Van de Vate [née Hayes], Nancy
- Sophie Fuller
(b Plainfield, NJ, Dec 30, 1930). American composer, active in Austria. She studied at Wellesley College, Massachusetts (BA 1952), and composition at the University of Mississippi (MMus 1958) and Florida State University (DMus 1968). Her first professional performance (1958) was of the Adagio for orchestra. During the early part of her career she taught at various North American universities and worked as a violist and pianist. In 1975 she founded the League of Women Composers and moved to Hawaii, becoming visiting associate professor at the University of Hawaii, then associate professor and dean of academic affairs at Hawaii Loa College. She lived in Indonesia from 1982 to 1985 and the influence of gamelan music can be heard in the harmonies and rhythms of works such as Gema Jawa (1984) for strings. In 1985 she settled in Vienna and, with her second husband Clyde Smith, founded the record company Vienna Modern Masters (...