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Mark Applebaum (Professor)

Mark Applebaum (650) 723-1656
Personal bio
Composer Mark Applebaum joined the Stanford faculty in 2000 and received the 2003 Walter J. Gores Award for excellence in teaching. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at San Diego and his B.A. from Carleton College. His solo, chamber, choral, orchestral, operatic, and electroacoustic work has been performed throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, South America, and Asia. Many of his pieces are characterized by challenges to the conventional boundaries of musical ontology: works for three conductors and no players, a concerto for florist and orchestra, pieces for instruments made of junk, notational specifications that appear on the faces of custom wristwatches, works for an invented sign language choreographed to sound, amplified Dadaist rituals, and a 70-foot long graphic score displayed in a museum and accompanied by no instructions for its interpretation. He has engaged in many intermedia collaborations, including neural artists, film-makers, florists, animators, architects, choreographers, and laptop DJs. He is also an accomplished jazz pianist and concertizes internationally with his father, Bob Applebaum, in the Applebaum Jazz Piano Duo. His music appears on the Innova, Tzadik, Capstone, SEAMUS, and Evergreen labels. At Stanford he directs [sic]--the Stanford Improvisation Collective--and was recently named the Hazy Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education and Leland & Edith Smith Faculty Scholar.

Currently teaching
MUSIC 156: "sic": Improvisation Collective (Winter)
MUSIC 156Z: "sic": Improvisation Collective (Winter)
MUSIC 323: Doctoral Seminar in Composition (Winter)
MUSIC 124A: Songwriters Workshop (Winter)
MUSIC 197: Undergraduate Teaching Apprenticeship (Winter)
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