Jeremy Van Buskirk

Composer Jeremy Van Buskirk (b. 1973) is a native of Lockport, New York. His early musical training began with piano and saxophone. His musical life changed forever at age 12 when picked up a bass guitar and discovered his passion for writing and improvising music.

Jeremy' music has been performed worldwide by organizations such as Alea III, Longy Chamber Orchestra, Lorelei Ensemble, The Fourth Wall Ensemble, Redline Brass Quintet, Vento Chairo, Longitude, Aurora Borealis Festival, Electronic Music Midwest, Santa Fe International Festival of Electroacoustic Music, 60x60, SoundCrawl Nashville, SEAMUS, and ICMC. 

In 2010, Jeremy released a CD of his electroacoustic music entitled For the Love of Laughter on Tell-Tale Music Media. This release covers 10 years of work in the computer music studio at the Longy School of Music of Bard College. The CD is available through iTunes and Tell-Tale Music Media's website (

As a member of the Boston Composers' Coalition, Jeremy has collaborated with a wide range of ensembles. This past season included a new piece for Brass Quintet and two new pieces commissioned by The Rivers School Conservatory for the 34th Annual Seminar on Contemporary Music of the Young.

Jeremy has a passion for electroacoustic music pedagogy. To this end, he has developed several software programs designed to teach electroacoustic music composition. The Max Composition Environment (MAXCE) is designed to aid composers learning to write pieces using the MAX/MSP programming language. He also created a straightforward ear training program entitled EarDrills, and a series of programs designed for beginning electroacoustic music composers entitled Tools of Electroacoustic Composition.

Since 2001, Jeremy has been on faculty at the Longy School of Music of Bard College where he is director of the Longy Computer Music Studio. During this time, he started a yearly concert series at Longy entitled Wired for Sound. Wired for Sound brings new electroacoustic music from around the world to the Longy community.

B.M., Berklee College of Music; M.M. (Composition), M.M. (Modern American Music), Longy School of Music. D.M.A. (Compostion), Boston University. 

Priciple teachers: Lukas Foss, Richard Cornell, Joshua Fineberg, John Fitz Rogers, and Paul Brust.

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