Jeremy Sagala CV



Brandeis University – Waltham, MA

Composition and Theory, Ph.D., 2006.  Full Scholarship and Fellowship.
Dissertation:  “Material and Form in Davidovsky’s ‘Flashbacks’ and original composition ‘Lumen’“ 

Buffalo University of New York – Buffalo, NY

Theory, M.A. 2004
Thesis: “Rotational Arrays in the Music of Boulez

Boston Conservatory – Boston, MA

Composition, M.M. 2000
Thesis composition: “Lady Bathory”, an opera in one act
Pi Kappa Lamba Honor Society • Alan Hovhaness Scholarship

Berklee College of Music – Boston, MA

Jazz Composition, B.M. 1998.  Numerous scholarships. Magna Cum Laude honors



Adjunct Lecturer in Music (Fredonia State University, NY) 2010-present.

  • Current teaching load includes Theory I-IV (including Form & Analysis) and accompanying Aural Skills courses.
  • Analytical Techniques (Graduate level course)
  • Composition lessons and Electronic Music courses
  • Expressionism in the Arts, and interdisciplinary course covering film, poetry, literature, music and graphic art of the German Weimar Period
  • Upper level analysis courses, Music post 1945, and The Music of Debussy and Schoenberg.

Assistant Professor of Theory & Composition (Southeastern Louisiana University) 2007-2010.

  • Theory & Aural Skills Coordinator.  Responsible for development of the theory & solfege curriculum, and coordination of that curriculum among instructors.
  • Teaching load typically included Theory, Solfege, Counterpoint, Form & Analysis, Schenkerian Analysis, 20th c. Analysis, Electronic Music, and Composition Lessons
  • Thesis advisor for graduate music theory students
  • Webmaster for the Music department
  • Served on various committees, including faculty searches

Lecturer in Music  (Northeastern University) 2003-2007.

  • Theory I & II for Music Industry.  These courses involve traditional topics mixed with jazz and pop music theory/composition.
  • Musicianship I-IV  and curricular development of those courses, implementation of Practica Musica software.
  • Composition lessons with undergraduate students.

Teaching Fellow (Brandeis University) 2003-2006.

  • Assistant Director of BEAMS (Brandeis Electro-Acoustic Music Studio) (2004-2006)
    • Implemented software and hardware upgrades on several computers.
    • Tutored students on software and hardware use.
    • Served as technician and sound engineer for several electro-acoustic music concerts.
  • Basic Musicianship and Ear Training I-IV
  • Electro-Acoustic Composition  and Introduction to Electronic Music



Awards, Commissions & Projects 

  • Book publication: Form and Materials in Davidovsky’s “Flashbacks”: An Analysis.  Based on my doctoral dissertation, this is currently published by VDM Verlag of Germany. ISBN 3639000714.
  • “…through autumn into winter”.  CD Recording.   ASIN B002CLEGGE.
  • Commissions and performances of compositions in the USA, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
  • Numerous concert appearances as guitarist, cellist, and sound engineer.
  • Scores are published by Purple Wave Music.
  • Founding member of TrioXML, a new music group based in Münster, Germany.
  • Founded the new music group Ensemble Ilusis, a group dedicated to audience development for contemporary music
  • Previous Composition chair and panel judge of the Southern Chapter of the College Music Society.
  • Advanced software experience on both Mac and PC: Finale, MAX/MSP 7, Logic X, etc.
  • NEFA’s Meet the Composer grant recipient
  • ASCAP/SCI composition Regional winner and National Finalist

Festivals & Conferences Attended 

  • Masterclass with Tristan Murail, 2010.  (Tokyo, Japan)
  • CMS Southeast Regional Conference 2010 (New Orleans, LA)
  • CMS Southeast Regional Conference 2009 (Orlando, FL)
  • Visiting Composer in residence (Sept. 2008.  University of Central Florida)
  • CMS SuperRegional Conference 2008 (Baton Rouge, LA)
  • Composer in Residence, Wellesley Composer’s Conference 2005. (Wellesley, MA)

Conducting Experience:

  • Assistant Conductor of the Brandeis-Wellesley Orchestra (2004-05 season).  Facilitated rehearsals for the conductor and conducted the orchestra in rehearsal and in concert.
  • Professional freelance work includes conducting my own and colleagues’ compositions on numerous occasions in Boston and New York.  From 2002-06 I regularly performed as house conductor of the NewMusicBrandeis concert series.



