Interactive Arts and Media

Joseph Cancellaro


Associate Professor

916 S Wabash, Rm 101
Phone: (312) 369-7063


Dr. Cancellaro is an accomplished composer and sound designer. His music has been performed around the world and he has written numerous film scores. Interactive audio and sound sculptures are also a significant part of his output.

While in Europe he worked for the BBC and ECAT in Great Britain as well as the Warsaw Electro-acoustic Music Studio in Poland. Dr. Cancellaro has taught at the University of Edinburgh, The I.M Paderewski Poznan Academy of Music in Poland, the Polytechnical Institute in Poland, and was the senior sound designer at the Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center also in Poland. He is the author of 'Sound Design for Interactive Audio' published by Thompson Delmar Learning in 2005 which is used a textbook at many institutions. Along with his musical and sound design accomplishments, Dr. Cancellaro also works as a 3D designer and teaches the subject as well. Cancellaro has been on the faculty at Columbia College since 2000 and is currently serving as the Chair of the Interactive Arts and Media Department.


B.M., Film Scoring Berklee College of Music 1989
M.M., Music Composition New England Conservatory of Music 1992
Ph.D., Music Edinburgh University 1997

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