Alicyn Warren is a composer of electronic music whose pieces often include extra-musical elements: video images, text, or recognizable recorded sounds. She employs technology in an emotionally expressive manner, with a focus on difficult topics such as blindness, betrayal, old age, illness, abortion, and death. Her works have been performed and broadcast around the world; several have been released on CD or DVD, and are available on the Centaur, Computer Music Journal, SEAMUS, and Le Chant du Monde labels.
Warren’s M.F.A. and Ph.D. degrees, both in music composition, are from Princeton University. Her doctoral dissertation essay, titled Levels of Reality in Dramatic Music, was advised by Carolyn Abbate and Paul Lansky, and her main composition teachers were Paul Lansky, Steven Mackey, and Milton Babbitt. She holds an A.B. degree in music from Columbia University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She is an honors graduate of Interlochen Arts Academy, Interlochen, Michigan.
Alicyn Warren has received grants and prizes from the NEA, the American Musicological Society, and the Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Competition.
At Columbia University, Warren was a postdoctoral Mellon Fellow in Music and a member of the Society of Fellows in the Humanities. Currently an adjunct assistant professor in the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, Warren previously taught at the University of Virginia and the University of Michigan.