Ph.D. in Composition, 2012
Hendel Almétus received a Ph.D. in composition from UC Davis in 2012. He was born in Haiti where he began his musical training at the age of 12. He earned a bachelor’s in music composition from the Houston Baptist University and a master’s in composition from the Eastman School of Music.
At Eastman he developed an interest in computer music, particularly in the area of synthesis and has, since then, used various sound synthesis software for some of his compositions. At the 2008 Image Movement and Sound festival in New York, he collaborated with a filmmaker and a choreographer in a multimedia work called Polarity that was performed at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He has written for ensembles of various sizes that occasionally include electronics. His music has been performed by the Empyrean Ensemble, Schola Cantorum, and various ensembles from the Eastman School of Music.