professors describe him as an eager and talented young composer who truly
enjoys writing music.
The Fort Mill native is among the first students
in a newly forged music composition track in the bachelor of music degree
started in fall 2008. Music faculty members Ron
Parks and Mark
Lewis hoped their composition students would make their presence known in
They did not anticipate that success would materialize so
Strokis received national recognition for a recent
electroacoustic composition, a first for a Winthrop student composer. Take
a listen to Strokis' work.
He recorded the sounds emitted by a pet
hedgehog and added some computer processing he learned in a Computer
Music Composition course, then re-arranged the material into a musical
The result - titled Atelerix albiventris
- is a aural exploration of the sonic qualities, rhythms and emotive qualities
of the source material.
Strokis said he chose a hedgehog because it was
a friend’s pet and he was fascinated that it could make noises. “I had never
heard a hedgehog make noise before,” he said. “I didn't even know they could
“Atelerix albiventris” has been selected
for presentation on the National Student
Electronic Music Event (N_SEME) held March 22-23 at Temple University in
Philadelphia. N_SEME is a national peer-reviewed, juried
festival featuring the best compositions and paper presentations from student
Strokis traveled to Philadelphia to present his
music at the conference. This marked the first time a Winthrop student
composer has been selected for inclusion in a national electronic music
conference, and the first time a student represented Winthrop University at the
national level in an electronic music event.
Last updated: 6/21/13