D. Andrew Stewart

Associate Professor
Faculty of Fine Arts

Fine Arts

Research expertise

Composition, Theory, Music technology and performance, Digital musical instrument performance, Gesture-controlled audio systems, Sound mapping design, Real-time software systems, Human-computer interaction.


D. Andrew Stewart is a composer, pianist and digital musical instrumentalist. 

A convergence of acoustic and electroacoustic instrumental praxis is at the centre of Stewart's oeuvre. His music is dedicated to exploring composition and performance for new interfaces for musical expression by adapting and evolving traditional praxis. Stewart's work asks whether musical idea – concept, theory, material, technique and means – has kept pace with developments in digital lutherie; furthermore, what are the essential constituents for creating a viable digital instrument for the twenty-first century performer. 

His educational background includes his time at the Institute of Sonology in The Hague, Holland. While in The Netherlands, he completed postgraduate studies in composition with Louis Andriessen and Martijn Padding and also trained in electroacousitcs with Gilius van Bergeijk, Clarence Barlow and Paul Berg. Andrew also holds degrees in music from Wilfrid Laurier University (advisor: Glenn Buhr), The University of British Columbia (advisor: Keith Hamel) and McGill University (advisors: John Rea and Sean Ferguson). Following postdoctoral research at Concordia University (advisor: Sandeep Bhagwati), Stewart moved to Lethbridge, where he currently teaches music and digital audio arts at the University of Lethbridge.