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  • D.M.A., Composition, University of Southern California
  • M.M., Composition, Peabody Conservatory, John Hopkins University
  • B.A., Music Theory, George Washington University
  • Teaching credential received from Indiana University
  • Additional studies pursued at Indiana University and Catholic University of America


Lawrence Mumford has a vast range of experience composing symphonic works as well as film scores and entertainment music with a style that focuses on American musical elements. His music has been published by eight different companies and premiered in several states. Two of his original orchestral themes played daily on radio in over 50 cities for 14 years, and one of his songs placed number one on a U.S. Billboard 200 album.

Mumford graduated Phi Beta Kappa, with Special Honors in Music Theory, from George Washington University, having taken additional courses at Catholic University. He completed a Master of Music degree in Composition at Baltimore’s Peabody Conservatory, and Doctoral credits in Composition and a teaching credential at Indiana University. He completed a Doctorate in Music Composition at USC, Pi Kappa Lambda and Extraordinary Students of America, in 1989. Between degrees he worked as a freelance arranger, songwriter, church music director, corporate choral director, school music teacher and piano instructor. His professors included Robert Moore and Morton Lauridsen, with further instruction from film composers Jerry Goldsmith, Earle Hagen and David Raksin.

Beginning in 1992, Mumford taught at The Master's University, California State University Northridge, Concordia University, Vanguard University, and Providence Christian College. At Biola he teaches private composition lessons, counterpoint, form and analysis, twentieth century music, music theory I-IV, and sightsinging I-IV.

Alumnus Garrett McPherson ('14) reflects on his studies with him: "I went into Dr. Mumford's lessons expecting only to learn composition, but I also learned the importance of music presentation. Alongside this, Dr. Mumford drives home the spiritual implications of music. To many students Dr. Mumford has become a valuable friend and mentor."

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