Associate Professor of Music

Department: Music


Office: Bixler 217
Phone: 207-859-5674
Fax: 207-859-5635

Mailing Address

5674 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8856


Ph.D./M.F.A., The University of Iowa, 1981
B.M., Oregon State University, 1977

Areas of Expertise

  • Music theory, composition, and conducting
  • Computer music
  • Interactive multimedia
  • Literature and rudiments of music

Professional Information

Jonathan Hallstrom teaches music theory and composition and directs Colby’s music Maker’s Space. He has been the recipient of grants and fellowships from the Rockefeller, Exxon, and Sloan Foundations for his work in computer-generated sound and interactive multimedia and has been a featured composer at many national and international conferences and festivals, including SEAMUS, SCI, ICMC, The New Music America Festival, The Bourges “Sonneries Utopiques” festival and IRCAM’s Portes Overtes series. From 1990-1995, Mr. Hallstrom served as Consulting Director for the Juilliard Music Technology Center. He has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Keele’s Center for Music Technology in England and a visiting composer at The University of Lancaster (England), Marshall University, and Colgate University. As a conductor, Mr. Hallstrom has appeared with the Juilliard Symphony Orchestra, the Keele (England) Symphony Orchestra, L’orchestre du Dixième (Paris), The Bangor Symphony Orchestra, The Midcoast Symphony Orchestra and The University of Iowa and University of Wisconsin New Music Ensembles. Originally trained as a violist, Hallstrom has in recent years devoted himself increasingly to jazz performance (guitar) and is now a regular performer with various jazz ensembles around the state.

Courses Currently Teaching 2015-2016

MU153 A Introduction to Music Theory Through Composition
MU341 A Music History III: Music of the 19th and 20th Centuries