Diemer, Emma (Lou)
- J. Michele Edwards
(b Kansas City, MO, Nov 24, 1927). American composer and organist. A prodigy, she wrote several piano concertos by the age of 13 and took composition lessons with Gardner Read during her high school years. She received degrees in composition at Yale University (BM 1949, MM 1950) and the Eastman School (PhD 1960) and studied also at the Berkshire Music Center (1954, 1955). Her principal teachers were Hindemith, Bernard Rogers, Hanson, Toch and Sessions. In addition to appointments as composer-in-residence, Diemer was professor of theory and composition at the University of Maryland (1965–70) and the University of California, Santa Barbara (1971–91), where she founded an electronic music studio (1973). She served as organist in churches of various denominations (1940–84) and at First Presbyterian Church, Santa Barbara (1984–2001). A recipient of numerous commissions and awards, including Fulbright and NEA fellowships, she was named ‘Composer of the Year’ by the American Guild of Organists in ...