- Barbara A. Peterson
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(b Pittsburgh, PA, Nov 14, 1932). American Composer. He studied with Vincent Persichetti at the Juilliard School (BS 1956, BM 1957). He received a Fulbright grant that enabled him to study with Karl Schiske at the Vienna Academy of Music (1958–9) and with Michael Gottfried Koenig at the University of Utrecht, spending a total of five years in Europe. Additionally, he studied with Aaron Copland, with Otto Luening, and at Columbia University, where he learned about electronic music. Zupko was a Ford Foundation/MENC composer-in-residence in Lubbock, Texas (1961–2), and then in Joliet, Illinois (1966–7). After these residencies ended, Zupko taught theory and founded the first Electronic Music Studio in Chicago at the Chicago Musical College at Roosevelt University (1967–71). From 1971 to 1997, he was a member of the faculty at Western Michigan University, where he taught composition and theory and founded and directed the Studio for Electronic and Computer Music. Zupko’s music first came to international prominence when his Violin Concerto won first prize in the Premio Città di Trieste in ...