Todd Coleman

 

BIO

Todd Coleman is a composer, bassist, educator, and the founding academic director of Elon University’s Music Production and Recording Arts (MPRA) program, where he has taught since 2007. Coleman’s music and his teaching often explore the intersection of the arts and technology, blurring boundaries between disciplines and musical styles. In addition to composing music for the concert hall, he has written soundtracks for films, documentary television, and most recently, for interactive escape rooms that are like live action video game experiences.

He holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music (D.M.A. 2002, M.M. 1999) and Brigham Young University (B.M. 1996). He studied composition with Christopher Rouse, Joseph Schwantner, Augusta Read Thomas, David Liptak, Michael Hicks, Stephen Jones, David Sargent, and Murray Boren. Prior to coming to Elon University, Coleman taught at Grinnell College from 2003-07 and was a Curricular Technology Specialist in Fine Arts there from 2002-03.

Coleman's music has been performed by the Minnesota Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and the Ciompi Quartet, among others, as well as by many university-based ensembles and solo artists. His music for educational groups is published by Alfred Publishing and Falls House Press, a division of Theodore Presser.  

 

EDUCATION

D.M.A. in Composition     
Eastman School of Music
Studied Composition with Joseph Schwantner, Christopher Rouse and Augusta Read Thomas. Studied bass with James VanDemark.

M.M. in Composition
Eastman School of Music
Studied Composition with Joseph Schwantner and David Liptak. Studied bass with James VanDemark.

B.M. in Composition
Brigham Young University
Studied composition with David Sargent, Michael Hicks, Stephen Jones, and Murray Boren. Studied bass with Walter Birkedahl.

 

ABOUT HIS MUSIC

“Masterly orchestral craftsmanship... a feel for odd, refreshing sonorities, and expressive speech... More power to composers like [this].”
– John van Rhein, Chicago Tribune

“His music-making is naturally expressive and has an elegance that is compelling.”
Augusta Read Thomas

“I find his music strong, imaginative and well crafted.”
Joseph Schwantner

“[Coleman's music is] new and fresh without being unapproachable or tradition-bound... I found it to be touching and wondrous.”
– Glen Nelson

“The melodic invention, the craftsmanship of the presentation and above all the sheer luminosity of the textures I find very attractive.”
– David Tutt

“As usual, Coleman writes a music that is as intense as it is magical, as powerful as sensible. The solo seems to slowly, softly exit from the clouds of a dream to reach the final climax in the most natural, spontaneous way... There is a very intense singing, here, and a very clever play of timbres.”
– Paulo Tramannoni

“Wow! Beautiful!”
– Kim Wells

 

DISCOGRAPHY & PUBLICATIONS

EVIL Robots Soundtrack
2020 | buy on Apple Music

SEVIL Robots

 

Music from the Film Satori
2019 | buy on Apple Music

Satori

 

Country Girl (In a Rock n Roll World) | by Frank Hurd Band
2016 | buy on Apple Music

Cut My Hair

co-writer, music and lyrics

 

Flute Horizons | April Clayton
2012 | buy on Apple Music

April Clayton
Composed tracks 8-10, Flute Concerto: I. Rondo/Scherzo, II. Recitando, III. Finale.

 

MORMONIANA, Paperback Edition | Grant Johannesen
2005 | buy on Amazon

Book
Includes the complete score of sixteen compositions, the reproductions of the artworks that the composers selected, the CD recording, the essay, and the original editioned print. This paperback edition is NOT numbered nor is it specifically limited. 116 pages.

 

MORMONIANA, Audio CD
2005 | buy on Amazon

CD

Includes a 16 page booklet : includes the 5 minute piano version of Coleman's Exquisite Corpse.

 

Mormoniana, Collector's Edition | Mormon Artists Group
2004 | sold out

Book
Composed Exquisite Corpse. Played piano, cello and mixed on Exquisite Corpse