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Lamont School of Music

Faculty: Composition

William   Hill

William Hill

William Hill has been critically acclaimed as a composer, soloist, visual artist, recording artist, and conductor. Currently he is Principal Timpanist with the Colorado Symphony and Grand Teton Music Festival where he also serves as a resident composer. Mr. Hill teaches music composition at the University of Denver 's Lamont School of Music. In addition to the Colorado and Grand Teton appointments Mr. Hill has served as a composer with the Colorado Symphony, Ohio Chamber Orchestra, National Music Festival, Academy in the Wilderness Chamber Orchestra, Cheyenne Symphony, Denver Chamber Orchestra, Colorado Music Festival, Strings in the Mountains Festival, and Denver Public Schools and the Nova Series of Salt Lake City.

  • Office:  Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Room 211
  • Phone:  303-871-6981
  • Email:  whill@du.edu
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Leanna Kirchoff

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Leanna Kirchoff writes vocal and instrumental chamber music, choral anthems, musicals and opera.  A native of rural Colorado, she draws inspiration from poetry, nature, mythology, and spiritual writings, specifically working with universal metaphors that speak to the human experience.

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Chris   Malloy, Ph.D.

Chris Malloy

Chris Malloy is Lamont's Composition and Theory Department Chair. His works have been performed throughout North America and Europe, by Elizabeth Keusch, the Master Singers, the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, the Auros Group for New Music, the Lydian and Alard String Quartets, the Boston Cecilia, the Pennsylvania Wind Quintet, Crosscurrents, the Warebrook Contemporary Music Festival, the Music on the Hill Orchestra, and others.

  • Office:  Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Room 322
  • Phone:  303-871-6983
  • Email:  cmalloy@du.edu
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Richard   von Foerster

Richard vonFoerster

Richard vonFoerster is active as both a teacher and a performer.  He teaches music theory and coaches chamber music at Lamont and also teaches cello and composition at the Community College of Denver.  He also appears regularly as principal cellist with the Cheyenne Symphony and as cellist with the Central City Opera Orchestra, the Confluence String Quartet, and The Playground, Denver’s premiere new music ensemble.  He holds a Ph.D. in Music from the University of Colorado.  Research interests include analysis of rhythm and meter, 20th century chamber music, and music theory pedagogy.

  • Office:  Newman Center for the Performing Arts
  • Phone:  303-871-6981
  • Email:  rvonfoer@du.edu
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