Dr. Mel Mobley is the holder of the Emy-Lou Biedenharn Endowed Professorship in Music.
Mobley is an associate professor of music and the head of music theory and composition at the ULM.
Mobley earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin, and went on to achieve a Masters of Music from the University of South Florida. He then earned his D.M.A from the University of Illinois.
In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mobley is in charge of the Electronic Music Studio and chair of the Composer in Residence Committee that brings a nationally recognized composer to the ULM campus each year.
As composer, conductor, performer, and advocate of new music, Mobley has been part of numerous premieres around the country. He has been featured as a performer and/or composer at contemporary music festivals including BONK in Tampa, Fla.; FunNewMusic in Champaign, Ill.; the Electro-Acoustic Juke Joint Festival in Cleveland, Miss.; and the SEAMUS National Convention in San Jose, Calif.
Mobley has also been commissioned as a composer by groups including the Monroe Symphony Orchestra and the chamber ensemble, Three-Headed Monster. His first opera, “Sylvan Beach”,was premiered in the spring of 2010 on the ULM campus. He also released his percussion trio with piano, “[pleez], (plez), /pliz/”, in January of 2013.
The ULM Wind Ensemble premiered Mobley’s newest work, “String Theory” at the LMEA convention in November of 2013. The Monroe Symphony Orchestra will premiere his other new piece, “Labored Breathing” in May of 2014. He is currently collaborating with the ULM Department of Dance on his new work “Babel” that includes live performers, dancers, electronic audio and video.
Mobley is a member of the Louisiana Composers’ Consortium (LCC), the Southeastern Composers’ League (SCL), the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music (SEAMUS), and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). He is also the treasurer for the state chapter of the National Composer’s Association, USA (NACUSA).
About the Endowment:
The Emy-Lou Biedenharn Endowed Professorship in Music endowment was established to encourage and reward excellence in teaching and demonstrate scholarly expertise in an appropriate field of music.