CISMAT Boulder


CISMAT, the Center for Innovative Studies in Music, Art, and Technology at the University of Colorado at Boulder, is a research initiative began in 2007 through an Innovative Seed Grant. The mission of CISMAT is to explore the application of new technology in music and the arts, and to encourage the collaboration within diverse disciplines.

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  • John Gunther - Assistant Professor, Jazz Studies.

    John Gunther is a composer and multi-instrumentalist (sax, clarinet and flute) and recieved his PhD at New York University.  He draws inspiration for his composition and improvisation from diverse sources, from contemporary classical music to folk traditions from around the world.  He has performed or recorded with John Abercrombie, Tom Harrel, Dewey Redman, Thomas Buckner, The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and The Maria Schneider Orchestra and was composer in residence for The Toronto Fringe Dance Festival in 2003.   As part of New York city's "downtown" music scene for many years, he has produced five recordings for Creative Improvised Music Projects (CIMP) and is co-founder of the new music group, "Spooky Actions.”   He has received grants from “Meet the Composer” and the National Endowment for the Arts.

  • Russ Schissler - Odyssey Technologies, technical consultant.

    Programming, web-design, and all things technical, Russ brings his invaluable expertise to CISMAT with a musicians ear and artists eye.

  • Michael Theodore - Associate Professor of Composition

    Michael Theodore is currently on the faculty of the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he teaches music composition and technology. Theodore was born in 1968 and raised in New York City. Principal teachers include Lewis Spratlan (Amherst College, BA, Summa Cum Laude), Jonathan Berger, Jacob Druckman, and Martin Bresnick (Yale School of Music, MM) Roger Reynolds and Miller Puckette (University of California, San Diego, PhD). In the past several years Theodore's music has been performed by the Sonor Ensemble, Speculum Musicae, the Steven Shick/Maya Beiser Duo, and The New Julliard Ensemble, and has been featured in festivals in the United States, Europe, Japan and Australia. Theodore is also active as a multimedia collaborator, having created a number of works with dancer and performance artist Michelle Spencer.

  • John Drumheller - Instructor and Director of Music Technology

    John Drumheller received a BME from Montana State University and an MM and DMA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Drumheller has teaching experience in the areas of composition, electronic music, and music theory. His performance experience includes classical, jazz, and commercial music. Dr. Drumheller's compositions have won several awards including the 1994 Quinto Maganini Award. His piece Five Landscapes was selected from over 100 compositions from around the country and was premiered by the Norwalk (CT) Symphony Orchestra.