Campus Directory: D. Andrew Stewart

University of Lethbridge

D. Andrew Stewart
Assistant Professor
Fine Arts - Music Department
Office: W860 (University Centre for the Arts)
Phone: (403) 329-2673


Composition, Theory, Music technology and performance

Research Areas

Digital musical instrument performance, Gesture-controlled audio systems, Sound mapping design, Real-time software systems, Human-computer interaction

About Me

Doctor of Music (D. Mus.)

Orchestral, chamber, interactive music composer and digital instrumentalist

Assistant Professor, Fine Arts - Department of Music | Digital Audio Arts
Board of Governors Research Chair
Integra Contemporary and Electroacoustics Ensemble, Director
     University of Lethbridge

Associate member
Hexagram - matralab
     Concordia University

Affiliate member
The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology
     McGill University

Associate Composer
     Canadian Music Centre


D. Andrew Stewart

D. Andrew Stewart has been working in the field of music composition since 1994. Stewart is a composer, pianist and digital musical instrumentalist.

Since 2000, he has been pursuing a career in live electronics - gesture-controlled - performance, after developing his own sensor-suit while living in Paris.

His educational background includes his time at the Institute of Sonology in The Hague, Holland. While in The Netherlands, he completed postgraduate studies in composition with Louis Andriessen and Martijn Padding and also trained in electroacousitcs with Gilius van Bergeijk, Clarence Barlow and Paul Berg. Andrew also holds degrees in music from Wilfrid Laurier University (advisor: Glenn Buhr), The University of British Columbia (advisor: Keith Hamel) and McGill University (advisors: John Rea and Sean Ferguson). Following postdoctoral research at Concordia University (advisor: Sandeep Bhagwati), Stewart moved to Lethbridge, where he currently teaches music and digital audio arts at the University of Lethbridge.

D. Andrew Stewart's practise centres around combining acoustic instrument and digital instrument composition, and establishing performance practises for digital instruments. To a large extent, Stewart's work has been supported by major awards, grants and research funding from organisations such as: Canada Council for the Arts; SOCAN Foundation; Le Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture; NUFFIC Foreign Government Awards Program; Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music, Media and Technology; Community of Research Excellence Development Opportunities Program.

His music has been featured in countries such as: The Netherlands, The United States, Germany, France, Mexico, Norway, Austria, Italy, Korea Republic and his home country of Canada. In addition, Stewart's music has been performed by: the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Esprit Orchestra, Penderecki Quartet, Canadian Composers' Orchestra, Toronto New Music Concerts, L'Ensemble contemporain de Montréal, Bradyworks, musikFabrik, orkest de ereprijs, Harmonie O&U Beek en Donk, het Malle Symen Quartet, Ensamble 3 and ROSA Ensemble, L'Orchestre National d'Harmonie des Jeunes (France). Stewart's residencies include: the Centro Mexicano para la Música y Artes Sonoras, Morelia, Mexico; Casalmaggiore International Festival, Italy; the composers' course in Radziejowicach, Poland (ISCM); Composer's Kitchen of quatuor bozzini, Montreal; the Tanglewood Music Center's summer session; R. Murray Schafer's And Wolf Shall Inherit the Moon, in which he participated annually over a period of ten years.

Stewart has also contributed to the field of music research through his paper contributions, performances and demonstrations at: the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME), International Computer Music Conference / International Computer Music Association (ICMC/ICMA), Electroacoustic Music Studies Network, Electronic Music Foundation, ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Canadian University Music Society, Society for Music Theory, and the Guthman Musical Instrument Competition.

Selected Publications

articles and proceedings

Stewart, D. A. (2011, June). The Power of One: Performance Modes on the T-Stick Digital Musical Instrument. eContact!. (Canadian Electroacoustic Community)

Stewart, D. A. (2010, June). Vigorous Music-making: The Inherent "Liveliness" of a T-stick Instrumentalist. (in proceedings of the 2010 International Computer Music Conference). New York, United States: New York University.

Pestova, X., Donald, E., Hindman, H., Malloch, J., Marshal, M. T., Rocha, F., Sinclair, S., Stewart, D.A. et al. (2009, Aug.). The Digital Orchestra Project (in proceedings of the 2009 International Computer Music Conference, ICMC / ICMA). Montreal, Canada: McGill University.

peer reviewed conference/symposia presentations

Stewart, D. A. (2010, August). The Power of One: Performance Modes on the T-Stick Digital Musical Instrument. (Talk delivered at the 2010 Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium). Toronto, Canada: Canadian Electroacoustic Community / New Adventure in Sound Art.

Stewart, D. A. and J. Malloch (2010, Mar.). Concurrence and Counteraction in Musical Gesture and Form. (Talk delivered at the 2010 International Conference of Music and Gesture). Montreal, Canada: McGill University.

Stewart, D. A. (2009, June). Digital Musical Instrument Composition: Limits and Constraints. (Paper / talk delivered at the 2009 Electroacoustic Music Studies Network conference, EMS). Buenos Aires, Argentina: Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero.

guest talks and lectures

Stewart, D. A. (2011, February). Shake, rattle and roll : Or how to create music for digital musical instruments. (Talk delivered at The Ghost in the Machine: Technologies, Performance, Publics; hosted by The Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas Improvisation, Community and Social Policy). Montreal, Canada: Schulich School of Music, McGill University.

Stewart D. A. (2010, December). The Power of One: Performance Modes on the T-Stick Digital Musical Instrument (Talk delivered at The Electronic Music Foundation Studios). New York, USA

Stewart, D. A. (2009, Jan.). Digital Musical Instrument Composition: Practising Air and the Superman. (Talk delivered to the Canadian New Music Research Group). Montreal, Canada.


Stewart, D. A. (2010, Jan.). Catching Air and the Superman. (Doctor of Music Thesis). Montreal, Canada: McGill University.


ROSA VIERT ROSA. (2007). Amsterdam, The Netherlands: ROSA ENSEMBLE.

don't panic!, 60 seconds for piano (2001) (Guy Livingston, piano). Mainz, Germany: WERGO.


Stewart, D. A. (2010, Apr.). Everybody to the power of one. (Performance at the CHI Media Showcase at the 28th Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems). Atlanta, GA: ACM SIGCHI, Georgia Tech.

McAdams, S. and D. A. Stewart (2009, Oct.). Workshop on Listening Through Time (Research workshop and Performance at the annual meeting of the Society for Music Theory). Montreal, Canada: CIRMMT, McGill University.

Stewart, D. A. (2009, Aug.). Everybody to the power of one, for t-stick sonor-jo. (Performance and at the 2009 International Computer Music Conference, ICMC / ICMA). Montreal: McGill University.

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