George Wheeler

George Wheeler

Composition

Office: UMC-C408
Phone: 562-883-1795
e-mail: gomez.wheeler@gmail.com

George Wheeler received a Master of Music degree in composition, Summa Cum Laude, from California State University at Long Beach (2006), where he received a Distinguished Achievement award in Creative Activity. He received first place in the California State University, Long Beach student research competition for outstanding research in Creative Arts and Design. George is a product of the California community college system where he worked his way through college to transfer from Rio Hondo College to CSULB, where he received Bachelor of Music degree in composition.

George coordinates the Electronic Music and Recording Arts program at Cypress College, with classes including Electronic Music I, Studio Recording I and II. He serves on the Fine Arts Division Multimedia Committee, and is currently writing curriculum towards a certificate in Electronic Music. At CSULB he is a Lecturer in the Composition/Theory area with classes including: Musical Form and Analysis, Counterpoint, Advanced Musicianship, Harmony I, Harmony II, Musicianship I, Musicianship II, Basic Music Theory, Introduction To Music Technology, and Composition Workshop.

His compositions combine diverse instruments and genres, as well as musical interactivity between performer and computer, concepts of spatialization, and video processing. The desire to embrace his own multicultural heritage as a Mexican Anglo American has led his interest in postmodern thought and how it relates to music—concerns of blending high and low culture, and diversity. His Master’s thesis explores the duality of Aztec religion and Spanish Catholicism inherent in Dias de los Muertos.

His Multimedia Video/Dance collaboration with Choreographer Lauren Windslow-Kearns and Filmmaker Mark Vanocur, with the piece Everywhere I Look, is part of the New York Library permanent collection. Additionally, he has composed original music and sound design for the Body Talk Dance Company, and several Theater Productions including, Equis, and Roosters for the Rio Hondo College Theater Department.

He is the Saxophonist and Technical Director of the Liquid Skin Ensemble, a seven-member group comprised of classical, jazz, and rock musicians, which has performed at major venues in Los Angeles, such as the Japan America Theater, the Getty Museum, as well as at the LG Arts Complex in Seoul, Korea. As a professional sound engineer, he has worked with many local groups like Poncho Sanchez, No Doubt, Sublime, and Korn. He was the Theater Technician for Rio Hondo College for nine years, which allowed him to instruct students in Lighting and Sound Design, Live Concert Sound, and Studio Recording.