- M. Dee Wilkins
(b Denver, CO, Dec 20, 1955).
American composer and conductor. The son of musical parents, Conte studied piano and choral singing in the Lakewood (Ohio) public schools, mentored by B. Neil Davis, before attending Bowling Green State University (Ohio), majoring in composition. After studying with nadia Boulanger as a Fulbright Scholar, and graduating from Bowling Green (BM 1978), he attended Cornell University (MFA 1981, DMA 1983), working closely with aaron Copland in 1982 and preparing a thesis on his manuscript sketches. Conte is a Ralph Vaughan Williams Fellow and an Aspen Music Festival Conducting Fellow, and since 1985 has been Professor of Composition and Conservatory Chorus conductor at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. In 2010 he joined the faculty of the European American Musical Alliance in Paris.
Conte is frequently commissioned, and among his output are six operas, two film scores and numerous choral works. His first opera, ...