- Barbara A. Petersen
(b Berlin, Feb 1, 1923). American composer and teacher of German birth. She studied the piano and composition as a child in Berlin; when her family moved to Ecuador for a year she continued her studies there. After emigrating to the USA in 1941, she finished her schooling in New York, where she continued to live. She became an American citizen in 1945. At the Mannes College (1942–6) she was a pupil of Szell and at the Manhattan School of Music (BM 1957, MM 1958) she studied with Giannini; she also studied privately with Wolpe, Sessions, Steuermann and Shapey. She has taught at New York University (1967–76), Kingsborough Community College (1972–5) and the Manhattan School (from 1974). Her awards include two NEA grants (1974, 1981), a Fromm Foundation grant (1994), and commissions from organizations including the Koussevitzky Foundation and the San Francisco SO. ...