Jonah Elrod is a composer who researches different cycles and signals from the Earth and incorporates them 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.

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 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.

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Urban Sky Glow

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For marimba and live electronics. Urban Sky Glow explores how missing star light returns to our lives as we reduce city lights. The piece acts as an interpretation of the levels of the starlight magnitude of one particular area of the night sky. The marimba musically represents the stars that are visible in the different magnitudes. As we move through the levels of magnitude, city light is reduced, more stars are revealed, and previously visible stars become brighter. The fixed media creates both a contrasting artificial light as well as extensions of the marimba’s starlight. As we travel through the magnitudes we also engage in two Dreams which are variations on the starlight materials. Recording: Brian Baldauff, marimba. Available on his CD, Canyon.