Composition, Bass, Coordinator of Music Production & Recording Arts
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
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.
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)
Currently serving as the Bishop of the Burlington 1st Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.