Dr Rodney A Waschka II


Teaching and Research Interests

Music Composition, Algorithmic Composition, Electronic Music


Minimal Fitness Functions for Genetic Algorithms in Music

Dynamical Systems as Compositional Algorithms


Recent and Upcoming Recordings:

Composer, Film Noir Trailer, for two speaking flutists, Iwona Glinka, flutes. Kwidzyn, Poland: Phasma Records 004, September, 2018. 

Composer, Au Revoir, Svetozar, for string quartet and zheng, performed by the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble. Hobart, Australia: Ablaze Records, AR 00032, March, 2017. 

Recent and Upcoming Performances and Publications:

Waschka's pieces in bold italics:

May 5, 2019: Considering Jupiter performed at the North Carolina Museum of Art by Olga Kleiankina with real-time visuals by Emil Polyak.

November 8-10, 2018: Premiere of A Portrait of Paul Berg at the Electro-Acoustic Barn Dance Festival in Jacksonville, Florida.

April 3, 2018: Performance by the Coastal Winds Quintet of Nikolai Vavilov Considers the Future of Science at East Carolina University.

March 27, 2018: Premiere of Nikolai Vavilov Considers the Future of Science given by the Coastal Winds Quintet (to whom the piece is dedicated) in Raleigh.

March 15, 2018: Performance of Ravel Remembers Fascism given by Jonathan Kramer at Campbell University.

February 15, 2018: Performance of Singing in Trafficgiven by Allan Ware in Thompson Hall in Raleigh.

February 9, 2018: Performance of Singing in Traffic given by Craig Hultgren at the Electro-Acoustic Barn Dance in Jacksonville, Florida.

February 4 2018: Premiere of Considering Jupiter for piano, electronic music, and realtime video in Raleigh, given by pianist Olga Kleiankina. Video by Emil Polyak.

December 18, 2017: Premiere performance of Film Noir Trailer in the Municipal Conservatory, Patros, Greece. Iwona Glinka and Renata Guzik, performers.

October 18, 2017: Performance by Waschka in Truitt Auditorium, Raleigh. Works by Pauline Oliveros, Stuart Saunders Smith, Antonio Ferreira, Philip Corner, Dennis H. Miller, Bill Alves, Alison Knowles and Waschka's Summer Song.

September 27, 2017: Broadcast of Au Revoir, Svetozar on WPRB's Classical Discoveries program.

September 26, 2017: Premiere of Essay: Déploration sur la mort de Jean-Claude Rissetfor violin and tape given by Jennifer Curtis in Raleigh.

September 18, 2017: Performance of Singing in Traffic given by Allan Ware in Osnabruck, Germany.

September 8, 2017: Performance of At Least 21... given by the Great Noise Ensemble at the West Fork New Music Festival.

R. Waschka II, "Minimal Fitness Functions in Genetic Algorithms for the Composition of Piano Music" Proceedings of the 2015 ICMC, San Francisco: ICMA, 2015, pp. 408-411.


Director of the Arts Studies Program


  • Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Composition: Computer Music/Media from the University of North Texas