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Music Theory & Composition

Skye Van Duuren

MM Composition candidate
Graduate Teaching Assistant – Theory/comp

Prior Degrees

BM in Composition - University of Arizona (2014)


Skye van Duuren is a composer, trumpeter, arranger, copyist, transcriber, and tutor. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree, summa cum laude, from The University of Arizona.

Mr. van Duuren’s teachers of composition include Andrew Sigler, Jorge Variego, Daniel Asia, Alejandro Rutty, and Mark Engebretson. His compositions have been performed in academic and sacred venues in Knoxville, Tennessee; Tucson, Arizona; and Sylva and Greensboro, North Carolina. In 2014 he was honored with the Marion Richter American Composition Award and first prize in the Emil and Ruth Beyer Composition Contest. His newer work has explored just intonation, microtonality, and other alternative tuning systems in the contexts of fixed media and live performance.

His performance teachers include Catherine Leach (trumpet), Edward Reid (trumpet), and Moises Paiewonsky (jazz). He consistently placed in top-tier ensembles at The University of Tennessee, performing with Terrell Stafford with the UT Jazz Ensemble, and at The University of Arizona, where he performed with guest artists Ben Vereen, Bill Watrous, Sue Raney, and Michael Davis.

Mr. van Duuren is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree at the University of Tennessee, where he is the recipient of a Graduate Teaching Assistantship and a Penley-Thomas Graduate Fellowship, and teaches classes in aural skills. He intends to pursue a doctorate degree in composition and teach at the collegiate level.

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