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Dex Morrill

Charles A. Dana Professor of Music, Emeritus


AB, Colgate, 1960; MA, Stanford University, 1962; MusD, Cornell University, 1970

Teaching Experience

Guest musical researcher at IRCAM (Paris) 1980; Visiting Professor of Music, Stanford and SUNY Binghamton; instructor in music, St. John's University (NY), 1966-68; resident composer, Northern Illinois University Kansas State Teachers College, 1966; Ford Foundation Fellow "Young Composer's Project," 1962-64


Composition, jazz history and performance, computer music


Woody Herman: a guide to the big band recordings 1936-1987 (Greenwood Press, 1990); articles in Computer Music Journal, New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Pendragon Press, MIT Press, Bucknell University Press

Professional Experience

Guest Composer: Bad Ischl, Austria; Loyola College (Baltimore); St. Lawrence University; University of California, Santa Barbara; Ohio State University; International Computer Music Conference, Peabody Conservatory; University of Nebraska/Omaha Symphony; Stanford University; Oberlin College; University of Illinois, Cleveland State University; Dalhousie University; Louisiana State University


Commissions and Awards:

  • NY Foundation for the Arts, 1990
  • Stanford University NEA, 1987
  • NYS Arts Council, 1986
  • National Endowment for the Arts, 1974-1977
  • Tarr Brass Ensemble, 1981
  • commissioned works for Wynton Marsalis and Stan Getz


Centaur (recent compact discs), Redwood, Musical Heritage, Golden Crest and Capstone labels; performances of compositions in most European countries, Japan, Brazil, Canada, Argentina, and Australia; American and European concert tours of new computer music/trumpet performance