Lam, George

Assistant Professor
Performing and Fine Arts

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


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 
I was born in Hong Kong, grew up in both Hong Kong and Boston, MA, and studied composition and music education at Duke University, the Peabody Conservatory of Music and Boston University. My recent works explore the intersection between music, theater, and the documentary. Current projects include The Emigrants for New Morse Code. My 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), and the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. I am a founding member and a co-artistic director of Rhymes With Opera.

Areas of Expertise

Music Theory and Music Theory Pedagogy
Documentary Theater and Opera

Books in Field Of Expertise

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

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

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

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

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

Presented Papers, Lectures, and Exhibitions and Performances

" 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

Winner, 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.

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

Other Professional Activities and Public Service

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

Lam, George

Lam, George
Assistant Professor
Performing and Fine Arts