- Barbara A. Petersen
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(b Kalispell, MT, March 21, 1928). American composer, flautist and orchestrator. At the University of Washington she studied the flute (BA 1949) and composition (MA 1951). She did postgraduate work at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center and at Princeton University, and privately studied composition with Boulanger and Milhaud and the flute with Wummer and Rampal. She worked as a flautist, playing with the Totenberg Instrumental Ensemble (1951–8) and as principal of the Boston Pops (1958), and was an orchestrator at NBC (1960–66) and Lincoln Center Theatre (1966). In 1968 she designed and became the director of the first electronic music studio within CUNY at Hunter College, where she taught composition and theory (1966–89). Among her many awards are two Fulbright scholarships to Paris (1958–60), residencies at MacDowell Colony (1957–73) and Yaddo (...