology for its fulfillment. While the music is so singularly Kreiger's, it is assuredly of its time, not only or even primarily because of the composer's mastery of sophisticated musical technology, but in the compositional modes that the music so urgently expresses. For it is learned music, in that it is aware and informed in its craft. . ."

Prior to joining the Connecticut College faculty, Kreiger held teaching positions at Harvard, New York University, Baruch College, Rutgers and Columbia. He served as a technician and instructor at the Columbia/Princeton Electronic Music Center for over 15 years.

A popular teacher at Connecticut College, student evaluations have consistently praised Kreiger's courses. The composer is particularly happy to be associated with the Cummings Electronic and Digital Sound Studio at the College. He serves on the committee for Arts and Technology.

Arthur Kreiger's most recent project is a CD presenting nine of his compositions. Titled "Meeting Places," the disc features highly acclaimed performances by the New York New Music Ensemble and the Juilliard Percussion Quartet. Each work in the collection contains an electronic component that was realized at the Columbia/Princeton Electronic Music Center in New York City. The CD was released on Albany Records through the generous financial support of the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music.

Kreiger and his wife Diane live on Moosup Pond.

Courses taught: Music 104 The Language of Music Music 131 The Creative World of Music Music 132 Tonal Theory I Music 203 Electroacoustic Music I Music 225, 226 Elementary Composition I, II Music 304 Electroacoustic Music II Music 331, 332, 431, 432 Composition I, II, III, IV.

Visit the music department's Cummings Electronic and Digital Sound Studio website.

"Ultimately, what is striking about Kreiger's works has practically as much to do with what is not in them as with what is in them: no pitiful parodies, no romantic aping, no musty nostalgia, no indulgent experimentation for the sake of experimentation, no foul glitz. Instead this is clean, gripping music, created for and about itself…Above all this music is made by a patient and intelligent composer who creates personal, well-imagined and tenacious works."
- Contemporary Music Review

"Arthur Kreiger's 50th birthday was marked appropriately by a generous evening of his music, presented by the Miller Theatre. All in all, the evening was truly a celebration of an important composer at the height of his powers."
- The Music Connoisseur