Jonah Elrod is a composer and an Associate Lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He currently serves as a board member of the Iowa Composers Forum, and is a member of the Society of Composers, Inc., SEAMUS, The Society of Music Theory, the Wisconsin Alliance for Composers, and the College Music Society. He is a PhD candidate in music composition at the University of Iowa, where he served as an Associate Director of the Electronic Music Studios. Jonah has also worked as the audio engineer and composer for the O-ffended podcast.
Jonah’s music has been performed around the United States including Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. His work A Spotless Moon was the winner of the 2013 Scott Wilkinson Composition Contest, and his work Twin Dreams was selected for performance at the 2014 Midwest Composers Symposium. Jonah’s The Vulture for solo mezzo-soprano, was selected as a winner of the One Voice Project, and has been performed by Lisa Neher during her 2015-2016 concert season.
As a composer, he has been researching different cycles and signals from the Earth and incorporating them into his music. His recent works include a string quartet inspired by carbon dioxide measurements from Mauna Loa, a large ensemble piece generated from snow and ice data, and a piece for solo marimba and live electronics based on star charts and the encroaching light pollution hiding parts of our night sky.