Todd Coleman

Associate Professor of Music
Center for the Arts 235
2800 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244 (336) 278-5679

Professional Expertise

Composition, Bass, Coordinator of Music Production & Recording Arts

Brief Biography

Todd Coleman is a composer and video artist who works in the contemporary "Classical" concert music tradition, but whose works increasingly defy simple categorizations. Recent compositions have incorporated visual elements of multiple projected layers of digital video interwoven with live performers and immersive surround digital audio, blending studio recording and film scoring techniques with prerecorded electronic music and live sound. Coleman has a strong background in technology and the arts, with many commissions and jobs which blur the boundaries between creative disciplines.

Coleman earned his Bachelor of Music degree in composition from Brigham Young University, winning a number of awards and commissions for his work. He went on to study composition and double bass performance at the famed Eastman School of Music on a prestigious Jackno Fellowship, earning his Doctorate in 2002. His composition teachers included Joseph Schwantner, Christopher Rouse, Augusta Read Thomas and David Liptak, and he studied double bass with James VanDemark. During that time he received awards for his orchestral and chamber music as well as several commissioned works.

Coleman is an associate professor of music at Elon University in North Carolina where he coordinates the Music Technology program. Prior to coming to Elon, Coleman taught at Grinnell College for four years.


DMA - Composition & Double Bass Performance
2002 - Eastman School of Music

MM - Composition & Double Bass Performance
1999 - Eastman School of Music

BM - Composition & Double Bass Performance
1996 - Brigham Young University

Employment History

Associate Professor of Music & Coordinator of Music Production & Recording Arts
(2007 - present) Elon University Department of Music, Elon, North Carolina.

Assistant Professor of Music & Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow
(2003 - 2007) Grinnell College Department of Music, Grinnell, Iowa.

Curricular Technology Specialist for the Arts
(2002 - 2003) Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Music Technology
  • Critical Listening
  • Studio Techniques I
  • Studio Techniques II
  • The Art of Songcraft
  • Music Postproduction
  • Survey of Music Business
  • Instrumental & Choral Arranging
  • Art of Electronic Sound
  • Music Technology Senior Seminar
  • Electric Ensemble
  • Applied Composition Lessons
  • Applied Double Bass Lessons
  • Applied Bass Guitar Lessons
  • Honors Fellow Mentor
  • College Fellow Mentor

Leadership Positions

Barlow Endowment for Music Composition - Board of Advisors (2010-2015)
Chair of Religious and Spiritual Life Committee (2009-2010)
Co-chair of Multifaith Center and Identity Houses Committee (2010-11)

Service Activities

Currently serving as the Bishop of the Burlington 1st Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.



  • Fluent in Laotion
  • Converstant in Thai
  • Conversant in American Sign Language


  • Pro Tools
  • Logic Pro
  • GarageBand
  • Studio One
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign
  • Dreamweaver
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Shake
  • Motion


President's Gala Commissioned to compose Numen Lumen for Ciompi Quartet and organ
President's Gala Commissioned to compose In varietate concordia (Many & One), a celebratory work for Elon presidential gala
Barlow Endowment Appointed to Barlow Endowment Board of Advisors
Patchwork Cover Adieu for string orchestra selected for inclusion on the album Patchwork
Ever Elon Commissioned to compose theme song for Elon University's Ever Elon Campaign.
MTSU Wind Ensemble Pulse for Wind Ensemble Commission from MTSU Consortium
April Clayton Flute Concerto Commissioned by April Clayton and the Barlow Endowment
Exquisite Corpse Exquisite Corpse, Barlow commission for amplified cello, digital audio, & video
Mormoniana Mormoniana, commission for piano and digital audio
Grinnell College Recipient of 2-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship for research and teaching at Grinnell College
Eastman Awarded Belle Gittleman Prize from the Eastman School of Music
Minnesota Orchestra Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute Selection
Scorch Grand Prize Winner in $6000 Composing & Arranging Competition for Trees
CSO Chicago Symphony Orchestra: First Hearing Selection for Cryptic Crasis
Zemlinsky Finalist in Alexander Zemlinsky International Prize Competition
Howard Hanson Awarded Howard Hanson Orchestra Prize from Eastman School of Music 
MENC Won Biannual MENC National Student Composition Contest for Adieu