Drake Ralph Andersen

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music

Drake Andersen is a composer whose work encompasses acoustic and electroacoustic music for diverse performing forces of all sizes and categories, collaborative projects for dance and theater, site-specific installations and interactive electronic environments. His compositions have been performed at venues throughout the United States and Europe, including Symphony Space, the Park Avenue Armory, New World Symphony Center, and Teaterhuset Avant Garden (Trondheim). 

Dr. Andersen’s research interests include electronic music, the performance practice of experimental music, and virtual scores. He teaches electronic music at Vassar College.

BA, Macalester College; MM, Manhattan School of Music
At Vassar since 2017


Skinner Hall
Box 18

Research and Academic Interests

Electronic Music
Performance Practice of Experimental Music
Virtual Scores

Departments and Programs


MUSI 219 Electronic Music

Selected Publications

  • “The Laptop and the Printing Press: Divergent Visions of Democratized Musical Practice” in Lost and Found: Exploring the Performance Practices of Early and New Music. Eds. Rebecca Cypess, Estelí Gomez, and Rachael Lansang. (forthcoming)
  • “Spaces for People: Technology, Improvisation, and Social Interaction in the Music of Pauline Oliveros. Organised Sound. (forthcoming)
  • “Earle Brown and the Minimalist Dialectic.” Perspectives of New Music. (forthcoming)
  • “(Per)forming Open Form: A Case Study with Earle Brown’s Novara.” Music Theory Online 26/3. (Sep. 2020) https://mtosmt.org/issues/mto.20.26.3/mto.20.26.3.andersen.html
  • “What can they have to do with one another?”: Approaches to Analysis and Performance in John Cage’s Four2. Music Theory Online 23/4. (Dec. 2017) https://mtosmt.org/issues/mto.17.23.4/mto.17.23.4.andersen.php


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Drake Andersen
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Drake Andersen
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