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Kevin Ernste

Associate Professor

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Lincoln Hall, Room 337 & B27

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Eastman School of Music



Kevin Ernste is a composer, performer, and teacher of composition and electronic music at Cornell University where he is Director of the Cornell Electroacoustic Music Center (CEMC). He did graduate work in Music Composition at the Eastman School of Music (MA, PhD). In 2005, he was the Acting Director and lecturer at the Eastman Computer Music Center and Co-director of the ImageMovementSound festival. He is a founding member of the Cornell Avant-Garde Ensemble (CAGE,

His recent music includes Nisi [nee-see] (“Island” in Greek) for hornist Adam Unsworth soon to be released on Equilibrium Records,  Numina for Brooklyn-based Janus Trio (flute, viola, harp) presented recently at the Spark Festival in MN, Seiend for brass quintet premiered by Ensemble Paris Lodron(Salzburg, Austria, Roses Don’t Need Perfume for guitarist Kenneth Meyer (gtr. and electronic sounds, 2009) recently presented by Dr. Meyer on his 2010 Hungary/Romania tour, a piece for saxophone and electronics called To Be Neither Proud Nor Ashamed (recently released on Innova Records), and Birches for viola with electronic sounds for John Graham performed on Mr. Graham’s recent China tour (Beijing, Wuhan, Xiamen, Hong Kong) as well as at the Aspen Summer Music Festival.  Mr, Graham presented Birches again in August 2011 at the International Computer Music Conference  (ICMC) in Huddersfield, UK.

Ernste’s recent commissions include a new work for the JACK Quartet for 2012/13, a piece for french horn and electronics for Adam Unsworth (University of Michigan—Ann Arbor), and a half-evening-length work for viola, percussion, and “unmanned” prepared piano to be presented in 2013/14.

Links of interest:

Cornell Electroacoustic Music Center (CEMC)
Cornell Avant-Garde Ensemble (CAGE)


electroacoustic music


  • Music


  • Composition: electronic music



  • Neither Proud Nor Ashamed: New works for saxophone and electronics by Luciano Berio, Christian Lauba, Kevin Ernste, Jonathan Kirk, Nicolas Scherzinger and Randall Hall (performer)


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