Carter John Rice, a native of Minot, North Dakota, is a composer, audio engineer, and music educator currently based in Kalamazoo, MI. Rice was drawn to music through a desire to instill knowledge in others. He is passionate about music education, and enjoys teaching music at all levels.
As a composer, Rice draws inspiration from a wide array of sources including acoustic phenomena, cognitive science, and classical mechanics. His music has been featured at venues such as the national SEAMUS conference, the national conference for the Society of Composers Inc. (SCI), the International Computer Music Conference, Electronic Music Midwest, and the Electroacoustic Barn Dance.
Rice currently serves as the chair of the SCI Executive Committee, and previously served as the national student representative. During his time in that position, he revived and hosted the National Student Conference at Ball State University. Rice has also organized and served as the technical director for a variety of other conferences, including the Ball State University Festival of New Music, the Threshold Festival, the SPLICE Festival and Institute, and the SCI National Conference.
Rice holds a Bachelor's degree in music theory and composition from Concordia College, a Master's degree in music composition from Bowling Green State University, and a Doctor of Arts in music composition from Ball State University. He has studied with Elainie Lillios, Christopher Dietz, Michael Pounds, Jody Nagel, Keith Kothman, Daniel Breedon, and Steven Makela.
Rice currently works as an assistant professor of multimedia arts technology at Western Michigan University.