Frost School to host Conference of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music on January 20-22, 2011

December 11, 2010 — Coral Gables, FL — The Frost School of Music at the University of Miami has been selected to host the 26th Annual Festival and Conference of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS). Some 14 concerts, sound installations, papers, and two special multimedia listening room environments will take place at the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus during January 20–22, with concerts occurring at UM Gusman and Clarke Halls. All concerts are free and open to the public.

This year’s festival features electronic music icon Laurie Anderson, whose has been called "America's multi-mediatrix" by Wired magazine and is perhaps the most noted performance artist in modern times. Other guest artists include computer-music pioneer Max Mathews, inventor of the first computer language to generate sounds digitally, and composer-author Jon Appleton, co-inventor of the first performance digital synthesizer. Concerts presented at the festival include a variety of compositions for laptop orchestras, surround-sound playback, video, acoustic instruments that interact with laptops, robotic cello, iPhones, and iPads.

Guest performers include the Greater Miami Youth Symphony, cello virtuosa Madeleine Shapiro, internationally renowned clarinetists Esther Lamneck and Arthur Campbell, and many others.

“Music and technology have co-existed for centuries,” says Associate Professor Colby Leider. “This event simply presents a snapshot of what creative people around the country are doing in the early part of this century.”

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Click here for PDF of SEAMUS 2011 Conference Schedule.


About the Frost School of Music
The Phillip and Patricia Frost School of Music is a world-class music institution with 100 faculty members and 700 students located on the Coral Gables campus of the University of Miami. The mission of the Frost School of Music is to foster musical leadership by providing an innovative, relevant, and inspiring education; advance performance, creativity and scholarship; and enrich the world community with meaningful outreach and brilliant cultural offerings.

The Frost School of Music’s Music Engineering Technology program offers a Bachelor of Music (BM) with a double major in computer science, or a Bachelor of Science (BS) with a minor in electrical engineering. Graduate music engineering students focus on many areas including digital audio processing and psychoacoustics. Alumni enjoy prestigious careers with industry innovators including BGW, CBS News, Digidesign, Dolby Laboratories, Doppler Studios, Disney Productions, EFX Systems, Euphonix, George Massenburg Labs, Harman International, Hewlett-Packard, JBL, Microsoft, NVC, Neotek, Neve, Sony America, 3M, Universal Studios, Yamaha R&D Studios and many more.

The Frost School of Music also offers programs in Media Writing and Production, plus Composition. Mentored by industry veterans, Media Writing and Production students develop music for video games, commercials and films. Several alumni have earned Grammy awards and nominations for their cutting-edge work. The Composition program is highly inclusive and encourages diversity of ideas and music expression. Frost composition faculty members regularly win professional awards and commissions and Frost composition students win top honors and awards with BMI, ASCAP and College Music Society. This tradition of excellence attests to the dynamic and stimulating learning environment fostered by the faculty of the Frost School of Music.

The Frost School is also the exclusive home of the Henry Mancini Institute which provides students with cross-genre performance opportunities in real-world professional settings, and the Bruce Hornsby Creative American Music Program which develops the creative skills of talented young artist/songwriters by immersing them in the diverse traditions of American songwriting. For more information, visit


Founded in 1984, The Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) is a non-profit national organization of composers, performers, and teachers of electro-acoustic music representing every part of the country and virtually every musical style. Electro-Acoustic music is a term used to describe those musics which are dependent on electronic technology for their creation and/or performance. Many members of SEAMUS, like Jon Appleton, the guiding light in the conception of the Synclavier, are recognized world leaders in their fields. All are dedicated to the use of the most advanced technology as the tools of their trade.

SEAMUS seeks to provide a broad forum for those involved or interested in electronic music. Through its journal, newsletter, national meetings, and its national archive at the University of Texas, SEAMUS seeks to increase communication among the diverse constituency of the relatively new music medium.

Conference Media Contacts:

Dr. Kristine H. Burns
President, Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States
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Colby Leider, Ph.D.
Director, Music Engineering Program
Associate Professor, UM Frost School of Music
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Elizabeth Amore
UM Media Relations
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Colby Leider is associate professor and program director of the Music Engineering Technology Program (MuE), in the Department of Music Business & Entertainment Industries at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.