I am a composer-improviser and trombonist and also a faculty member at the University of California, Irvine. I use this website to store syllabi and other information about my work at UCI. (For information about what I do as a musician, please visit www.mdessen.com.)
I feel 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 job, and I’m currently chair of the Music Department.