Professor of Theory and Composition
D.M.A. - University of South Carolina
Office: 171 Russell Hall
Phone: (319) 273-5891
Jonathan Clarke Schwabe (Doctor of Musical Arts- University of South Carolina) is Professor of Theory and Composition, and chairs the composition and theory area at the University of Northern Iowa. His works have been premiered at the Spoleto Festival, the Eastman School of Music, the Society of Composer's Midwest Festival, the Conductor's Institute, and the Midwest Band and Orchestra Festival. His orchestral work As I Remember was performed at the Kennedy Center in the summer of 1999 and has received numerous subsequent performances in the United States and Europe.
In 2000 and 2004, his operas The Hard Years (in collaboration with librettist Beth Webb Hart), and The Sojourner (based on the Carson McCullers short story) were premiered at the Maude Powell Music Festival under the direction of Kevin MacMahon. In 2007 he composed songs for the musical comedy The Bake Shop Ghost in collaboration with author Jaqueline Ogburn.
His principal teachers include Samuel Adler, John Anthony Lennon, and Dick Goodwin. He has participated in masterclasses with David Diamond, David Amram, and Karel Husa among others. His music is published by Musikverlag Bruno Uetz and Alafia Press.