- Donald Thompson
(b Altoona, PA, March 10, 1940). American composer. After studies with Lonny Epstein, Vittorio Giannini and Louis Persinger at the Juilliard School (BS 1961, MS 1962), he moved to Puerto Rico (1965), where he became a faculty member and later chair (1971–80) of the music department, director of cultural activities (1981–6) and dean of the faculty of humanities (from 1995–9) at the University of Puerto Rico. He also served as music critic for the newspaper the San Juan Star (1966–88), composer-in-residence at the Centro de Investigaciones de Comunicación Masiva y Tecnología in Buenos Aires (1975) and visiting professor of experimental music at the University of Paris (1977–9). In 1981 he was awarded the doctorate in musical aesthetics by the University of Paris, where he had studied with Daniel Charles. Together with Aponte-Ledée, Schwartz was a key figure in the introduction of avant-garde music in Puerto Rico during the 1960s and 70s. Since that time his work has included compositions for a wide range of performance media, from solo guitar to the ‘musicalization’ of an entire university campus, with synchronized international telephonic communication (...