Director of Studies in Music Theory and Practice
John Halle joins the faculty of Bard after serving for seven years in the music department at Yale University. Active as both a composer and theorist, recent compositions have been performed by the Meridian Arts Ensemble, the Cygnus Ensemble, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, the Locrian Ensemble, Fulcrum Point, flutists Ransom Wilson and Tara Helen O'Connor, and the Now Ensemble, among others.
He is a founding member of Common Sense, a composers' collective which will release its third CD on the Albany label. His "Mortgaging the Earth," based on a text by Lawrence Summers, has received more than 20 performances and will be included on the Sequitur Ensemble's upcoming Koch International release. Halle's scholarship focuses on connections between the mental representation of language and music. This work been published in scholarly journals and presented in invited talks at Stanford University, CNRS (Paris), the University of Missouri, and Columbia University.