Assistant Professor of Music
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
Area of Expertise: Music Theory, Aural Skills, Composition, Digital Music
Office: FA 541
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.