Musician and visual artist Jeffrey Lependorf received his doctorate and masters in music composition from Columbia University and his undergraduate degree from Oberlin Conservatory. A composer of operas and chamber music, he is also a certified master of the traditional Japanese shakuhachi flute, and has performed and had his music performed around the world—literally: a recording of his "Night Pond" for solo shakuhachi once traveled around the globe aboard the Russian space station Mir. His “Masterpieces of Western Music (The Modern Scholar)” audio course can be found at, and some of his recordings can be found on iTunes and He also serves as Executive Director of The Flow Chart Foundation. More info at: