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Dr Rodney A Waschka II

ProfessorArts Studies Program Director

  • Email: rodney_waschka@ncsu.edu
  • Phone: 919-515-5464
  • Address:
    Winston Hall 101, Box 7117
    NCSU Campus
    Raleigh, NC 27695


Waschka also directs the Arts NOW Series -- https://artsnowseries.wordpress.ncsu.edu/

Teaching and Research Interests

Music Composition, Algorithmic Composition, Electronic Music


Minimal Fitness Functions for Genetic Algorithms in Music

Dynamical Systems as Compositional Algorithms


Recent and Upcoming Recordings:

Composer, Considering Jupiter, amplified piano and electronic computer music, Olga Kleiankina, piano. Lansing, Michigan: Blue Griffin Records, BGR505, July, 2019.

Composer, Film Noir Trailer, for two speaking flutists, Iwona Glinka, flutes. Kwidzyn, Poland: Phasma Records 004, September, 2018. 

Composer, Au Revoir, Svetozar, for string quartet and zheng, performed by the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble. Hobart, Australia: Ablaze Records, AR 00032, March, 2017. 

Recent and Upcoming Performances and Publications:

Waschka's pieces in bold italics:

November 7, 2019: Performance A Portrait of Larry Austin in Raleigh.

October 25, 2019: Performance of Considering Jupiter given by Olga Kleiankina at the College Music Society National Conference in Louisville, KY.

October 13, 2019: Performance of A Portrait of Larry Austin at the Seoul International Computer Music Festival, South Korea.

June 20, 2019: World premiere of A Portrait of Larry Austin at the joint International Computer Music Conference and New York Electro-Acoustic Music Festival in New York City.

June 17, 2019: Keynote speaker at the international Music Meta-Creation Conference in Charlotte, NC.

May 5, 2019: Considering Jupiter performed at the North Carolina Museum of Art by pianist Olga Kleiankina with real-time visuals by Emil Polyak.

April 6, 2019: Considering Jupiter performed at the Smithsonian, Washington, D.C. by pianist Olga Kleiankina with real-time visuals by Emil Polyak.

November 15, 2018: Performance of A Portrait of Jonathan C. Kramer, Kennedy-McIlwee Theatre, Raleigh.

November 8-10, 2018: Premiere of A Portrait of Paul Berg at the Electro-Acoustic Barn Dance Festival in Jacksonville, Florida.

September 19, 2018: Preview performance of 77 by Legal Wood, Truitt Auditorium, Raleigh.

April 3, 2018: Performance of Nikolai Vavilov Considers the Future of Science given by the Coastal Winds Quintet at East Carolina University.

March 27, 2018: Premiere of Nikolai Vavilov Considers the Future of Science given by the Coastal Winds Quintet (to whom the piece is dedicated) in Raleigh.

March 15, 2018: Performance of Ravel Remembers Fascism given by Jonathan Kramer at Campbell University.

February 15, 2018: Performance of Singing in Traffic given by Allan Ware in Thompson Hall in Raleigh.

February 9, 2018: Performance of Singing in Traffic given by Craig Hultgren at the Electro-Acoustic Barn Dance in Jacksonville, Florida.

February 4 2018: Premiere of Considering Jupiter for piano, electronic music, and realtime video in Raleigh, given by pianist Olga Kleiankina. Video by Emil Polyak.

December 18, 2017: Premiere performance of Film Noir Trailer in the Municipal Conservatory, Patros, Greece. Iwona Glinka and Renata Guzik, performers.

October 18, 2017: Performance by Waschka in Truitt Auditorium, Raleigh. Works by Pauline Oliveros, Stuart Saunders Smith, Antonio Ferreira, Philip Corner, Dennis H. Miller, Bill Alves, Alison Knowles and Waschka's Summer Song.

September 27, 2017: Broadcast of Au Revoir, Svetozar on WPRB's Classical Discoveries program.

September 26, 2017: Premiere of Essay: D├ęploration sur la mort de Jean-Claude Risset for violin and tape given by Jennifer Curtis in Raleigh.

September 18, 2017: Performance of Singing in Traffic given by Allan Ware in Osnabruck, Germany.

September 8, 2017: Performance of At Least 21... given by the Great Noise Ensemble at the West Fork New Music Festival.

R. Waschka II, "Minimal Fitness Functions in Genetic Algorithms for the Composition of Piano Music" Proceedings of the 2015 ICMC, San Francisco: ICMA, 2015, pp. 408-411.


Director of the Arts Studies Program.

Director of the Arts NOW Serieswhich presents concerts, lectures, and other performing arts events for the University community and the general public. The Arts NOW Series programs feature contemporary work in the arts: new works, new techniques, new interpretations and contexts, and new connections to older work.


  • Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Composition: Computer Music/Media from the University of North Texas