Ralph Lewis is a doctoral candidate in music composition at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who is passionate about exploring, supporting, and understanding new musical expression. Active as a composer, music theorist, and educator, his work is often centered on creating welcoming, inclusive spaces and engaging less discussed music and technology. In 2019, he received one of ten Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Research Grant awarded throughout the US to support his music theory dissertation research about Aaron Cassidy’s Second String Quartet at the University of Huddersfield. Lewis’s community composition workshop All Score Urbana has served Champaign-Urbana residents since 2016, with its programs being supported by the Theodore Presser Graduate Music Award and a Urbana Arts and Cultural Grant. Most recently, All Score Urbana’s partnership with Urbana High School’s orchestras received one of the 2019 College Music Society Community Engagement Seed Grant Awards.
Lewis’s compositions have been performed at festivals and conferences throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Italy, and Australia, including SCI National Student Conference, Electronic Music Midwest, SEAMUS, College Music Society, Radiophrenia Glasgow, Boston Microtonal Society, the International Conference on Technologies for Music Notation and Representation (TENOR), and the Music for People and Thingamajigs Festival. Previously, he received an M.F.A. in Electronic Music and Recording Media and an M.A. in Music Composition from Mills College, a B.M. in Music Composition from Oberlin Conservatory, and a B.A. in Classical Civilization from Oberlin College.