Lam, George

Curriculum Vitae

Assistant Professor
Performing & Fine Arts

Phone: (718) 262-5365
Office Location: AC-1B11

Office Hours  
Tuesdays  11am - 1pm 
Wednesdays  4:30pm - 6:30pm 
(or by appointment)   
Google Hangout link for regularly scheduled office hours: 


Degree Institution Field Dates
PhD  Duke University  Music  2011 
MM  The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University  Music Composition and Music Theory Pedagogy  2005 
BA  Boston University School of Music  Music Composition and Music Education  2003 
Hong Kong-born composer George Tsz-Kwan Lam (b. 1981) grew up in Boston, Massachusetts, and studied composition and music education at Duke University, the Peabody Conservatory of Music and Boston University. His recent works explore the intersection between music, theater, and the documentary. George’s music has been performed by the Black House Collective (Kansas City, MO), Romer String Quartet (Hong Kong, China), Asian Young Musicians' Connection (Taipei, Taiwan), Gotham Chamber Opera (New York, NY), Christ Church United Methodist (New York, NY), Volti (San Francisco, CA), American Opera Projects (Brooklyn, NY), and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. From 2011 to 2013, George Lam was a producing associate at Gotham Chamber Opera and Music-Theatre Group (New York, NY). He is a founding member and currently a co-artistic director of Rhymes With Opera.

Areas of Expertise

Music Theory
Music Composition
Documentary Theater and Opera
John Adams
Stephen Sondheim

Books in Field Of Expertise

Presented Papers, Lectures, and Exhibitions and Performances

" Ross McElwee's 'Sherman's March' " August 22, 2014: Black House Collective / Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City, MO).

" 'The Photographer Makes A Quiet Exit' from 'Heartbreak Express' " August 16-18, 2014: Rhymes With Opera (Baltimore, MD and New York, NY).

" Theseus And The Minotaur " June 28, 2014: Asian Young Musicians Connection (Taipei, Taiwan).

" String Quartet " May 23, 2014: Romer String Quartet / Central Conservatory of Music (Beijing, China).

" 'She Can Touch You' from 'Heartbreak Express' " April 29, 2014: Rhymes With Opera, York College CUNY (Jamaica, NY).

" 'Ease This Burden' from 'Heartbreak Express' " March 24, 2014: Rhymes With Opera, Cornelia Street Cafe (New York, NY).

" 'Ease This Burden' from 'Heartbreak Express' " March 16, 2014: Rhymes With Opera, Roulette (Brooklyn, NY).

" 'Ease This Burden' from 'Heartbreak Express' " December 7, 2013: Rhymes With Opera, City Arts Gallery (Baltimore, MD).

" 'Ease This Burden' from 'Heartbreak Express' " October 29, 2013: York College CUNY (Jamaica, NY).

" Books Unwritten " October 19, 2013: Rhymes With Opera, Exapno (Brooklyn, NY).

Professional Honors, Prizes, Fellowships

Winner, 2014 2014 Black House Collective New Operas Project Composers' Competition: May, 2014.


PSC-CUNY Research Award, Theseus and The Minotaur, a game for two percussionists. June, 2014: $2960.

Other Professional Activities and Public Service

Co-Artistic Director, Rhymes With Opera: 2007 - Present.

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Lam, George
Assistant Professor
Performing & Fine Arts