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Rodney Waschka II

Director of Arts Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies

Winston Hall 101


Rodney Waschka II is perhaps best known for his music made with compositional algorithms and his theatrical pieces including three unusual one-act operas. An internationally recognized expert on computer music, Waschka also performs as a narrator/vocalist/actor — often with electronic music. His works are regularly presented across the world and recorded by labels in the USA, England, Portugal, Canada, Poland, and Australia. His poetry has been published in the New York Quarterly, RE:AL, Jones Ave., and elsewhere.

Waschka also directs the Arts NOW Series.


Director of the Arts Studies Program.

Director of the Arts NOW Serieswhich presents concerts, lectures, and other performing arts events for the University community and the general public. The Arts NOW Series programs feature contemporary work in the arts: new works, new techniques, new interpretations and contexts, and new connections to older work.

Research Publications

Recent Recordings:

Composer, Riding with Phil, flute and string trio, Iwona Glinka, flute; Yaroslav Tokarev violin; lias Sdoukos, viola; and Renato Ripo cello; album: “Teth”. Kwidzyn, Poland: Phasma Records, Phasma 023, June, 2021.

Performer, A Tuesday with Rodney (duration 20 minutes), for vocalist and real-time interactive computer music, Jeff Morris, composer and electronic computer music performer, on the compact disc, Hearing Voices: Human Sounds, Digital Ears, North Hampton, NH: Ravello Records, RR8033, 2020.

ComposerConsidering Jupiter, amplified piano and electronic computer music, Olga Kleiankina, piano. Lansing, Michigan: Blue Griffin Records, BGR505, July, 2019.

ComposerFilm Noir Trailer, for two speaking flutists, Iwona Glinka, flutes. Kwidzyn, Poland: Phasma Records 004, September, 2018.

ComposerAu Revoir, Svetozar, for string quartet and zheng, performed by the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble. Hobart, Australia: Ablaze Records, AR 00032, March, 2017.

Recent and Upcoming Performances and Publications:

Waschka’s compositions in bold italics:

November 9, 2021: Performance of Using the Internet by the Western Colorado University Percussion Ensemble, Benjamin Justis, Director, in Gunnison, Colorado.

October 26, 2021: Performances of A Portrait of Bessie Coleman, Harriet Quimby, Raymonde De Laroche and Mary, Lady Heath and A Short Letter from a Small Place along with a special preview performance of Cogito Lodewijk Heyligen featuring Kathryn Brown performing on clarinet as part of the Arts NOW Series.

October 21, 2021: Performance of A Portrait of Bessie Coleman, Harriet Quimby, Raymonde De Laroche and Mary, Lady Heath at Campbell University.

September 17, 2021: Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster documentary film opens in theaters in the United States. Watch the trailer here:

September 2021: Tom Moore interview with Waschka published in Sul Ponticello (in Spanish). Check it out here:

April 22, 2020: Virtual premiere of 77  performed by Rebecca and Eric Willie of the Knoxville-based new music ensemble Nief-Norf on the Virtual Norf Space (

March 7, 2020: Performance by John Sampen of The Definitions Aria at the NASA Conference in Tempe, Arizona.

February 9, 2020: Performance of A Portrait of Bessie Coleman, Harriet Quimby, Mary Lady Heath, and Ramonde De Laroche on the Multimedia Series at Montana State University in Bozeman.

January 22, 2020: Waschka performs Shoelace and music by Christian Wolff,  Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre, Raleigh.

December 6, 2019: Performance of A Portrait of Bessie Coleman, Harriet Quimby, Mary Lady Heath, and Ramonde De Laroche at MusicBytes, Lewis University.

November 7, 2019: Performance A Portrait of Larry Austin in Raleigh.

October 25, 2019: Performance of Considering Jupiter given by Olga Kleiankina at the College Music Society National Conference in Louisville, KY.

October 13, 2019: Performance of A Portrait of Larry Austin at the Seoul International Computer Music Festival, South Korea.

June 20, 2019: World premiere of A Portrait of Larry Austin at the joint International Computer Music Conference and New York Electro-Acoustic Music Festival in New York City.

May 5, 2019: Considering Jupiter performed at the North Carolina Museum of Art by pianist Olga Kleiankina with real-time visuals by Emil Polyak.

April 6, 2019: Considering Jupiter performed at the Smithsonian, Washington, D.C. by pianist Olga Kleiankina with real-time visuals by Emil Polyak.

R. Waschka II, “Minimal Fitness Functions in Genetic Algorithms for the Composition of Piano Music” Proceedings of the 2015 ICMC, San Francisco: ICMA, 2015, pp. 408-411.


June 17, 2019: Keynote speaker at the international Music Meta-Creation Conference.


Minimal Fitness Functions for Genetic Algorithms in Music

Dynamical Systems as Compositional Algorithms


Doctor of Musical Arts Computer Music/Media University of North Texas

Area(s) of Expertise

Music Composition, Algorithmic Composition, Electronic Music