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Thomas Couvillon

  • Associate Professor; Theory/Composition Division Coordinator
  • Ph.D., Louisiana State University
  • M.M., Louisiana State University
  • B.M., Loyola University


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Thomas Couvillon is an Assistant Professor in the EKU Department of Music,  where he serves as coordinator of music theory and composition studies.  His works have been performed in venues throughout the South and Southwest, including the Music Nouvelle Festival, the High Voltage Electro-Acoustic Music Festival, the 12 Nights Electronic Music Festival, the Festival of New Music at Louisiana State University and at regional and national conferences of the Society of Composers.  His music has also been broadcast as part of a regional public radio concert series.  In March 2007, he was commissioned to compose music for Where the River Bends, a three-hour documentary televised statewide on Kentucky Educational Television.  In 2008, the Kiev Philharmonic recorded his Aria for Orchestra for Volume 17 of the Masterworks of the New Era CD series.  Dr. Couvillon was recently selected as the winner of the 2011 Kentucky Music Teachers Association Commisioned Composer competition.  

In addition to composing music for a wide variety of traditional media, Dr. Couvillon has done significant work in the fields of electronic music and multimedia. In 2005, he was commissioned by the Sam Houston State University Dance department to provide the score for Return to the Land, a combination of dance, electronic music, and video, which was performed at the DiverseWorks Theatre in Houston, Texas.  His most recent project, Broken Beauty, combines digitally-generated video imagery with original electronic music.

Dr. Couvillon's music theory research interests include the music of Schoenberg, Mahler, Schubert and Schumann.  He has presented papers at Music Theory Midwest and at the South Central, Rocky Mountain and Texas regional theory societies.

Dr. Couvillon has previously held teaching positions at Sam Houston State University, Arizona State University, and Tulane University.  Dr. Couvillon holds the Ph. D. degree in composition and music theory from Louisiana State University.


MUS 281: Intermediate Theory III

MUS 283/483: Beginning Composition

MUS 383: Orchestration

MUS 886: Advanced Counterpoint


Subject  TitleDatesLocationTerm
MUS 262Musicianship IVTR 9:30am-10:20am Foster Building 300Spring 2018
MUS 282Theory IVMWF 9:05am-9:55am Foster Building 212Spring 2018
MUS 283Beginning CompositionF 3:35pm-4:25pm Foster Building 212Spring 2018
MUS 481Tonal CounterpointTR 11:00am-12:15pm Foster Building 303Spring 2018
MUS 483CompositionF 3:35pm-4:25pm Foster Building 212Spring 2018
MUS 889Advanced Composition I  Foster Building 322Spring 2018
MUS 890Advanced Composition II   Spring 2018
MUS 896Spec Proj in Comp, Pedagogy  Foster Building 314Spring 2018
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