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Joel Phillip Friedman

Lecturer:  Theory, Composition, Music in Popular Culture: The Beatles

Joel Friedman’s varied compositional output reflects his musical and teaching interests. He grew up playing trumpet and electric bass in jazz and rock bands, French horn in orchestras, and performed in musicals. Joel’s music – concert and stage works ranging from chamber and orchestral works to musical theater and dance – have been performed to critical acclaim at such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, London’s West End, and Off-Broadway by such performers as violist Paul Neubauer, soprano Susan Narucki, pianist Alan Feinberg, and cellist Fred Sherry. He has received numerous awards, performances, and commissions. Currently Joel is writing Fallings, a multi-media music theater work with his brother and librettist Seth Friedman for Susan Narucki and is a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA).

Joel received his Mus.B and MM in Composition from Boston University where he studied with Joyce Mekeel and Theodore Antoniou among others. As a President’s Fellow he received his DMA from Columbia University studying composition and theory with Jonathan Kramer and Fred Lerdahl.

His works are recorded on the Jay/Ter, Crystal, and Americus labels, and are published by Samuel French and Grey Bird Music.

New to the Santa Clara University community, Joel and his family recently relocated to the area from New York. Joel previously taught at Swarthmore College, Seton Hall University, and Columbia University. In addition to theory, analysis and composition, Joel has taught courses in popular musical culture (The Beatles, Musical Theater, Jazz, and Rock).

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