Composer David Dzubay shares music with students to promote modern art music

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Mikaela Gray

American Composer David Dzubay, professor of music composition at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, visited the BYU-Hawaii music theory classes to present his orchestra and ensemble works and artistic philosophies to music majors.

Dr. Daniel Bradshaw, music department chair, hosted Dzubay in his Music Theory III class. According to Scott McCarry, professor of music, Bradshaw studied with Dzubay as a graduate student.

Dzubay played a few of his orchestral works on his iTunes account while showing the students the sheet music. Conductor of the New Music Ensemble at IU, Dzubay also used some video recordings on YouTube from the ensemble’s concerts.

Dzubay said artists send him poems and create musical representations of the words. “I interpret the poem as sound, color, and texture to create a piece. Sometimes, I have vocalists sing the words of the poem along with the music.”

One piece students said they liked was “Producing For A While,” a new music piece based off a poem of the same title by Julie Choffel. A soprano sang the poem’s text, which Kaitlyn Bourne, a vocal performance major from Utah, said she thought highly of. “The way Dzubay composes fits the human voice. This is like a vocalist dream because it is so real and it feels so natural to sing,” she said.

“Seeing that ingenuity and his intuitive to be able to hear things and feel things is impressive,” said Bourne. She added how hard it was to find a composer who was at one with the music and the vocalist. “A lot of times it’s not internalized, and that’s what I love about his music is that it’s very internalized for him.”

Brinley Barrett, a sophomore majoring in music from Colorado, said she was excited to learn composition in music from Dzubay. “He is a very talented composer.”

For more information on Dzubay and his work, visit or his YouTube channel, David Dzubay.

Date Published: 
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Last Edited: 
Thursday, October 13, 2016