Associate Professor of Music Theory and Composition
Director, School of Music
Aleksander Sternfeld-Dunn joined the faculty of Wichita State University in 2011. His music is performed widely throughout the United States and Europe by groups like Composers Inc., The Kiev Philharmonic, The Conundrum Ensemble, the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra, and the Interlochen Chamber Players. Awards include a first place prize in the William R. Wiley Exposition in Fine Arts for his composition "Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano" in 2005 and an honorable mention for his string orchestra work “Evolutions” in the 2007 adagio competition, and Joker's Wild in the 2009 concerto competition held by the Fauxharmonic. He has also received grants from Meet the Composer and the Visual, Performing, and Literary Arts Committee. His music is published by FJH Music, Jomar Press, Dorn Publishing and can be heard on the ERM Media and Capstone record labels.
Mr. Sternfeld-Dunn completed his doctorate in composition with a minor in music theory from the Hartt School of Music. He holds a Masters Degree in Composition from Washington State University as well as a Bachelors Degree from California State University East Bay. His primary teachers have included Robert Carl, Martin Rokeach, Stephen Gryc, Charles Argersinger, Ryan Hare, Greg Yasinitsky, and Frank LaRocca.
As well as being an accomplished composer he is also active as a conductor and string bassist. As a conductor he recently guest conducted the new music ensemble Turn on the Music for their CD "The Darwin Effect" on Capstone Records. He has conducted various orchestras, wind ensembles and theatre productions. As a bassist he has held principal positions with several San Francisco Bay Area Orchestras, as well as numerous jazz small groups and big bands. He is the featured bassist on Bay Area jazz pianist Marty Namaro's CD "Abstractionisms".