Curriculum Vitae (PDF file will open in a new window).


Aaron Rosenberg has been living in Lowell, MA since 2012. He returned to his hometown of Boston in 2009 after nineteen years away. Much of his music is consciously informed by narrative, drawing inspiration from such varied sources as the Old West, fantastic chickens, high school randiness, and Bertrand Russell. More recently, he’s been taking a more absolute-music approach, as well as dipping into popular idioms.

As a teenager, Rosenberg attended the New England Conservatory of Music’s preparatory school, studying composition with Rodney Lister and Alvaro Cordero and piano with Darryl Rosenberg. After a year studying piano at Eastman with Barry Snyder, he earned a Bachelor of Music in composition from the Berklee College of Music, where he studied composition with Greg Fritze and Rick Applin and piano with Edward Bedner. Following a rather lengthy sojourn into semi-corporate America, Rosenberg earned a Master of Music in composition from the San Francisco Conservatory, studying with Conrad Susa and David Conte. He earned a PhD in composition from the University of Oregon, where he studied with Robert Kyr and David Crumb.

For his piano quartet “Pantomime and Pastorale,” Rosenberg won the San Francisco Conservatory’s Seventh Annual Kris Getz Award for Composition in 2003. The annual Kris Getz Composition Competition awards a commission to compose a work for young musicians, to be premiered by students in the SFCM Preparatory Division. During the same year, Rosenberg also received an honorable mention for his short choral work “Orphanage” at the Third Annual Choral Composition Competition, as well as an award in Counterpoint. In addition to winning several ASCAP Plus Awards (2004–2007, 2010, 2014), Rosenberg was awarded the USA Funds Access to Education scholarships (2001–2005), as well as the University of Oregon Ruth Close Musical Fellowship (2003). In 2006, the University of Oregon Graduate School presented Rosenberg with the Gary E. Smith Summer Grant, which was applied for study at the European American Musical Alliance’s month-long summer composition program in Paris. Rosenberg was a Graduate Teaching Fellow for twelve quarters (2003–2007) in the Music Theory department at the University of Oregon, instructing at all levels in keyboard skills, aural skills, theory, and analysis.

Rosenberg has been teaching music theory, musicianship, and class piano as an adjunct professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell since 2010. Since 2014, he’s been teaching music theory at Middlesex Community College in Lowell/Bedford. Rosenberg also has about twenty piano students at the Music Academy of Chelmsford and several he teaches at home.


Selected Works (See CV for extended list)


Humoresque – toy piano, piccolo
Broke Free – voice, piano
River Detective – voice, piano


A Contrivance – toy piano


Ascent – piano, violin, cello


The Bawdy Dogs – clarinet, trumpet, percussion, piano, string quartet
To Fill the Hour – flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, piano, percussion, 2 violins, viola, cello, contrabass


Once – English horn, 3 bassoons
The Crail Family, 1910 – toy piano
Friend – viola, piano


Trail Days – flute, clarinet, 2 bassoons, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones
Friend – voice, piano


Misty Valley Chickens – soprano saxophone, contrabass
Nico’s Epiphany – Balinese gamelan, piano
Three Rumi Love Songs – mezzo-soprano, piano


Crowd Scene – flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano
Unsaid – violin, cello
Animus Semotus – piano


Two Indiscretions – piano
Pantomime and Pastorale – flute, violin, cello, piano
Orphanage – SATB (text: Lorca)
Leave Me Here Crying (Ah!) – SATB (text: Lorca)


Quandaries – string quartet
A Quandary – orchestra
Rain Has Fallen – SATB (text: Joyce)