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How did your education shape your attitudes about music? Joshua Cody, Composer and Director of the Sospeso Ensemble

Joshua CodyPhoto courtesy Sospeso Ensemble I studied with several very gifted composers at Northwestern University, where I was also able to study some literature and philosophy. I’ll always feel uneducated-learning is an ongoing process. Of course the deeper one’s knowledge of the repertory and of the history of music, the more opportunity for depth and […]

How did your education shape your attitudes about music? Jonathan Sheffer, Composer; Founder, Conductor and Artistic Director of the Eos Orchestra

Jonathan ShefferPhoto by Stephanie Berger My musical education began at the Westport School of Music, where as a preschooler I was taught the basics of major and minor scales, and began piano lessons. I recall we were rewarded often with candy. The next most important influence in my musical education was the Bernstein Young People’s […]

How did your education shape your attitudes about music?

Annie GosfieldComposer“I was taught the importance of creativity and individual expression early in life…” Jonathan ShefferComposerFounder, Conductor and Artistic Director of the Eos Orchestra“My musical education began at the Westport School of Music, where as a preschooler I was taught the basics of major and minor scales…” Amy RhodesDirector of Artist Management, Fine Arts Management“…At […]

Personal Anecdotes About the Founders of the American Music Center

Personal Anecdotes About the Founders of the American Music Center Samuel AdlerComposer; Professor Emeritus, Eastman School of Music; Professor of Composition, The Juilliard School“…I handed Hanson’s letter to Copland who opened it immediately. His face brightened, and yet there were tears in his eyes as he read the letter…” John DuffyComposer; Founder and Former Executive […]

The 60th Anniversary of the American Music Center

Frank J. OteriPhoto by Melissa Richard November is an important month here at the American Music Center. Sixty years ago this month, the dreams of Aaron Copland, Howard Hanson, Otto Luening, Quincy Porter, Marion Bauer and Harrison Kerr became a reality and the American Music Center was born. To celebrate the occasion, we have brought […]

Soundtracks: November 1999

There are over 60 American composers featured in this month’s round-up of new recordings, which is a wonderful way to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the American Music Center this month! And, as always, the range of composers shows an astonishing array of diversity. Perhaps the most momentous release this month is the long-awaiting 10-CD […]

Personal Anecdotes About the Founders of the American Music Center Samuel Adler, Composer; Professor Emeritus, Eastman School of Music; Professor of Composition, The Juilliard School

Samuel Adlerphoto by Katherine CummingCourtesy of Samuel Adler In a 1926 speech, Aaron Copland said of Howard Hanson: “Hanson and Sowerby’s sympathies and natural proclivities make them heirs of older men such as Hadley and Shepherd. Their facility in writing and their eclectic style produce a kind of palatable music that cannot be expected to […]

Personal Anecdotes About the Founders of the American Music Center Patrick Hardish, Composer; Co-Director, Composers Concordance

Patrick Hardishphoto by Barry CohenCourtesy of Patrick Hardish Otto Luening was a great mentor and influence as well as being a close personal friend. He was important to my development as a composer and on the progress of our organization, the Composers Concordance. I got to know Otto in July 1980 at Bennington College where […]