Michael Alec Rose is a composer at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music. His many commissions include ones from the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation, Austin Camerata with the Blanton Museum of Art, the Cassatt String Quartet, and the Nashville Symphony. He has received 30 annual awards in composition from ASCAP. For twelve years, Rose co-directed an International Exchange Program between the Royal Academy of Music, London (RAM) and the Blair School. His book AUDIBLE SIGNS is published by Continuum. Professor Rose has won several major teaching awards at Vanderbilt, including the Chair of Teaching Excellence.