Alexis Bacon

Associate Professor of Composition

Alexis Bacon is a composer recognized nationally and internationally for her acoustic and electroacoustic music, having won awards such as the IAWM Search for New Music Pauline Oliveros Prize, the Ossia International Composition Prize, and the ASCAP/SEAMUS student composition commission. She has also received grants and awards from the Indiana Arts Council, the Percussive Arts Society, the American Music Center, and ASCAP, and commissions from artists including Due East, the Bro-Fowler Duo, violinist Robert Simonds, and multiple consortiums comprising over fifty musicians headed by Duo Corcra, percussionist Brad Meyer, and saxophonist Wilson Poffenberger. In recent years her works have been featured at festivals including the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, SEAMUS, the International Society of Double Reeds Conference, the Florida State University Festival of New Music, the American Viola Society Festival, Electronic Music Midwest, the College Music Society National Conference, the Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival, and several North American Saxophone Alliance conferences.

Alexis Bacon began her composition studies at Rice University, where she completed her Bachelors degree in both music composition and viola performance, subsequently traveling to France as a Fulbright scholar where she studied composition with Betsy Jolas. She then completed her graduate studies in music composition at the University of Michigan where she studied with William Bolcom, Michael Daugherty, Evan Chambers, and Susan Botti. She has taught at University of Michigan, West Texas A&M University, Indiana State University, and the University of Indianapolis, and is currently Associate Professor of Music Composition at Michigan State University. She spends her summers teaching electronic music at Interlochen Arts Camp. Skilled as both a violist and pianist, she remains active as a performer. More examples of her work can be heard at
  • Creative Work

    Excellent Sheep (for mixed chamber ensemble)

     Meditation No. 1 (for unaccompanied violin)

    Ojibwe Song (for percussion)

     Crossroads (for solo pandeiro and voice)

  • Contact 

    (517) 884-9401

    305 Music Practice Building
    East Lansing, MI 48824