Adjunct Instructor of Music
composition, counterpoint, 20th-century techniques,
instrumentation and arranging, Composers Guild advisor
B.M. East Carolina University
M.M. theory and composition, New England Conservatory
Travis Alford has taught classes in the area of composition, music theory and music history at Gordon College since 2010. He is a composer, trumpet player and improviser in the Boston area. His music has been widely performed at such venues as the June in Buffalo Festival; the Composers Conference at Wellesley College; New Music on the Point; Symphony Space in Manhattan; the Auditorium Sede Museale di Santa Caterina in Treviso, Italy; and the International Trumpet Seminar in Kalavrita, Greece. Groups that have performed his compositions include the Meridian Arts Ensemble, Talujon Percussion Group, the Genkin Philharmonic, Wild Rumpus New Music, the East Coast Contemporary Ensemble, L’Arsenale and members of the JACK Quartet and the New York New Music Ensemble. He has received awards and grants from the League of Composers/ISCM, ASCAP, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, the American Composers Alliance, and the Brandeis Office of the Arts.
An active freelance musician, Mr. Alford is committed to the promotion of new music, playing regularly for concerts and premieres of his colleagues. He has served as co-director of the New Music Brandeis Concert Series and the Comprovised Experimental Music Series, and is a member of the Brandeis-based composer/improv ensemble The Gentlemen’s Very (Very) High Art Society of South Waltham. He also directs the Park Street Brass, based at Park Street Church in Boston.
In addition to teaching at Gordon College, Mr. Alford is an Affiliated Artist at MIT, and a doctoral fellow at Brandeis University. His primary teachers have included Yu-Hui Chang, Eric Chasalow, Lee Hyla, Edward Jacobs, David Rakowski, Mark Richardson and Melinda Wagner.