Visiting Assistant Professor

Music Building, 108

Office M108
Gabriel Lubell is a composer, scholar, and astronomer. His music has been performed throughout the United States and Europe by numerous soloists and such groups as the Tesla Quartet, Barkada Quartet, and Intercontinental Ensemble. Always interested in writing music with applicability beyond the concert hall, current and recent projects have focused on such diverse topics as icons of classic rock, cnidarians, the ghost ship Ryo-un Maru, the physics of light and clouds, and landmarks of historic water infrastructure. He frequently collaborates with professionals in fields related to his compositions, leading to well-informed compositions that seek to both inform and arouse curiosity about mysteries of the world, big and small.
As an academic, Lubell focuses on issues of sound, space, and form in the music of Mozart, Schubert, and the classic rock era. He has presented his work at international conferences, published a book chapter on the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and is currently developing ideas for a longer study on the analysis of structure in long-playing rock albums. In addition to his musical life, he has published scientific papers on topics related to galactic structure and the stellar populations of evolved globular clusters. Occasionally, these diverse interests are combined; he has written about the use of sonification in astrophysical discourse, and teaches a course on the intersections of music, astronomy, and scientific thought.
Lubell earned a doctorate in music composition, with minors in music theory and history, from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He also holds a master’s in astronomy from IU, and an undergraduate degree from Vassar College. Prior to teaching at Macalester, he held positions at Knox College and Indiana University, where he received teaching awards from three different departments.
Artium Baccalaureus in music and astronomy (minor in physics) from Vassar College
Master of Music in music composition (minor in electronic music) from Indiana University
Master of Arts in astronomy (minor in physics) from Indiana University
Doctor of Music in music composition (minors in music theory and history) from Indiana University