Perkins, John MacIvor
- Richard Swift
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(b St. Louis, MO, Aug 2, 1935; d St. Louis, MO, Nov 12, 2010). American composer and teacher. He was educated at Harvard University (BA 1958) and the New England Conservatory (BMus 1958); he also studied with Nadia Boulanger in Paris, Roberto Gerhard and Edmund Rubbra in London (1958–9), and Arthur Berger, harold Shapero , and Irving Fine at Brandeis University (MFA 1962). He taught at the University of Chicago (1962–5), Harvard (1965–70), and Washington University, St. Louis (1970–2001); at the last he served as chairman of the music department. After his retirement he continued as professor emeritus at Washington University, teaching master classes and composing and directing his own works. His honors include a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship (1959–61), commissions from the Fromm Music Foundation, the St. Louis Bicentennial, and the Smithsonian Bicentennial, and an award from the National Institute of Arts and Letters (...