Member Profile: Philip Schuessler
Philip Schuessler’s music explores the intricacy of subtle timbres and delicate dynamics through extended acoustic and electro-acoustic resources. His diverse output spans a number of different approaches including techniques of spectralism, indeterminacy and graphic notation, new forms of notation, ephemeral sound fabrics, microtonality, popular and rock music, and electro-acoustic music. Schuessler received his Bachelors Degree in composition at Birmingham-Southern College, his Masters Degree from the University of Miami, and his PhD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His teachers have included Charles Mason, Dorothy Hindman Dennis Kam, Keith Kothman, Dan Weymouth, Sheila Silver, Perry Goldstein, and Daria Semegen. He has had works performed by such ensembles as Yarn/Wire, Dither Guitar Quartet, Mantra Percussion Ensemble, violinist Graeme Jennings, TimeTable percussion trio, and the Gemini Duo; and his works have also been championed by such soloists as percussionist Daniel Kennedy, soprano Tony Arnold, and cellist Craig Hultgren. His music has has been performed at notable venues such as June in Buffalo, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga New Music Symposium, Birmingham City Stages Festival, Festival Miami, the Czech-American Summer Music Workshop, CCMIX in Paris, SEAMUS Conferences, ArtSounds in Kansas City, Artomatic in Arlington, Virginia, Electronic Music Midwest, New Music Forum in San Francisco, and the School for Designing a Society.