Lam, George

Lam, George

Curriculum Vitae

Assistant Professor
Performing and Fine Arts

Phone: (718) 262-5365
Office Location: AC-1A12C


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 
BM  Boston University School of Music  Music Composition and Music Education  2003 
George Lam was born in Hong Kong, grew up in both Hong Kong and Boston, MA, and holds a PhD in music composition from Duke University. Prof. Lam's recent works explore the intersection between music, theater, and the documentary. George Lam's music has been performed by the New Morse Code (Lawrence, KS), Chautauqua Opera Company, the Oak Middle School Band (Shrewsbury, MA), University of Idaho Wind Ensemble (Moscow, ID), 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), and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. George Lam is Assistant Professor of Music and Coordinator of the Music Program at York College, as well as a co-artistic director of the NYC-based new opera ensemble Rhymes With Opera. Fore more information:

Areas of Expertise

Music Theory and Music Theory Pedagogy
Documentary Theater and Opera

Books in Field Of Expertise

Lam, George. Haptic. Written for Cisum Percussion: for two percussionists, 2019. .

Lam, George. Trio:Elegy. Commissioned by Manhattan School of Music Contemporary Opera Ensemble: for soprano, baritone, bass, and piano, 2019. .

Lam, George. The Emigrants. Commissioned by New Morse Code: for cello, percussion, and digital playback, 2018. .

Lam, George. Sissieretta Jones, 1902: Carnegie Hall, “O Patria Mia” (poem by Tyehimba Jess). Commissioned by Chautauqua Opera Company: for soprano and piano, 2018. .

Lam, George. Underwater Acoustics (poem by Rajiv Mohabir). Commissioned by Chautauqua Opera Company: for mezzo-soprano and orchestra, 2018. .

Lam, George. Such Sweet Sorrow (poem by Allison Joseph). Commissioned by Chautauqua Opera Company: for bass and piano, 2018. .

Lam, George and Ruby Fulton. Rumpelstiltskin, libretto by John Clum. Rhymes With Opera: chamber opera in one act (co-composed with Ruby Fulton, libretto by John Clum), 2018. .

Lam, George. Shrewsbury Fair. Commissioned by Oak Middle School (Shrewsbury, MA): for concert band, 2017. .

Lam, George. A Story, Again, Misremembered. Written for the 2017 International Trombone Festival: duo for trombone and bass trombone, 2017. .

Lam, George. Citadel. Commissioned by Synergy Percussion (Sydney, Australia): for two percussionists, 2015. .

Lam, George. Heartbreak Express, opera in one act. Rhymes With Opera (New York, NY): chamber opera in one act, libretto by John Clum, 2014, 2015. .

Lam, George. Ross McElwee's "Sherman's March". Commissioned by Black House Collective (Kansas City): chamber opera in one act with film, 2014. .

Lam, George. Theseus and the Minotaur, a game for two percussionists. Commissioned by Asian Young Musicians Connection (Taipei, Taiwan): for two percussionists, 2014. .

Lam, George. String Quartet. Commissioned by Romer String Quartet (Hong Kong, China): , 2013. .

Articles in Field Of Expertise

Lam, George. "Engaging Everyone: Musical Analysis in the General Education Classroom." Engaging Students. 5 October 1, 2017: 7.

Presented Papers, Lectures, and Exhibitions and Performances

" The Emigrants " June 8, 2019: Re:Sound Festival (Cleveland, OH).

" Sissieretta Jones, 1902: Carnegie Hall, “O Patria Mia” " February 18, 2019: Minetta Lane Theater, part of event with author Tyehimba Jess.

" Sissieretta Jones, 1902: Carnegie Hall, “O Patria Mia” " March 14, 2019: Opera America Emerging Artists Recital.

" Trio: Elegy " April 10, 2019: Manhattan School of Music Contemporary Opera Ensemble.

" The Emigrants " December 8, 2018: Queens Museum.

" String Quartet " December 4, 2018: Ensemble Ipse.

" Sissieretta Jones, 1902: Carnegie Hall, “O Patria Mia” " June 28, 2018: Chautauqua Opera Company.

" Such Sweet Sorrow " August 2, 2018: Chautauqua Opera Company.

" Underwater Acoustics " July 14, 2018: Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and Chautauqua Opera Company.

" Rumpelstiltskin " May 11 - 19, 2018: Rhymes With Opera.

" The Person In The Room Wishes To Be Left Alone " April 4, 2018: Emerging Voices (Jersey City, NJ).

" Shrewsbury Fair " January 26, 2018: Oak Middle School Band (Shrewsbury, MA).

" Suite for Cello (premiere of original dance performed to recording) " December 13, 2017: Isodoc Dance Group (Brooklyn, NY).

" Anniversaries " November 16, 2017: University of Idaho Wind Ensemble.

" A Story, Again, Misremembered " July 1, 2017: International Trombone Festival (Redlands, CA).

" Carmina Burana " June 3, 2017: Hong Kong Voices (Hong Kong, China).

" Citadel " December 4, 2016: Synergy Percussion (Sydney, Australia).

" Heartbreak Express " November 13-21, 2015: Rhymes With Opera (New York, NY).

" Carmina Burana " June 22, 2015: Hong Kong Voices (Hong Kong, China).

" Excerpts from 'Heartbreak Express' " November 14-15, 2014: Rhymes With Opera (New York, NY).

" 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

White Snake Projects "Sing Out Strong" Project Commission: May, 2019.

Ensemble Ipse Call for Scores (String Quartet): December, 2018.

Composer-In-Residence, Chautauqua Opera Company: June, 2018.

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


CUNY Academic Commons OER Fellowship, OER Resources for MUS 110. Spring 2018: $2000.

Queens Council for the Arts New Works Grant, The Emigrants. 2018: $2500.

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

PSC-CUNY Research Award, The Emigrants. 2014 - 2015: $1000.

Other Professional Activities and Public Service

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