Dr Rodney Waschka II


  • Email: rodney_waschka@ncsu.edu
  • Phone: 919-515-5464
  • Address:
    Winston Hall 101, Box 7117
    NCSU Campus
    Raleigh, NC 27695


Waschka also directs the Arts NOW Series -- https://artsnowseries.wordpress.ncsu.edu/

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:

Performer, Jeff Morris: Hearing Voices (2020) CD; Jeff Morris, composer, computer music; Elisabeth Blair, Susanna Hood, Rodney Waschka II, Joseph Butch Rovan, voices. North Hampton, NH: Ravello Records, RR8033, 2020.    http://ravellorecords.com/catalog/rr8033/

Composer, Considering Jupiter, amplified piano and electronic computer music, Olga Kleiankina, piano. Lansing, Michigan: Blue Griffin Records, BGR505, July, 2019.

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 compositions in bold italics:

October, 2020: tentative rescheduling of a Performance of A Portrait of Jonathan C. Kramer at Campbell University.

April 22, 2020: Virtual premiere of 77  performed by Rebecca and Eric Willie of the Knoxville-based new music ensemble Nief-Norf on the Virtual Norf Space (http://www.niefnorf.org/virtual-norf-space).

March 7, 2020: Performance by John Sampen of The Definitions Aria at the NASA Conference in Tempe, Arizona.

February 9, 2020: Performance of A Portrait of Bessie Coleman, Harriet Quimby, Mary Lady Heath, and Ramonde De Laroche on the Multimedia Series at Montana State University in Bozeman.

January 22, 2020: Waschka performs Shoelace and music by Christian Wolff,  Kennedy-McIlwee Studio Theatre, Raleigh.

December 6, 2019: Performance of A Portrait of Bessie Coleman, Harriet Quimby, Mary Lady Heath, and Ramonde De Laroche at MusicBytes, Lewis University.

November 7, 2019: Performance A Portrait of Larry Austin in Raleigh.

October 25, 2019: Performance of Considering Jupiter given by Olga Kleiankina at the College Music Society National Conference in Louisville, KY.

October 13, 2019: Performance of A Portrait of Larry Austin at the Seoul International Computer Music Festival, South Korea.

June 20, 2019: World premiere of A Portrait of Larry Austin at the joint International Computer Music Conference and New York Electro-Acoustic Music Festival in New York City.

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

April 6, 2019: Considering Jupiter performed at the Smithsonian, Washington, D.C. by pianist Olga Kleiankina with real-time visuals by Emil Polyak.

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.


June 17, 2019: Keynote speaker at the international Music Meta-Creation Conference in Charlotte, NC.


Director of the Arts Studies Program.

Director of the Arts NOW Serieswhich presents concerts, lectures, and other performing arts events for the University community and the general public. The Arts NOW Series programs feature contemporary work in the arts: new works, new techniques, new interpretations and contexts, and new connections to older work.


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