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Paul Oehlers

Associate Professor Department of Performing Arts

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Paul A. Oehlers is most recognized for his "extraordinarily evocative" (Variety) film scores. Films incorporating his music have screened at the Berlin International Film Festival, the Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema, the Indiefest Film Festival of Chicago, the Hamptons International Film Festival, and the Atlanta International Film Festival. His electronic music compositions have been performed in the United States, Canada, England, Cuba, Brazil, Germany, Italy, France, Korea, and South Africa. Paul was named the Margaret Lee Crofts Fellow by the MacDowell Colony for 2006.


DMA, Music Composition University of Illinois; MM, Music Composition, University of Illinois; MA, Teaching (Music Ed.), University of the Arts; BM, Music Composition, University of the Arts

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CAS - Performing Arts
Kreeger - T07
Tuesday 11-5; Wednesday 2-6
Contact Info
(202) 885-2746 (Office)

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See Also
Performing Arts Department
Audio Technology

Partnerships & Affiliations


  • Spring 2018

    • ATEC-596 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring: Sonic Branding Techniques
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    • MUS-021 Private Instrument Study: Composition
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    • MUS-022 Private Instrument Study: Composition
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    • MUS-121 Private Instrument/Vocal Study: Composition
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    • MUS-122 Private Instrument/Vocal Study: Composition
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    • MUS-334 Private Instrument/Vocal Study: Junior Recital, Composition
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    • MUS-434 Private Instrument/Vocal Study: Senior Recital, Composition
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    • MUS-791 Private Instrument/Vocal Study: Composition
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    • MUS-792 Private Instrument/Vocal Study: Composition
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

  • Film scoring, electro-acoustic music composition, sound design, post-production sound for film, audio production, audio recording, mixing and mastering


  • MacDowell Colony (Summer 2006)

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

  • 2006 Margaret Lee Croft Fellowship, MacDowell Colony
  • 2006 Prism Award, Outstanding DVD Release of the Year, “Most High” (film score)
  • Grand Jury Prize, 2005 Atlanta International Film Festival, “Most High”(film score)
  • Golden Starfish, 2004 Hamptons International Film Festival, “Most High” (film score)
  • 2000 Society for Electro-acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS)/ASCAP Award (2nd Place)

Professional Certifications

  • New Jersey Music K-12 Provisional Teaching Certificate
  • Pennsylvania Music K-12 Provisional Teaching Certificate


  • Anisoptera (2011) for mixed ensemble and electronic playback
  • Protolith (2010) for marimba and electronic playback
  • Three Songs After Anna Akhmatova (2009) for clarinet, cello, and electronic playback
  • Phreximus (2008) for electronic playback
  • Phoenix Rising (2007) for chamber orchestra and electronic playback
  • Acheron (2006) for electronic playback 




  • Lewis University, Romeoville, IL, 12 Mar 2012
  • Loyola University, New Orleans, LA, 16 - 17 Mar 2011
  • American University, Washington, DC 22 Sep 2010
  • George Mason University, Washington, 22 Mar 2010
  • Flat Iron Building, Chicago, IL, 19 Dec 2009
  • University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, 1 Oct 2009
  • University of Illinois - Chicago, Chicago, IL, 24 Sep 2009
  • Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL, 17 May 2009
  • Chicago Humanities Festival, Chicago, IL, 27 Oct 2007
  • Harris Theater, Chicago, IL,13 Mar 2007
  • CEJMKO Concert, Teatro Municipal de Pouso Alegre, Minas Gerais, Brazil, 10 Nov 2006
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL, 28 Oct 2006
  • New Music Chicago, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL, 14 May 2006


  • Who Speaks For Nature? (2018), dir. Larry Engel (film score)
  • In the Executioner’s Shadow (2018), dir. Maggie Stogner Burnette (film score)    
  • Rubi: A DACA Dreamer in Trump’s America (2018), dir. Carolyn Brown (film score)    
  • Wild About Hank (2016), dir. Emma Kouguell (film score)
  • When Mickey Came to Town (2016), dir. Sam Sheline (film score)
  • The Mama Sherpas (2015), dir. Brigid Maher (film score)
  • The Salinas Project (2014), dir. Carolyn Brown (film score)    
  • Chinatown (2013) 26:00, dir. Yi Chen (film score)
  • From the fields: An American Journey (2012) 26:00, dir. Carolyn Brown (film score)    
  • On the Line (2010), dir. Carolyn Brown (film score)
  • Hard to Be Me (2009), dir. Erik Cieslewicz (film score)    
  • Veiled Voices (2009), dir. Brigid Maher (film score)    
  • Sheika Stories (2009), dir. Brigid Maher (film score)
  • Most High (2004), dir. Marty Sader (film score)

Professional Presentations

  • (2012) SEAMUS National Conference
  • (2012) University of Huntsville - Alabama New Music Festival 
  • (2012) Cinesonika 2 Festival (film score)
  • (2012) SCI Region 3 Conference
  • (2010) International Conference on Auditory Display
  • (2010) New York International Film and Video Festival (film score)
  • (2010) Park City Film Music Festival (film score)
  • (2010) Lakeside Film Festival (film score)
  • (2010) Central Wisconson Film Festival (film score)
  • (2009) Al Jazeera International Documentaet Film Festival (film score)
  • (2009) Islamic Society of North America Film Festival (film score)
  • (2009) International Festival of Muslim Cinema (film score)
  • (2009) MESA FilmFest (film score)
  • (2009) Música Viva Festival (film score)
  • (2009) New Orleans Middle East Film Festival (film score)
  • (2009) Women of Color Arts and Film Festival (film score)
  • (2009) Women's International Film and Arts Festival (film score)
  • (2009) Los Angeles International Women's Film Festival (film score)
  • (2009) Celluloid Bainbridge Film Festival (film score)
  • (2009) SCI National Conference
  • (2009) Festival of Contemporary Music
  • (2008) International Computer Music Conference
  • (2006) International Computer Music Conference
  • (2006) Electronic Music Midwest
  • (2005) Atlanta International Film Festival (film score)
  • (2004) Hamptons International Film Festival (film score)
  • (2004) International Computer Music Conference



  • Electronic Masters Vol. 5. 2016, Ablaze Records. Acheron for electronic playback
  • The Mama Sherpas. (DVD) 2015. Tiny Leaps Productions/Bond 360
  • Electronic Masters, Vol. 1. 2012. Ablaze Records. Protolith for marimba and electronic playback
  • Veiled Voices. (DVD) 2009. Tiny Leaps Productions/Typecast Film Distribution, Inc. (AFD)
  • 50: In Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Experimental Music Studios. 2008. EMS-2008, University of Illinois Experimental Music Studios. Phreximus for electro-acoustic playback
  • Most High. (DVD) 2006. 2nd Act Films/Red Envelope Entertainment/Dokument Films
  • SEAMUS 11. 2002. EAM-2002, SEAMUS. Archetypal Infusion: MemEry2k for harp and electro-acoustic playback; Ann Yeung, harp
  • Origins. 2001. EMS-2001, University of Illinois Experimental Music Studios. Residual Impact for steel drum and electro-acoustic playback; Brandon Pool, steel drum
  • Passages. 1999. EMS-9900, University of Illinois Experimental Music Studios. Spawn for Electro-acoustic playback

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