Assistant Professor of Music (Composition, Music Theory), Coordinator of Music Theory Area
On Faculty since 2002
Office: McAlister Hall 133
Ph.D., music composition, University of Chicago, 2009
M.M., music composition, Northern Illinois University, 2000
B.M., music composition, Northern Illinois University, 1998
About David M. Gordon
David M. Gordon holds a Ph.D. in music composition from the University of Chicago, as well as B.M. and M.M. degrees in composition from Northern Illinois University. His principal composition teachers include Shulamit Ran, Marta Ptaszynska, and Jan Bach. Dr. Gordon has served on the faculty of Wheaton College since 2002 and presently teaches courses in composition, music theory, and aural skills. Among his main areas of interest are microtonality, non-Western and experimental instruments, contemporary art music, tuning theory, rhythmic and metric theory, the music of Radiohead, and music notation.
Dr. Gordon has written works for a variety of performers and ensembles, including eighth blackbird, the Pacifica Quartet, the Chicago Sinfonietta, Contempo, Aguavá New Music Ensemble, the Motion Trio, soprano Kayleen Sánchez, pianists Daniel Paul Horn and Paul Sánchez, saxophonist Joren Cain, and steelpan virtuoso Liam Teague. His music has also been featured at numerous distinguished venues and events, including the Tanglewood Festival of Contemporary Music, the Singapore International Festival of Arts, the Ojai Music Festival, the Caramoor Music Festival, the Bang on a Can Summer Festival, the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, the Deer Valley Music Festival, Chicago's Symphony Center and Millennium Park, and Philadelphia's Kimmel Center. Dr. Gordon lives in Wheaton with his wife, Valerie, and two children—Lydia and Miles. Further information is available on Dr. Gordon’s website.