The College of Arts and Architecture

Paul Barsom


Paul BarsomPaul Barsom's works are performed throughout the United States and abroad. He holds degrees from the University of Arizona and the Eastman School of Music. His composition teachers include Joseph Schwantner, Christopher Rouse, Warren Benson, John Corigliano, Jacob Druckman, Robert Morris, Robert Muczynski, and Samuel Adler. His composition output is varied, including orchestral, choral, and chamber music. He is the recipient of awards, grants, and fellowships from such organizations as Meet the Composer, American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, National Association of Composers USA, American Music Center, Alea III, and the Eastman School of Music. He teaches composition and electronic music at Penn State and his interests include all genres of popular and world music, which figure prominently in his composition and teaching. His works are published by Ringing Change Music and Lyceum Press. Recent works include Making Merry Hoohaw Over Misery for oboe and fixed audio, commissioned by Timothy Hurtz for the International Double Reed Society Meetings in 2013 and Three Things You Didn’t Know About the Dark, for Bb Clarinet and fixed audio, commissioned by Tony Costa