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Robert Starer, Composer and Teacher, Dies at 77

Robert StarerPhoto courtesy of Sigma Alpha Iota Robert Starer, a respected composer of operas, ballets and many orchestral and instrumental works, and the author of two books on rhythm that are widely used by music students, died of heart failure on April 22 in Kingston, N.Y. He was 77. In a 1994 review of Starer’s […]

Judith Lang Zaimont

Judith Lang ZaimontPhoto courtesy of the composer Tennessee native Judith Lang Zaimont submitted a work entitled Impronta Digitale, an eight and a half minute perpetuum mobile in shifting compound meters. The tempo of the piece is marked 192 to the dotted eighth: “extremely fast,” according to the composer. A running pulse is interrupted only twice […]

NEA Chairman Bill Ivey Announces Resignation

Bill IveyPhoto by Max Hirshfeld On April 24, National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Bill Ivey announced his resignation, effective September 30, 2001, eight months before the end of his four-year term. Ivey has submitted a letter to President George W. Bush informing him of his decision. “My hope is that by announcing now that […]

1st Music 18 Commission Winners

Emily Doolittle Princeton doctoral student Emily Doolittle recently finished a set of three commissioned pieces for Tafelmusik. One piece, for the full ensemble, is called green notes; another, for just the string section, is called falling still; a third, for viola d’amore and soprano, is called Virelais. After the three pieces are performed at the […]

Four Composers Receive First Music Commissions

New York Youth Symphony Four composers have recently received commissions from the New York Youth Symphony‘s First Music Program. Emily Lenore Doolittle, Anthony Cheung, and John Kaefer will each receive premieres of a new orchestral work in Carnegie Hall during the 2001-2002 Season. In addition, Michael Klingbeil has received the Chamber Music Commission; his new […]

Athena

Christopher ArizaPhoto by A. Ariza In the fall of 1999, Christopher Ariza enrolled in a computer music course at NYU taught by Dr. Elizabeth Hoffman. The primary objective of the course was for the students to become familiar with two common computer music programs: Csound and Max. Ariza focused his time on developing algorithmic compositional […]

Elizabeth Bergman Crist

Elizabeth Bergman CristPhoto by Buckley Harris Crist Elizabeth Bergman Crist is Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Texas-Austin. Dr. Crist was granted the Epstein Award to support her research on Aaron Copland‘s music between 1932 and 1946 for a book tentatively titled Progressivism and Populism: Aaron Copland’s Music and Aesthetics during Depression and […]

Computer Programming and the Expanding Compositional Frontier

Nick Didkovsky and Phil BurkPhoto courtesy of Nick Didkovsky Part I: Nick Didkovsky and Hell Cafe While most of us are happy enough to use computers to send email, surf the web, and write documents, there are people out there who use these machines for far more. These innovative programmers see computers and the Internet […]

Roberta Lindsey

Roberta LindseyPhoto by Olin Mills Photographers Roberta Lindsey is Visiting Assistant Professor at Indiana University, Indianapolis. Epstein Award funds will be used by Dr. Lindsey to conduct research on the Aaron Copland Collection at the Library of Congress. Her work in this collection includes 3 projects: the completion of a compilation of essays in honor […]

Wynton Marsalis Named United Nations Messenger of Peace

Wynton Marsalis and Secretary General Kofi AnnanPhoto courtesy of the UN Photo Library At a ceremony at United Nations (UN) headquarters on March 20, 2001, Jazz at Lincoln Center Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis was designated a UN Messenger of Peace by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. Having toured with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (LCJO) […]