Jon Appleton


Jon Howard Appleton (born, 1939 in Los Angeles, California) is a composer, author and the Arthur R. Virgin Professor of Music at Dartmouth College and Visiting Professor of Music at Stanford University. He was educated at Reed College, the University of Oregon and Columbia University. With Homer Keller, he set up the electronic music studio at the University of Oregon.

A composer of both instrumental and electro-acoustic music, Appleton is best known in the United States for the latter, much of it composed for the Synclavier, a digital performance instrument he helped to develop. His instrumental and choral music is best known in Russia, France and Japan. He has used the Bohlen-Pierce scale ["John Pierce (1910-2002)". "Computer Music Journal", Vol. 26, No. 4, Languages and Environments for Computer Music (Winter, 2002), pp. 6-7.] .

Appleton has been awarded Guggenheim, Fulbright, National Endowment for the Arts and American-Scandinavian Foundation fellowships. He has been a fellow at the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology and M.I.T., and a Visiting Professor at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan and teaches each year at the Theremin Center at the Moscow Conservatory of Music.