Jonah Elrod

Jonah Elrod is a composer who researches cycles and signals from the Earth and incorporates them into his music. His works are inspired by and engage with issues surrounding our environment and human perception of the natural world. His compositions include works for acoustic instruments and voices, electronic media, and sound installations to be presented in nature and other areas outside of the traditional concert hall.

Roles at Luther and Experience

He is currently serving as a visiting assistant professor of music composition, music theory, and ear training at Luther College, and previously had a similar position as an associate lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He has also worked as an instructor of music composition and music theory at the Dorian Summer Camp at Luther College, and at Camp COFAC in Stevens Point. He served as an associate director of the Electronic Music Studios while he was a student at the University of Iowa.

Sharing His Music

His music has been performed at many new music festivals including the Society of Composers, Inc. National Conference, the New Music on the Bayou Festival, the John Donald Robb Composers Symposium, the New Music Gathering, and the New Gallery Series in Cambridge, MA. His composition Urban Sky Glow appears on the CD Canyon, recorded and published by Brain Baldauff in 2018, and on the CD flux published by Navona Records in 2019. In the summer of 2019, he collaborated with a student at Luther College to research local soundscapes and to create site-specific multimedia installations which were presented at specific times and locations throughout the Luther College campus.


Jonah earned his B.M. degree in music education from the University of Arizona in 2003, his M.M. degree in music theory and composition from the University of New Mexico in 2013, and his Ph.D. degree in music composition from the University of Iowa in 2018.