Samuel Adler On the Web
Born in Mannheim, Germany
Creator of more than 400 published works, many of which are regularly performed by major ensembles. Published books on orchestration, musicianship, and choral conducting. Awards and grants: National Endowment for the Arts, American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Guggenheim Fellowship, Charles Ives Award, Lillian Fairchild Award, Koussevitsky Foundation, Barlow Foundation, Deems Taylor Award for his book Orchestration. Inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2001. Awarded the Aaron Copland Prize for lifetime achievement in composition and composition teaching by ASCAP in May 2003; inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame in November 2008. Professor of composition, Eastman School of Music, 1966-97; chairman of composition department, 1974-95. Named mentor of the U. of Rochester, 1984.
Degrees and Studies
Studies, Boston and Harvard Universities; holds four honorary doctorates. Conducting studies with Serge Koussevitsky; composition with Aaron Copland, Paul Hindemith, Hugo Norden, Walter Piston, and Randall Thompson.