Lawrence Fritts, Director
Daniel Frantz, Graduate Assistant
Will Huff, Graduate Assistant
Shane Hoose & Zach Zubow, Studio Assistant Emeriti
Lawrence Fritts is an American composer born in Richland, Washington in 1952. He received his PhD in Composition at the University of Chicago, where his teachers included Shulamit Ran, Ralph Shapey, and John Eaton. He is currently an Associate Professor of Composition at the University of Iowa, where he has directed the Electronic Music Studios since 1994.
His recent works combine instruments and voice with electronics. These have been performed throughout the world and are recorded on the Albany, Innova, Frog Peak, SEAMUS, and Tempo Primo labels. He has received awards from SEAMUS, the Bourges Electroacoustic Music Competition, International Look and Listen Festival, International Society of Contemporary Music, International New Music Consortium Competition, and the International Insitute for Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics. As a composer, he is interested in musical applications of mathematical group theory and has written a number of papers on the subject. He serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Mathematics and Music.
In 1997, he created the University of Iowa Musical Instrument Samples database, a collection of 22 orchestral instruments recorded in an anechoic chamber. These recordings may be freely used for any purpose without restriction and may downloaded by following the link at the top of this page.
Daniel Frantz received his BM in music composition and electronic music from the University of South Florida. There he studied with Paul Reller and Michael Timpson. He was awarded the Patrick Keim Memorial scholarship for composition in 2007, and received a talent grant for clarinet performance. He is currently pursuing his MA in composition at the University of Iowa.
Will Huff graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2008, summa cum laude with a BM in composition and from Butler in 2010 with a MM in composition. His professional career was launched by the Fort Smith Symphony when he was commissioned to compose a concert opener, Affirmation, which was premiered in March of 2008. Recent work has focused on solo and chamber groups as well as projects in Max.
Pursuing a doctorate degree at the University of Iowa, Will Huff holds a TA in Theory/Composition as well as assistant for the EMS, director Lawrence Fritts. He has studied composition under Robert Mueller, Michael Schelle, Frank Felice, and Lawrence Fritts.