Matt Schumaker’s music engages with research into computer-assisted composition and interactive computer music with performers.
He received a doctorate in Music Composition from UC Berkeley (UCB), where he studied with composers Edmund Campion, Cindy Cox, Franck Bedrossian, Ken Ueno and David Wessel. Early on in his studies, Schumaker spent a formative year in Amsterdam, studying with Louis Andriessen. More recently, Schumaker moved to France through UCB’s Prix de Paris program, working closely with composer Martin Matalon while composing his dissertation piece. Soprano Ann Moss premiered this work, As I ride the late night freeways, with the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Milnes.
In recent years, his music has been performed by the Radius Ensemble, Dinosaur Annex, Winsor Music, Eco Ensemble, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble and by clarinetist Rane Moore at the Virtual SICPP 2020. From 2015-17, Schumaker was a Lecturer at UCB, teaching courses in computer music and music perception and cognition. During the 2018-20 academic years, Schumaker was an MLK Visiting Scholar at MIT and taught courses in computer music there through spring 2021. In fall 2021, he joined the Music Department at UC Santa Cruz as Assistant Professor.