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. Current projects include The Emigrants for New Morse Code, and a new cantata for the chorus Hong Kong Voices to premiere in June 2019. George Lam's music has been performed by the 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.

Areas of Expertise

Music Theory and Music Theory Pedagogy
Documentary Theater and Opera

Books in Field Of Expertise

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

Lam, George. Underwater Acoustics (poem by Rajiv Mohabir). Chautauqua Opera Company: , 2018. .

Lam, George. Such Sweet Sorrow (poem by Allison Joseph). Chautauqua Opera Company: , 2018. .

Lam, George and Ruby Fulton. Rumpelstiltskin, libretto by John Clum. Rhymes With Opera: , 2018. .

Lam, George. Shrewsbury Fair. Oak Middle School (Shrewsbury, MA): , 2017. .

Lam, George. A Story, Again, Misremembered. 2017 International Trombone Festival: , 2017. .

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

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

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

Lam, George. Ross McElwee's "Sherman's March". Black House Collective (Kansas City): , 2014. .

Lam, George. Citadel. Synergy Percussion (Sydney, Australia): , 2015. .

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

" 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.

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

" 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

Honorable Mention, 2018 Reno Pops Orchestra Composer's Night Competition: September, 2018.

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

Winner, 2014 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, Rhymes With Opera: 2007 - Present.