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How did your education shape your attitudes about music? Amy Rhodes, Director of Artist Management, Fine Arts Management

Amy RhodesPhoto courtesy Fine Arts Management My traditional education did not really affect the way I think about music. In fact, I went to college and majored in Asian Studies and International Relations because I think I unconsciously needed to get away from music for a while. I learned about classical music completely at home. […]

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 […]

Education and New American Music

Frank J. OteriPhoto by Melissa Richard Ten years ago I was a high school teacher in the New York City Public School System and since then, I have often described that experience as “my version of time in the peace corps.” It was simultaneously life affirming and extraordinarily frustrating. It was life affirming, because like […]

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 […]