Svjetlana Bukvich-Nichols

Assistant Professor

composer and media artist Svjetlana Bukvich

“surreal, futuristic, troubling and triumphant” 
New York Music Daily 

"completely unique… a beginning of a new aesthetic paradigm"  

Prof. Svjetlana Bukvich specializes in hybridizing elements of classical, avant-garde, world and experimental music for dance, film, and the concert stage. 

Her music has been presented at numerous venues across the U.S., including The Kennedy Center, the Tribeca Film Festival, Rose Studio at Lincoln Center, Berklee Performance Center, New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), W.E.A.L.R. New Music Festival (CA), Alvin Ailey City Center, Williams Center for the Arts (PA), Opera America, and internationally, in Beijing, London, Helsinki, Yogyakarta, Johannesburg, Odessa, Birmingham, and Berlin, among others. 

Prof. Bukvich is the recipient of fellowships and commissions, most notably from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), New Music USA, USArtists International, American Composers Forum, New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), The Frances Richard Fund for Inno­vative Artists of Promise, O'Donnell-Green Music and Dance Foundation, and the Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue at Harvard. She is featured in the book In Her Own Words: Conversations with Composers in the United States where she is identified as one of the 25 outstanding women composers whose "processes can be viewed as alternatives to convention, for they expand accepted definition of composition and venue...".  She has collaborated with diverse ensembles and instrumentalists such as ETHEL String Quartet, the Sarajevo Philharmonic, Shattered Glass Ensemble, The Lafayette Chorale, Sylvan Winds, the Sarajevo National Ballet Theater, Martha Mooke, Tony Levin, Mari Kimura, Rob Schwimmer, and Kamala Sankaram, among many others.   

In 2014 Parma Recordings released her electro-acoustic solo album EVOLUTION, followed by EXTENSION in 2020; both collections have since garnered critical acclaim and have received radio play worldwide. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York broadcast, and then reprised, selections from these works in the MetLiveArts’ best-of-season showcase. Prof. Bukvich serves as a board member of the Electronic Music Foundation Institute (EMFI), the American Festival of Microtonal Music (AFMM), and Composers Concordance and is an honoree in Selected Honors, Awards & Achievements in ASCAP Concert Music. As Head of Mission with the Permanent Mission of the Austro-Bosnian Academy to the United Nations in New York, and Arts Chair in the Bosnian Herzegovinian American Academy of Arts and Sciences (BHAAAS), she promotes international artistic exchanges and collaborative initiatives. Prof. Bukvich is a contributing author in Perspectives on Music Production: Gender in Music Production (Focal Press, UK 2020). She received an M.F.A. in integrated electronic arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Bachelor of Arts Degrees in composition and musicology from Sarajevo University's Academy of Music. Prior to coming to QCC, she held positions as Adjunct Professor at Pratt Institute and New York University (NYU).  



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