For twenty years, 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
in the country.
Rosser typically moves beyond a standard recital format, making for a unique event that combines music
(ranging from classical to jazz to popular) with stories and performance art, continually
pushing the boundaries of what the theremin can play and do. His programs for special events are
tailored specifically to suit occasion and client musical preferences. In an academic setting, the
programs are always age appropriate and the presentation specific to the class subject.
Back in 1996, after a twenty-one year hiatus from serious musical study, Rosser crossed paths with
the grandfather of all electronic instruments; he purchased a kit and built his first theremin.
Previously, Kip graduated from Ithaca College with a BFA in Acting/Directing and was then
the sole candidate accepted in the graduate Directing program at Northwestern University. After
receiving the MFA, he moved to New York City where he directed plays, worked as a playwright, as well
as working as a graphic artist and copywriter.
In 2001, 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).The following 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Eek!,” an assortment of both published and unpublished works by Gorey, as well as being Rosser’s first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. In 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 created full courseware for Attentiv, a public speaking program. He was also accepted as a
member of MUNY (Music Under New York) and continues to bring theremin music and his affirming message to the
public in the New York City subway. In 2009, he joined the artist roster of Musicopia, an organization that sends
teaching musicians throughout the Philadelphia area school system; he also served on the Board of Trustees
from 2011-2013. March of 2010 saw the release of the CD, Euphonic Verses, a program of classical music
featuring himself on theremin and pianist Jef Anderson. In 2010, he began shooting The Complete Theremin,
the most comprehensive courseware for theremin instruction, now available entirely free of charge online at
Rosser is also 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 new Toddy Burton film, Scientists in the Woods.
Most recently, he is featured in the new book, the Noise Beneath the Apple, author Heather Jacks’s
compendium of Manhattan street musicians. His new CD of original ambient compositions for theremin,
Lessons from Vinegar Mother, is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2015.
He has just been commissioned to compose an original theremin score for a new feature-length film –
more on that as it develops.