Dr. Chris Peck

Lecterur, Music Technology

Daniel Afonso Bio PictureChris Peck is a composer, computer musician, and improviser who often collaborates with contemporary dance and theater. His career in the performance world has included collaborations with artists such as Beth Gill, John Jasperse, RoseAnne Spradlin, David Dorfman, Abby Yager, Ming Yang/Dance Forum Taipei, and Jeanine Durning; performances at venues such as The Kitchen and the Whitney Museum, and festivals such RoseLee Goldberg’s Performa biennials and the Venice Biennale; and numerous reviews in publications such as The New York Times and The Village Voice.

Peck collaborated with Deke Weaver and Jennifer Allen on Land of Plenty in 2008-2010, and made music for two installments of Weaver's Unreliable Bestiary: Elephant in 2010-11 (performing in the premiere at the Stock Pavilion in Urbana as well as subsequent iterations at the Sundance Film Festival and Salt Lake Arts Center) and Wolf in 2013. Recent projects include co-creations of music-dance works with LA-based choreographer Milka Djordjevich (MASS at The Kitchen, NYC in 2015) and Brussels-based choreographer Eleanor Bauer (MEYOUCYCLE at Kunstenfestivaldesarts in 2016). Peck also performs as an improviser with Jon Moniaci and Stephen Rush under the name Crystal Mooncone. The trio recently completed its fifth album, using material recorded in concert at Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). The album, Listening Beam Five, is now available from Innova Recordings.

Peck has also presented at academic conferences including the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, The International Computer Music Association, and The National Dance Education Organization. He holds an MA from the Electro-Acoustic Music program at Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. in Composition and Computer Technologies from the University of Virginia. In addition to Stanislaus State, he currently teaches music courses in the Global Arts Studies Program at the University of California, Merced, where he also directs the Experimental Inter-Arts Ensemble.

Peck is also working on a new music-theater piece with Eleanor Bauer, NEW JOY, set to premiere in Germany in 2019.


Chris Peck, Ph.D.

Lecturer in Music, Music Technology, Stanislaus State

Lecturer in Music, Global Arts Studies Program, UC Merced


Contact Information

Building Location:
Building #6: - See Map

Office Location:
M 3 - See Map

Phone: (209) 667-3421

E-mail: cpeck2@ucmerced.edu