Stefanie Lubkowski received her bachelor's degree in Music and Technology and Guitar Performance from Connecticut College, in New London, CT. In fall of 2005 she will begin a masters degree in composition at New England Conservatory, where she will study with Lee Hyla. Stefanie's past teachers include Noel Zahler, Yehudi Wyner, and Pozzi Escot. Stefanie has written for various chamber ensembles and electronic media. Her most recent commission was El Hombre de Plata, an electronic tango premiered at the Auros Groups for New Music "Tangothen & Now" concert in Cambridge, MA.

Stefanie's musical interests and ambitions are wide ranging. She enjoys putting her iPod on shuffle and letting it spit out a mix of electronica, 20th century string quartets, Tom Waits, punk rock, 1930s orchestral tangos, Einsturzende Neubauten, early American blues, Beethoven, Johnny Cash, and opera. She hopes that one day her music will be heard on concert stages around the world, independent films, computer games, car commercials, radio (or its future equivalents), and anywhere else music is being enjoyed.

Sunday, July 31, 2005
Day Jobs

For the past week, I've been on vacation from my job at the Museum of Fine Arts. Which only means that I could spend more time on my second job: composer. It's a strange thing that to be a composer in this day and age means to hold two jobs for most people: whatever you make a living doing, and then composing. Right now I'm working on some electronic music that would most likely end up in the pop bins at a record store. In the last 6 months, I bought an array of electronic music software, along with a minimum of hardware, and I've been working on some modest projects to help me learn how to use all this stuff. I majored in Music and Technology, aka electronic music, in undergrad, but hadn't pursued it after graduation due to financial constraints. I had wanted to get back into in in the past year or so, after I realized that technology and pricing were such that I could run a decent studio off my laptop without bleeding my bank account dry. Then I got a commission for an electronic tango piece. Now I've moved on to some ambient works based around samples of my teakettle. Progress is slow as I struggle with learning Digital Performer, but no matter how many stumbling blocks there are, I'm reminded of how much fun this is.