Music Theory and Composition Studies
Music Building 217
Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
M.M., San Francisco Conservatory of Music
B.F.A., Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
A singer and pianist, Joshua Fishbein composes vocal and instrumental music. His music has won awards sponsored by The American Prize, the American Choral Directors Association, BMI, the Belvedere Chamber Music Festival, the Boston Metro Opera, the Cantate Chamber Singers, the Cerddorion Vocal Ensemble, Chorus Austin, the Delaware Valley Chorale, The Esoterics, the Guild of Temple Musicians, the Hollywood Master Chorale, the National Lutheran Choir, WomenSing, and others.
During Fall 2015, Fishbein taught music theory at Johns Hopkins University as an adjunct faculty member of the Peabody Institute. Prior to that, he served as a full-time visiting lecturer of composition and theory at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Fishbein earned his Ph.D. in music from UCLA, where he directed the UCLA Early Music Ensemble. He completed his Master of Music at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) with additional graduate studies at the University of Maryland (UMD), earning UMD’s Distinguished Teaching Award. At SFCM, Fishbein served as assistant conductor of the Conservatory Chorus and won first prize in the Art Song Composition Competition. He earned undergraduate degrees in music and psychology from Carnegie Mellon University, where he won the Harry G. Archer Prize in orchestral composition. A native of Baltimore, Fishbein studied piano performance and theory at The Peabody Preparatory.
Fishbein’s composition teachers include Roger Bourland, Paul Chihara, David Conte, Richard Danielpour, Nancy Galbraith, Ian Krouse, David Lefkowitz, and Lawrence Moss. He has choral compositions published by E.C. Schirmer Music Company, Transcontinental Music Publications, and Yelton Rhodes Music.