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MobleyDr. Mel Mobley is head the music theory/composition division, teaches percussion, and oversees the electronic music studio of the University of Louisiana at Monroe. As composer, conductor, performer, and advocate of new music, he has been part of numerous premieres and festivals around the country. His compositions have been performed throughout the United States and abroad and appear on the Revello, Navona, and Ansonica labels . His work has been commissioned by The Monroe Symphony Orchestra and the Louisiana Music Teachers Association as well as smaller chamber groups and soloists. His most recent works, collaborations with choreographer/dancer Tina Mullone, focus on the combination of live and recorded music and dance and seek to break down the barrier between dancer and musician as well as between live and recorded performance.  

As a percussionist, Dr. Mobley has performed with a wide range of groups including orchestras, steel drum bands, theatre orchestras, and percussion ensembles. He is the principal percussionist of the Monroe Symphony Orchestra, founder and director of the Implosion Percussion Group, and member of the 2X2 Percussion Group. Recent chamber performances include the 2017 PAS Day of Percussion (Baton Rouge, LA), the 2017Sugarmill Music Festival (Alexandria, LA), and the 2017 National Conference on Percussion Pedagogy (Little Rock, AR).

Dr. Mobley is a founder and coordinator of the New Music on the Bayou Festival that connects composers from around the world with the communities of north Louisiana. He is a member of the National Composers’ Association, USA (NACUSA), and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) and the Percussive Arts Society (PAS).

Recent Premiere Performance with ULM Chamber Singers: