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Fernando Benadon Professor Department of Performing Arts

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(202) 885-3452 (Office)
CAS - Performing Arts
Katzen Arts Center - 214
PhD, Music Composition, UC Berkeley
BM, Arranging, Berklee College of Music

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

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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

Grants and Sponsored Research

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


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

  • Polymetric Phrasing in Rumba's Quinto. Society for Music Theory (2016)
  • Improvisations of a Quinto Player. Analytical Approaches to World Music (2016); with Andrew McGraw
  • Deep Syncopation in Hindustani Tabla Drumming. Analytical Approaches to World Music (2014)
  • Disentangling the Rubato-Groove Continuum. Society for Music Theory (2012)
  • Dynamic Exploration of Recording Sessions Between Jazz Musicians Over Time. ASE/IEEE International Conference on Social Computing (2012); with Darya Filippova, Karl Kingsford, and Michael Fitzgerald
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Spectrographic and Calligraphic Cues in the Identification of Jazz Saxophonists. European Society for the Cognitive Sciences (2003)



  • 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)