Adrian P. Childs

Music Composition & Theory Area Chair | Coordinator of Graduate Studies
Music Theory/Composition

Dr. Adrian P. Childs joined the Hodgson School of Music faculty in 2001. He holds bachelor's degrees in both mathematics and music from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and master's and doctoral degrees in music (composition and theory) from the University of Chicago. His composition studies include work with Peter Child, John Eaton, John Harbison, Andrew Imbrie, Marta Ptaszynska, Shulamit Ran, and George Tsontakis. Prior to his arrival in Athens, Dr. Childs taught on the faculties of the University of Chicago, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Illinois.

Dr. Childs was a finalist in the 1999 Rome Prize competition. Among his other awards and honors in composition are an ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Award and a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship from the U.S. Department of Education. His music has been performed extensively in North America and Europe and can be heard on the ACA Digital label. In 2013, his composition Thy Noble Brow, Beaming, Embracing Dreams, written in honor of the retirement of UGA President Michael Adams, was performed before an audience of 40,000 in Sanford Stadium.

Dr. Childs' theory work includes research in the area of transformational theory and interests in issues of post-tonal music and referential collections. HIs scholarship has been presented at national and regional meetings of both music theory and mathematics organizations and appears in the Journal of Music Theory and Music Theory Online. He is a founding member of the editorial board of the Journal of Mathematics and Music.

Dr. Childs is also active as a pianist and conductor, specializing in contemporary music.