Ensemble Works

  • die Grenzen der Sprache (fl, cl, tuba, pno, perc) 2014. Premiered by Ensemble Hörsinn in Münster, Germany, June 2014.
  • …through autumn into winter (flute, piano, Max/MSP) 2009.
  • le parallèle est devenu oblique (alto saxophone, piano, Max/MSP).  Premiered at Southeastern Louisiana University by Richard Schwartz and Kenneth Boulton, Feb. 2009
  • Signe (alto flute, electronics, stereo digital audio playback) written for Nicole McPherson (Fredonia, NY), 2009.
  • Still Life (with Resonance) (saxophone quartet, Max/MSP) written for a student quartet at Southeastern Lousisana University, 2009.
  • Jukai (樹海) (alto recorder, harpsichord, electronics, Max/MSP), 2009
  • Tenebrae (fl/alto fl, bs cl, vn, vcl, pno) commissioned by the New York New Music Ensemble, 2008.
  • Rho (pc/fl1/ fl2/ alto fl1/alto fl2/ bass fl) commissioned by David Fedele, 2007. Premiered at the National Flute Association convention (Kansas City, MO 2008)
  • Lumen (pc/fl/alto fl, cl in Bb/Bs. cl, vn, vcl, perc, pno) Commissioned by the New York New Music Ensemble, and premiered in March 2006. (Waltham, MA) SCI competition National finalist, 2007.
  • Symbiot (fl/alto fl, cl in Bb/Bs. cl.) – 2005.  Written for Jean Kopperud.
  • Games of Remembering (vn1, vn2, vla, vcl1, vcl2) Commission from the Wellesley Composers Conference, funded in part by NEFA (Meet the Composer) – 2005. Premiered at the Wellesley Composer’s Conference (Wellesley, MA)
  • spaces : between : time (pc/fl, cl/bs cl, vn, vcl, pno) – 2004. Premiered by the New York New Music Ensemble. (Waltham, MA). Multiple Performances by the ACME ensemble in Albuquerque, NM, and Phoenix, AZ. (2006). SCI competition National finalist, 2006
  • Woodwind Quintet – (fl, ob, cl, hrn, bsn) 2004. Written for the Arlington Chamber Players.
  • Lady Bathory (an opera in one act). (2 Flutes, 2 Oboes, 2 Bb Clarinets, 2 Bassoons, 2 Horns, 2 Trumpets, Tuba, Timpani, Percussion, Piano, Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Cello, Bass. Countess Bathory, a Soprano. Friedrich, a servant, a Baritone. Girl, a servant, a Soprano. Servant I, a Baritone. Servant II, a Tenor. Count Thurzo, Regent of the Land and Elizabeth’s cousin, a Bass. Offstage voices: Soprano I, Soprano II, Mezzo, Tenor, Baritone, Bass. -1999. Premiered at the Boston Conservatory (Boston, MA)

Solo Works

  • The Strand (3.262) (trumpet with MAX/MSP).  Premiered by Ensemble Hörsinn in Münster, Germany, June 2014.
  • silence hangs in misty layers (bass clarinet) – 2011. Written for Andrew Seigel.
  • les cloches isolées, la nuit vide… —2009. (cello, MAX/MSP).  Premiered at Southeastern Louisiana University with myself as the soloist, Feb. 2009
  • Solstice2 – (solo piano) – 2005. Commissioned and premiered by Steve Beck at Barge Music in NYC (2006).
  • Stalking the Wild Moon (marimba solo) – 2005. Written for Steve Paysen of DoublePlay. Premiered Oct  2006. (NYC)
  • The Brilliant Void (cello solo) – 2005. Written for Mike Finckel.
  • Black Moon (oboe solo)- 2003. Commissioned and premiered by Akane Inoue. (Waltham, MA)
  • Ænigma (solo violin) – 2003. Premiered by Dan Stepner. (Waltham, MA)
  • Monologue for Violoncello – (cello solo) – 1998. Premiered by Mihail Jojatu at the Boston Conservatory. (Boston, MA)

Electronic Works

  • immer ruhiger, immer tiefer (4channel digital audio) – 2013.
  • durch den Spiegel (4channel digital audio) – 2013.
  • Red Shift (quadraphonic digital audio) – 2009.  Premiered at Southeastern Louisiana University, Feb. 2009
  • On the Slow Side of Light (quadraphonic digital audio) – 2008.  Premiered at Southeastern Louisiana University, Feb. 2009
  • Stratum (stereo digital audio) – 2005.  Premiered at Brandeis University, Dec. 2005.
  • Psychonaut (a self portrait in moving picture) (video and sound) – 2001 (Buffalo, NY)