I am a composer-improviser and trombonist and a faculty member at the University of California, Irvine. I use this website to store course syllabi and information about my work at UCI. For information about what I do as a musician, please visit www.mdessen.com.
I am privileged to work at a public research university and to continue my own learning with diverse colleagues and students. At the graduate level, I’m part of a team co-directing a new, exciting PhD program called Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology (ICIT), and at the undergraduate level, I teach courses for both music majors and non-majors. Service to the university is also an important part of my work at UCI.