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Scott A. Lindroth, Professor of Music and Information Science + Studies and Bass Fellow of Music

Scott A. Lindroth

I am a composer of instrumental and vocal music.  My most recent works are T120, a piano trio composed for the Horszowski Trio (2021) and a Quintet for Soprano Saxophone and String Quartet (2019).  My current project is a quartet for flute and three strings, commissioned by the Electric Earth Concert Series. 

My teaching centers on technical aspects of music, including classes on music theory, composition, and transcription.  I also co-teach a course called "Music and the Brain" with Tobias Overath, a colleague in Psychology and Neuroscience.  This class explores the physiology and psychology of hearing and music cognition, a study that has enabled me to reconsider ideas I know well from an entirely different perspective, with the result that "old" ideas have become "new" again.   More marginal interests include some aspects of music technology: live sampling and signal processing, sonification, and computer-assisted composition.  

Aside from these professional interests, I enjoy working with machine tools as well as motorcycling on back roads in North Carolina.  

Contact Info:
Office Location:  Duke University Department of Music, Box 90665, Durham, NC 27708-0665
Office Phone:  (919) 660-3307
Email Address: send me a message
Web Page:

Teaching (Fall 2022):

    Biddle 104, MW 12:00 PM-01:15 PM
    Biddle 101, MW 03:30 PM-04:45 PM

D.M.A.Yale University1991
M.A.Yale University1989
MMusYale School of Music1982
B.M.Eastman School of Music1980

Research Interests:

Current projects: Work for Chamber Orchestra commissioned by a consortium of eight schools of music, Work for the Meehans/Perkins Percussion Duo

I compose instrumental and vocal music as well as work with electronic media. My most recent compositions Alarm Calls for wind ensemble, String Quintet, and Twitter Music for two percussion and electronics.

Areas of Interest:

Music Composition
Interactive digital music

Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • Bryan Christian  
  • D Edward Davis  
  • Kenneth Stewart  
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. S.A. Lindroth, Alarm Calls (2013)  [abs]
  2. S.A. Lindroth, String Quintet (2013)  [abs]
  3. with Todd Berreth (visual media), soundSpace (2/2013 - present)  [abs]
  4. Lindroth, SA, Teaching Composition: Artistic Growth Through Confrontation, Tact, Sympathy, and Honest, edited by Applebaum, M, Contemporary Music Review, vol. 31 no. 4 (2012), pp. 297-304, Taylor & Francis (Routledge) [doi]  [abs]
  5. S.A. Lindroth, Passage (2011)  [author's comments]

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