Jonah Elrod


Jonah Elrod is a composer who researches and incorporates cycles and signals from the Earth into his music. His compositions have been performed at numerous new music festivals including the John Donald Robb Composers Symposium, the Midwest Composers Symposium, the Exchange of Midwest Composers Conference, the Iowa Composers Forum, the Wisconsin Alliance for Composers Festival, the New Music on the Bayou Festival, and the New Music Gathering. His work Urban Sky Glow (2016) for marimba and live electronics is based on encroaching light pollution and has been recorded by percussionist Brian Baldauff and published on his CD, Canyon. Jonah’s work A Spotless Moon was the winner of the 2013 Scott Wilkinson Composition Contest, and The Vulture, a piece for solo mezzo-soprano, was selected as a winner of the 2016 One Voice Project, organized by Lisa Neher.

He currently serves as a board member of the Iowa Composers Forum, and is a member of the Society of Composers, Inc., SEAMUS, the American Composers Forum, the Baltimore Composers Forum, the Society of Music Theory, and the College Music Society. He has a PhD in music composition from the University of Iowa where he served as an Associate Director of the Electronic Music Studios.

As an educator Jonah recently worked as an Associate Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where he taught composition, music theory, aural skills, form & analysis, and was the administrator of the Computer Music Center. In the summer of 2017, he worked as an instructor of music composition and music theory at Camp COFAC, a summer music program for high school students at UW-Stevens Point. He also worked as a graduate instructor of record at the University of Iowa and the University of New Mexico teaching music theory, composition, and aural skills.