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Fernando Benadon

Associate Professor Department of Performing Arts

Fernando Benadon oversees the music theory & composition program in the Department of Performing Arts.

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PhD, Music Composition, UC Berkeley
BM, Arranging, Berklee College of Music

CAS - Performing Arts
Katzen Arts Center - 214
Contact Info
(202) 885-3452 (Office)

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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

  • More Rhythmic Interactions in Two (or Three) Aksak Performances. Empirical Musicology Review (in press)
  • A Corpus Analysis of Rubato in Bach's C Major Prelude. Music Performance Research (in press); co-authored with Damian Zanette
  • Metrical Perception of Trisyllabic Speech Rhythms. Psychological Research 78:1 (2014)
  • Time Warps in Early Jazz. Music Theory Spectrum 31:1 (2009)
  • Gridless Beats. Perspectives of New Music 47:1 (2009)
  • How Hooker Found His Boogie. Popular Music 28:1 (2009); co-authored with Ted Gioia
  • A Circular Plot for Rhythm Visualization and Analysis. Music Theory Online 13:3 (2007)
  • Slicing the Beat: Jazz Eighth-Notes as Expressive Microrhythm. Ethnomusicology 50:1 (2006)
  • An Interview with Martin Matalon. Computer Music Journal 29:2 (2005)

Grants and Sponsored Research

  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Digital Startup Grant (2010)


  • “Intuitivo.”  innova Recordings (2009).
  • "Five Miniatures." On innova Recordings CD by Thelema Trio (2009).
  • “Song 72.”  On Albany Records CD by Noah Getz (2007).

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (2009)
  • Mannes Institute for Advanced Studies in Music Theory (2008, 2009)
  • Jaap Kunst Prize, Society for Ethnomusicology (2007)
  • Individual Artist Award, Maryland State Arts Council (2007)
  • League of Composers / ISCM composers competition (2005)
  • Aaron Copland Award, Copland House (2004)
  • Nicola DeLorenzo 1st Prize, UC-Berkeley (2004)
  • George Ladd Prix de Paris, UC-Berkeley (2001 - 03)
  • Fromm Commission, Tanglewood Music Center (2001)

Professional Presentations

  • Deep Syncopation in Hindustani Tabla Drumming. Analytical Approaches to World Music (2014)
  • Disentangling the Rubato-Groove Continuum. Society for Music Theory (2012)
  • Metrical Properties of Fusion Drum Solos. Society for Music Theory (2011)
  • Crossmodal Analogues of Tempo Rubato. Society for Music Perception and Cognition (2011)
  • Expressive Timing via Metric Hybrids. International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (2010)
  • Speech Rhythms and Metric Frames. Society for Mathematics and Computation in Music (2009)
  • Speech Rhythms and the Theorist. Works in Progress Series, Yale University Music Department (2008)
  • Bend it Like Bubber: Miley's Time in Creole Love Call. Society for Music Theory (2007)
  • Towards a Theory of Tempo Modulation. International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition (2004)
  • Absolutes and Relatives in Jazz Microtiming (poster). Auditory Perception, Cognition, and Action Meeting (2004).



  • The MacDowell Colony (2006)
  • Copland House (2004)
  • Voix Nouvelles, Fondation Royaumont (2002)
  • Wellesley Composers Conference (2002)
  • Tanglewood Music Center (2000)
  • Aspen Advanced Master Class in Composition (1999)

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