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October 17, 2013
The New England Philharmonic Announces Gunther Schuller
Composer Laureate for Their 2013–14 Season
The New England Philharmonic (NEP), under the direction of
Richard Pittman, has named Gunther Schuller Composer Laureate for their 2013-14 season.
“Gunther Schuller was named composer laureate of the New England Philharmonic in recognition
of his stature as one of the outstanding composers in America and the world,” remarked NEP
Music Director Richard Pittman. “As a prominent educator, administrator, performer and eloquent
author of many important books about music, Schuller has been an influential, positive force in
American musical life. Honoring him as our Composer Laureate justifies our performing one of his
many works each season.” The NEP will perform the Boston debut of Schuller’s Dramatic Overture at
their May 3, 2014, concert.
German immigrants, his professional music career
began as a horn player, performing with the American
Ballet Theatre, as principal horn in the Cincinnati
Symphony (1943-1945), and with the Metropolitan
Opera from 1945-1959. Schuller’s jazz career also
began as a French horn player on Miles Davis’s Birth
of the Cool recording (1949-1950). As an educator,
Schuller first taught at the Manhattan School of Music
from 1950-1953. From 1964-1967 Schuller held the
position of Professor of Composition at Yale University. At the request of Aaron Copland, Schuller
began teaching at the Berkshire Music Center (at Tanglewood) in 1963 and subsequently served as
its artistic director from 1969-1984. From 1967-1977, Schuller served as President of the New
England Conservatory where he formalized NEC’s commitment to jazz by establishing the first
degree-granting jazz program at a major classical conservatory in 1969. Schuller has composed over
180 works, spanning all musical genres including solo works, orchestral works, chamber music,
opera, and jazz.
About the New England Philharmonic Now in its 37th season, the New England
Philharmonic (NEP), under the direction of Richard Pittman, is internationally renowned for its
daring programming encompassing both contemporary and traditional works. In 2013, the volunteer
orchestra was awarded its 9th ASCAP award for Adventurous Programming. Read More
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