Paula Matthusen is a composer who writes both electroacoustic and acoustic music and realizes sound installations often with diverse instrumentation. Her music has been performed by Dither Electric Guitar Quartet, Mantra Percussion, the Bang On A Can All-Stars, the Scharoun Ensemble, Brooklyn Rider, Alarm Will Sound, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), The Glass Farm Ensemble, the and Estonian National Ballet. Her work has been performed at numerous venues and festivals in America and Europe, including the Tanglewood Festival, the MusicNOW Series of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Ecstatic Music Festival, Other Minds, Merkin Concert Hall, the Aspen Music Festival, MassMoCA, SEAMUS, and others. She performs live-electronics frequently, often with Object Collection, and through the theater company Kinderdeutsch Projekts.
Paula’s awards include honors from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Fulbright Grant, two ASCAP Awards, the Elliott Carter Rome Prize and many others. Paula has also held residencies at The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, STEIM, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. Paula completed her Ph.D. at New York University. She was Director of Music Technology at Florida International University where she founded the FLEA Laptop Ensemble. Paula is currently Assistant Professor of Music at Wesleyan University, where she teaches experimental music, composition, and music technology.