Lori Dobbins

Phone: (603) 862-3252
Office: Music, Paul Creative Arts Center Rm M130, Durham, NH 03824
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Lori Dobbins holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, California Institute of the Arts, and San Jose State University. She teaches at the University of New Hampshire.

Dobbins has received commissions from the Koussevitzky Foundation, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Fromm Foundation, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, and Earplay, the Goddard Lieberson Fellowship from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and residencies at the MacDowell Colony and the Atlantic Center for the Arts.

Her works have been performed by many distinguished performing ensembles including the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Collage, New Music Consort, New Jersey Percussion Ensemble, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Earplay, North/South Consonance, Berkeley Contemporary Chamber Players, Women's Philharmonic, New England Conservatory Contemporary Ensemble, and the Brandeis Contemporary Chamber Players, and at festivals including the 14th Annual New Music & Art Festival at Bowling Green State University, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Cal Arts New Music Festival, Seattle Spring Festival, and the Society of Composers Inc. National Conference at Queens College in New York City. Fire and Ice, for chamber orchestra, has been released by Vienna Modern Masters (VMM 3018) and Sketches for Silvano is available on Capstone Records.

Dobbins has taught many music theory courses, composition, and a course on American music. In addition to music composition and music theory, her interests include jazz, American folk music, blues, country music, soul music, and early rock and roll.


  • Ph.D., University of California - Berkeley
  • M.F.A., Music, California Institute of the Arts
  • B.A., Music, San Jose State University

Research Interests

  • American music
  • Composition
  • Jazz
  • Music theory

Courses Taught

  • MUSI 405: Survey of Music in America
  • MUSI 411: Fundamentals of Music Theory
  • MUSI 412: Fundamentals of Music Theory
  • MUSI 779: Orchestration
  • MUSI 782: Analysis: Form and Structure
  • MUSI 994: Theory Seminar

Selected Artistic Activities

Homage to Clark Terry (2018).

Eleventh Hour composition for solo cello. Premiered on the Faculty Composers' Concert by Jacques Lee Wood, Bratton Room, UNH, February 15, 2019. (2018).

For the Fallen (2018).

Lament (2017).

For the Fallen (2017).

Did You Know His Name (2016).

Steppin' Blues, composition for Jazz Band (in honor of Clark Terry) performed by the UNH Jazz Band, Nathan Jorgensen, Director, Johnson Theater, UNH April 29, 2019. (2016).

Did You Know His Name? (2015).

I Have Given Myself to These Hills (2015).