Mary Simoni is a composer, author, teacher, pianist, consultant, administrator, and amateur photographer. She is currently the Dean of Humanities, Arts & Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Professor Emerita, Performing Arts Technology at the University of Michigan.

Her music and multimedia works have been performed in Asia, Europe, and throughout the United States and have been recorded by Centaur Records, the Leonardo Music Journal published by the MIT Press, and the International Computer Music Association. She is the recipient of the Prize in Composition by the ArtNET Virtual Museum and named semi-finalist for the American Prize in Composition-Chamber Music. Her music is frequently recognized by Vox Novus.

She has authored several books, “Algorithmic Composition: A Guide to Composing Music with Nyquist”co-authored with Roger Dannenberg and published by the University of Michigan; and “Analytical Methods of Electroacoustic Music” published by Routledge. She is a Medal Laureate of the Computer World Honors Award for her research in digital music information retrieval.

Her work as a pianist and Steinway Artist specializes in the use of interactive electronics. Her compositions include the design of performance systems that extend the sonic capabilities of traditional acoustic instruments.

She has consulted for the Canadian Innovation Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the National Peace Foundation, and numerous universities and arts agencies throughout the world.

The Knight Foundation, the Kellogg Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs have funded her research.



“All religions, arts, and sciences are branches of the same tree.”

        -Albert Einstein