Postdoctoral Program

Postdoctoral Program

Since 2017, the Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition has provided composers in the early stages of their careers with the opportunity to join the dynamic, collaborative, and interdisciplinary environment for the creation, performance, and study of new music at the University of Chicago.

Through the Postdoctoral Researcher program, we have had the honor of supporting six exemplary composers, who continue to flourish in their careers:

2022-2023 -  Ania Vu 
2021-2022 - Felipe Tovar-Henao

2020-2021 - Dongryul Lee
2019-2020 - Ashkan Behzadi
2018-2019 - Tonia Ko
2017-2018 - Aaron Helgeson


For the academic year 2023/24, resources for the Postdoctoral Program will be allocated toward other new-music initiatives.

Please check back in autumn 2023 for a potential CCCC 2024/25 Postdoctoral Researcher position.

Thank you.

2022-23 Postdoctoral Researcher: Ania Vu

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The University of Chicago’s Center for Contemporary Composition (CCCC) is pleased to announce composer and pianist Ania Vu as the 2022-23 Postdoctoral Researcher at the rank of Instructor in the Division of the Humanities. Vu will develop new works to be performed by the Grossman Ensemble and other guest artists during the upcoming season. She will also teach an undergraduate course, provide composition lessons, and participate in the Center’s workshops and events.  

“Ania Vu’s music is elegant, nuanced, personal, and radiant. The dramatic landscapes she conjures are spellbinding and reveal a kaleidoscopic craft. She is following her personal creative star and her inspiring compositions are evocative and tell stories,” said University Professor Augusta Read Thomas, Director of the CCCC. Read more.