Assistant Professor, Composition

Eric Guinivan’s music has been performed by orchestras and chamber ensembles across the United States, Europe, and Asia.  His works have received several awards and honors, including three BMI Student Composer Awards, three ASCAP Morton Gould Awards, and grants from Chamber Music America, the Theodore Presser Foundation, and Meet the Composer.  Eric has received commissions from the New York Youth Symphony, Lake Union Civic Orchestra, the Firebird Ensemble, the Michigan Music Teachers Association, the Lotte Lehmann Foundation, and the Society of Composers, Inc., among others.

An active performer, Eric was a founding member of the GRAMMY-nominated Los Angeles Percussion Quartet and has performed with orchestras and chamber ensembles across the country.  Eric made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2011 performing as soloist with the New York Youth Symphony in the premiere of his work Meditation and Awakening for percussion and orchestra.  The New York Times subsequently described the work as "engaging," praising its "shimmering colors" and "frenetic energy."  Eric has also performed as soloist with the Downey Symphony and the University of Southern California Thornton Symphony.

Eric currently curates the new music website Composers Circle, which he founded in May 2012 with the goal of profiling one composer and one piece each day.  Now in its fourth year, Composers Circle has profiled more than 1,000 new works by more than 750 composers.

Eric received Bachelor of Music Degrees in Composition and Percussion Performance from Indiana University and holds Masters and Doctoral degrees from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.  Eric is currently Assistant Professor of Composition at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Composition Professors and Instructors

Jason Haney

Jason Haney
Professor, Composition/Theory Area Coordinator
haneyjx@jmu.edu
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Music Theory Professors and Instructors

Jason Haney

Jason Haney
Professor, Composition/Theory Area Coordinator
haneyjx@jmu.edu
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