“Steinway is my musical inspiration.”

Mary Hope Simoni

Mary Simoni is a composer, author, teacher, pianist, consultant, and arts administrator. She is the Dean of Humanities, Arts & Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Professor Emerita, Performing Arts Technology at the University of Michigan.

She is the recipient of the Prize in Composition by the ArtNET Virtual Museum and named semi-finalist for the American Prize in Composition-Chamber Music. Her work as a pianist specializes in the use of interactive electronics. Her compositions include the design of performance systems that extend the sonic capabilities of traditional acoustic instruments.

She has authored several books, “Algorithmic Composition: A Guide to Composing Music with Nyquist”co-authored with Roger Dannenberg and published by the University of Michigan; and “Analytical Methods of Electroacoustic Music” published by Routledge. She is a Medal Laureate of the Computer World Honors Award for her research in digital music information retrieval. 

She has consulted for the Canadian Innovation Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the National Peace Foundation, and numerous universities and arts agencies throughout the world. The Knight Foundation, the Kellogg Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs have funded her research.

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