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date: 22 August 2019

La Barbara [née Lotz; Subotnick], Joanlocked

  • Laura Kuhn

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(b Philadelphia, June 8, 1947). American composer and vocal performer. She studied singing at Syracuse University with Helen Boatwright (1965–8) and music education at New York University (BS 1970), and received additional vocal coaching from Curtin at the Berkshire Music Center and from Marion Szekely-Freschl in New York. In 1971 she made her début as a vocalist at the Town Hall, New York, with Steve Reich and Musicians, with whom she continued to perform until 1974; from 1973 to 1976 she also worked with Philip Glass, perfecting the extended vocal techniques by which she would become internationally known and developing her own compositional style. In 1979 she was composer-in-residence in West Berlin under the aegis of the Deutscher akademischer Austauschdienst. From 1981 to 1986 she taught singing and composition at the California Institute of the Arts, and in 1997 joined the staff of the College of Santa Fe. A champion of contemporary music, La Barbara has been active also as a writer and as radio commentator; from ...

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New Haven (CT), Yale University, Oral History Archive