- Catherine Parsons Smith
(b New York, c1927; d New York, July 24, 1995). American composer. Dvorkin studied music with Otto Luening at Barnard College, New York (BA) and with Luening and Elliott Carter at Columbia University (MA); she was also strongly influenced by Roger Sessions through his seminars at the University of California at Berkeley. Her chamber operas (all to her own librettos) which include Cyrano (1964), Humpty Dumpty and Alice (1988) and The Frog Prince (1993), have been produced for schools and churches by several small companies. In addition to instrumental chamber music, such as the Suite for violin and clarinet (1957) and Perspectives for flute (1987), she wrote a variety of small-scale vocal works. Her Song Cycle and Four women (song cycle no.2, 1981) are both for mezzo-soprano and piano, while The Children (1956) is for bass, flute, oboe, piano and violin. Her choral works include ...