Kip Rosser’s solo performances, staged productions, award-winning compositions and industry
recognition have earned him a reputation as one of the most accomplished thereminists
playing in the world today.
Most recently, he’s been added to the roster of musicians for Concerts In Motion, a New York
City-based, not-for-profit organization with the goal of bringing everyone they reach the music
they love most. Rosser provides personal, live concerts to “people who are experiencing physical
frailty or cognitive limitation or who find going to concerts in a crowded concert hall too
overwhelming… reaching older adults, veterans, people with disabilities, individuals experiencing
housing or food insecurity, and medical patients of all ages.”
When performing solo, Rosser typically moves beyond a standard recital format, making for a
unique event that combines music (ranging from classical to jazz to popular) with humor, stories,
performance art, animation and video, continually pushing the boundaries of the theremin’s capabilities.
Equipped with a BFA in Acting/Directing from Ithaca College and an MFA in Directing from Northwestern,
Rosser moved to New York City and worked as a director, playwright, graphic artist and copywriter.
Fast forward to 1996; after a twenty-one year hiatus from serious musical study, Rosser crossed paths
with the grandfather of all electronic instruments, the theremin; he purchased a kit, built one, and
practiced like a maniac for two years before daring to play in public.
In 1998, at the request of renowned author/illustrator, Edward Gorey, Rosser composed 21 Inconsequential
Pieces for Theremin for a stage production Gorey himself was directing. Each of the 21 pieces was 1.5
seconds in length (incredibly inconsequential).Later that year, Rosser directed and composed music for
“Eek!,” an assortment of both published and unpublished works by Gorey, as well as being Rosser’s first
full-length production using the theremin. During the early 2000s, his original compositions repeatedly won
first place in the Avant Garde and Electronic categories on “Spellbound,” Cygnus Radio’s theremin program.
In 2003, his play Rare Times Altogether took First Place in the Dallas Theatre Conference’s “Plays for
the 21st Century” competition.
Gradually, he began to find ways to apply all skills together in a concerted effort to be of service by
reaching out to people with a new type of life-and-music-affirming message. The first result was the
non-fiction, A Practical Book of Everyday Miracles, self-published in 2005. 2005 also saw his
critically acclaimed full-length production, Unholy Secrets of the Theremin” presented with
concert pianist, Jef Anderson, at the 2005 New York International Fringe Festival.
In 2006, after creating full courseware for using the theremin in a therapeutic environment, Rosser was chosen
by Moog Music, Inc. to represent their theremins at the annual convention for the American Music Therapy Association.
In 2007, he became a member of MUNY (Music Under New York) and continues to bring theremin music to the public
in the New York City subway. He is featured in the book, the Noise Beneath the Apple, author Heather
Jacks’s compendium of Manhattan street musicians.
In 2009, he was accepted on the artist roster of Musicopia, an organization that sends teaching artists throughout
the Philadelphia area school system; he also served on the Board of Trustees from 2011-2013. Rosser brings his
grade-appropriate music programs and workshops to students of all ages. In addition, during his time at Musicopia
(through 2019), he collected and delivered donated musical instruments that are given to children as part of
the organization’s Gift of Music program.
March of 2010 saw the release of the CD, Euphonic Verses, a program of classical music featuring himself
on theremin and pianist Jef Anderson. That same year, he began shooting The Complete Theremin.
Completed in 2012, it is now considered the most comprehensive courseware currently available for theremin instruction,
and it’s available entirely free of charge online at www.kiprosser.com.
Rosser is continually interested in working with anyone seeking to incorporate a theremin into their music,
film scores or other projects. Most recently, he composed and recorded theremin tracks for new works by
Sebastian Yumatle of Argentina (after meeting in the New York City subway!) and Jassem Darkvain of
Kuwait as well as other musicians around the world. His original music was used for Sabina Ptasnik’s
short film, Gravity. In 2014 he provided the theremin tracks by composer Dane Walker
for the Toddy Burton Eames film, Scientists in the Woods. In 2016, he composed the theremin
soundtrack for Michael Jason Allen’s feature film, An Idle Mind is the Devil’s Playground.
Rosser’s latest CD of original ambient compositions for theremin, Lessons from Vinegar Mother, was released in
2016. He is currently working on another album of original compositions.