Ash Stemke


Ash Stemke

Ash Stemke

Assistant Professor
Theory & Composition


  • DM, Florida State University

  • MM, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

  • PBC, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

  • BM, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


  • Music Theory

  • Aural Skills

  • Composition

  • Digital Music 


Ash Stemke “…simply composes music he wants to hear, because it is beautiful…and manages nonetheless to avoid the too-well-known and trite.” (Steven Kruger, New York Arts). His music explores elements of symmetry (proportion, balance and self-similarity) and trajectory (teleology, argumentativeness and transformation). In 2020, his commissioned film score Launch Sequence (written in 2014 for Georges Méliès’ "Le Voyage dans la Lune") will be sent on a literal trajectory — a 238,900-mile journey to the moon (!) — as part of Carnegie-Mellon University’s MoonArk project.

Dr. Stemke recently won first prize in the San Francisco Choral Artists’ New Voices Project and was honorably mentioned by the MidCities Chamber Singers and the Uproar Duo. His music has been performed by yMusic, the Boston New Music Initiative, the Semiosis Quartet, duo per se and the Tallis Chamber Orchestra, and has been featured at events such as New Music on the Bayou, NSEME, DIGITECH, the FSU Festival of New Music, numerous SCI conferences and the Schoenberg Academy in Vienna, Austria.

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