Menlo-Atherton Academy of Contemporary Music



Menlo-Atherton Academy of Contemporary Music: About the Directors Page

Alexander Sigman, DMA

Executive / Artistic Co-Director

Maintaining an active international career as an educator, composer, artistic director, performer, researcher, and editor, Alexander Sigman received his doctorate in Composition from Stanford in 2010. He pursued further postgraduate study at the University for Music and Performing Arts Vienna and the Royals Conservatoire in The Hague (Netherlands), where he completed the one-year intensive course at the Institute for Sonology on a Fulbright fellowship. In 2008 - 2009, Sigman was a Fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany. Prior to Stanford, he obtained a BM in Music and a BA in Cognitive Sciences at Rice University.

Sigman has taught in a wide variety of contexts: as a Teaching Associate at Stanford, a middle and high school music teacher at Eastside Preparatory School in East Palo Alto, an artist workshop director for a class of 7-9-year-old students at a Montessori school in Germany, and as an adjunct professor in the Digital Audio Technology program at Cogswell Polytechnical College (Sunnyvale, CA), to name a few.

As a complement to his teaching, he brings a vast array of curatorial and organizational experience to MAACM. Sigman has served as Artistic Co-Director of Musiques Démesurées, an annual festival of traditional and contemporary music  held in Clermont-Ferrand, France, Program and Production Coordinator of the Stanford Pan-Asian Music Festival, and Managing Director of the young Netherlands-based contemporary music group Ensemble Modelo62.

His chamber works have been performed by renowned ensembles at major international festivals and institutions.  In addition, Sigman’s electronic, multi-media, and installation pieces have been presented at festivals and exhibitions worldwide. He has received numerous honors, awards, commissions, and fellowships in recognition of his compositional achievements, including a residency fellowship from the Djerassi Foundation (Woodside, CA), Columbia University’s Bearns Prize, and the American Composers Forum Encore grant.

Sigman’s research interests have ranged from 20th century music analysis and aesthetics to music perception and cognition to a study of early Schönberg songs, conducted at the Schönberg-Center archive in Vienna.  Several of his articles have been published in peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings, and books, and have been presented at international conferences and institutions. As Co-Editor of the SEARCH Journal for New Music and Culture, Sigman has edited articles on myriad topics across a broad range of disciplines.

In his spare time, Sigman enjoys traveling, attending cultural events, hiking, running half-marathons, and wine-tasting. He currently resides in San Francisco with his wife and cat.

Please visit Sigman’s website for more information on his current activities.