Joshua Clausen

Composer of Acoustic & Electronic Music

"oddly poetic, ranging from moshpit-inducing to tensely ambient."

    - Erin Belling, Wake Magazine

“the piece had a dynamic intensity to its influence of popular culture. I hope to hear Mr. Clausen’s work next year based on this promising debut.”

- A. William Smith, Computer Music Journal






Joshua Clausen is a Minneapolis-based composer. His works often inhabit stylistic interstices between chamber concert music, electronic music and varied popular forms exerting “a dynamic intensity to [their] influence of popular culture (Computer Music Journal).”

In 2016 Clausen was awarded a Composer/Sound Artist Fellowship by the Jerome Foundation. His recent works have also been supported by the McKnight Foundation, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and the Minnesota State Arts Board.  In 2017 he will study with the electroacoustic composer John Gibson at Atlantic Center for the Arts summer residency program, and compose for the East Coast Contemporary Ensemble’s Etchings festival.His work has been presented at numerous festivals and conferences of new music including the International Computer Music Conference, Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Electronic Music Midwest and the Spark festival.

Clausen has been commissioned by Wild Rumpus collective (San Fransisco), Milieux Percussion (Baltimore), AVIDduo (Dallas), The Dream Songs Project (Minneapolis/Los Angeles), the pianist Keith Kirchoff (Boston), saxophonist Kyle Hutchins (Blacksburg, VA) and clarinetist Sarah Porwoll-Lee (Minneapolis). He is a member of the Spitting Image Collective, a Twin-Cities group dedicated to composer-curated programming, and mentors young composers during the American Composers Forums’annual NextNotes initiative.

Clausen earned a Bachelor of Music degree (theory/composition, minor in philosophy) from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and a Master of Arts (composition, minor in art – time & interactivity) from the University of Minnesota, where his mentors included Douglas Geers, Alex Lubet and Judith Lang Zaimont.