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About Randy R. Bauer

Bauer is a composer and pianist immersed in both the classical and jazz worlds, and teaches courses having to do with music theory, composition, jazz and improvisation. His compositions have received several national awards and have been premiered by such groups as the Brentano String Quartet, eighth blackbird, Nash Ensemble of London, Synergy Vocals, New Millennium Ensemble, Network for New Music, Tarab Cello Ensemble, Philadelphia Chamber Symphony, and many others. Performances have taken place at the Kennedy Center in Washington, St. Petersburg (Russia), Uppsala (Sweden), Berlin, Paris, New York, Baltimore, and Chicago. He has been a fellow at Yaddo, the Ucross Foundation, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and also received a major fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. He has previously taught at Princeton University (both music and American Studies), the Peabody Conservatory and Skidmore College.
Bauer has been teaching at Macalester since 2009.
EDUCATION: B.M., Johns Hopkins University/Peabody Conservatory of Music; M.M., Johns Hopkins University/Peabody Conservatory of Music; M.F.A., Princeton University; Ph.D., Princeton University.


Present Associate Professor, Music, Macalester College


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Honors and Awards

  • McKnight Foundation Fellow in Music Composition, 2013‐14
  • Composer‐in‐Residence, Renegade Ensemble, 2012‐2014
  • IronWorks Percussion Duo Composition Competition, First Prize, 2011


  • Improvisation and the Creative Impulse
  • Music Theory
  • History of Jazz
  • Composition

Contact Information

Music 103
Macalester College
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105


Compositions and Performances (22)

Recordings (3)