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Jeremy Thurlow

(b Paris, Aug 29, 1936). French composer and conductor. Having won national first prize in the philosophy Baccalaureat in 1955 he began to compose, and went to study music at the Paris Conservatoire (1955–60), where his teachers included Milhaud, Messiaen and Loriod. But his ideas about composition were particularly galvanized by meeting Boulez in ...

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Jean-Noël von der Weid

(b Paris, Aug 14, 1943). French composer. She had piano lessons when very young, then entered the Paris Conservatoire. In Olivier Messiaen’s class, she was awarded first prize for analysis (1964) and composition (1970), and in Georges Hugon’s class, first prize for harmony. She participated in courses given by Pierre Boulez, Bruno Maderna, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Henri Pousseur in Basle, Darmstadt and Cologne (...

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Marie Fitzpatrick

(b Southsea, June 10, 1953). English composer. She studied at Winchester Art College (1970–72) and at the RCM (1972–6), where her composition teachers included Humphrey Searle and John Lambert. In 1977 scholarships enabled her to study in the USA at the New England Conservatory; she also took lessons from ...

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Charles Shere

(b Lexington, KY, Jan 3, 1950). American composer. She studied at the University of Kentucky, the University of California, Davis (BA 1971), where she was a pupil of Larry Austin, John Cage and Richard Swift, and Mills College (MFA 1973, MA 1974...

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Chadwick Jenkins

(b Houston, TX, Nov 11, 1928). American jazz and blues singer. At the age of 12, she won a talent contest held at the El Dorado Ballroom in Houston by improvising new melodies to popular songs and in 1941 began performing with Russell Jacquet. In an attempt to remove Anderson from the nightclub scene and improve her academic standing, her family moved to Seattle in ...

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David G. Such and Barry Kernfeld

(b Monroe, LA, March 22, 1929; d Evanston, IL, June 24, 2010). American tenor saxophonist. He took up tenor saxophone while living in Evanston, Illinois, and also studied theory; his influences were Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, and Gene Ammons, and later Ornette Coleman. Around ...

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Wayne D. Shirley

(b Brookline, MA, Nov 28, 1943). American conductor, musicologist, and music librarian. Anderson attended Bryn Mawr (BA 1965), the University of Illinois (MM 1969), and the University of Maryland (MLS 1989). Anderson was a Music Librarian at the Library of Congress from ...

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Bayan Northcott

(b London, April 6, 1967). English composer, teacher and writer on music. While still at Westminster School he began studying privately with John Lambert, continuing at the RCM, where he took the BMus. He then studied with Goehr at Cambridge. He also attended the Contemporary Composition Course at the Britten–Pears School in ...

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Elizabeth Forbes and Alan Blyth

(b Boston, Dec 30, 1952). American soprano. She studied at Yale University and made her début in 1978 as the Queen of Night at the New York City Opera, where she also sang Rosina, Gilda, Olympia (Les contes d’Hoffmann) and Lora (...

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Larry Palmer

(b Chicago, IL, Oct 5, 1934; d Honolulu, HI, May 29, 2009). American educator and organist. He attended Illinois Wesleyan University and Union Theological Seminary (MSM 1957, DSM 1961), studying organ with Lillian McCord, Robert Baker, and, as winner of a Fulbright grant for two years, Helmut Walcha in Frankfurt, Germany. An exacting, demanding, and colorful organ teacher, Anderson spent his entire career (...

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Barbara A. Petersen and Judith Rosen

(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 (...

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Guthrie P. Ramsey Jr

(b Coatesville, PA, Aug 17, 1928). American composer. Born into a musical family, he began piano study with his mother at the age of five and formed his first touring jazz ensemble at the age of 13. He studied at West Virginia State College (BMus ...

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Edward H. Tarr

(b Alès, France, May 21, 1933; d Bayonne, France, Feb 25, 2012). French trumpeter. At the age of 14 he became a miner like his father, from whom he learnt to play the trumpet (his father, also named Maurice, was an amateur trumpeter who played with great endurance). He studied under Sabarich at the Paris Conservatoire from ...

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Barry Kernfeld

(b Manchester, CT, Nov 17, 1931; d August 26, 2003). American trombonist. After studying at the Schillinger House in Boston (1949–50) he performed and recorded with Charlie Spivak (1950–51), the Sauter–Finegan Orchestra (July 1955 – December 1956), and Woody Herman (...

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Irina Boga

(b Braşov, Romania, Oct 18, 1946). Romanian conductor and composer. He studied at the Bucharest Conservatory with Constantin Bugeanu (conducting) and Ștefan Niculescu (composition), received the Herder grant, and studied at the Vienna Academy of Music with Hans Swarowsky and Karl Österreicher, continuing his education with Sergiu Celibidache in Bucharest, Trier, and Munich. He has been the main conductor of the Ploiești Philharmonic (...

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George J., Jr. Grella

(b Palo Alto, CA, Oct 10, 1985). American composer and pianist. After studying composition during high school at Juilliard’s Pre-College division, he attended Yale, where he studied composition with martin Bresnick, ingram d. Marshall, Aaron Jay Kernis, and Chris Theofanidis (BA 2007, MM ...

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Jere T. Humphreys

(b Herrington, KS, June 4, 1929). American music educator, author, and illustrator. She obtained two degrees from the same institution, Arizona State College (BA 1951), later Arizona State University (MA 1961). She was a teacher and music supervisor in the public schools of Arizona (...

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Sarah L. Martin

(b Hominy, OK, Sept 25, 1915; d Norman, OK, Aug 10, 1987). American organist, teacher, and clinician. Andrews Boggess received her BM degree from the University of Oklahoma and a MFA degree from the University of Michigan. She was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She did additional graduate work at Union Theological Seminary in New York. Her teachers included Arthur Poister, David McK. Williams, Palmer Christian, Carl Weinrich, and Marcel Dupré. She served as organist/choirmaster of St John’s Episcopal Church in Norman, Oklahoma (...

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Howard Goldstein

(b Walton-on-Thames, Oct 1, 1935). English singer and actress. Her prodigious talents as singer and dancer were recognized early on by her mother (Barbara Morris Wells, a pianist), and stepfather (Ted Andrews, a Canadian vaudeville performer). After vocal lessons with Lilian Stiles-Allen and sporadic appearances in her parents' act, she made her solo début at the age of 12 in the ...

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George Vlastos

(b Larissa, Sept 13, 1971). Greek composer. Immigrated to Portugal in 2004. After completing his basic music studies in Athens (Viola diploma, 1992), he took postgraduate studies in viola at the Utrecht School of the Arts (1996) and at the Maastricht Academy of Music (...