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Stephen Dankner


Composer Stephen Dankner's works encompass the breadth of scope and range of expressions of the late-Romantic tradition. His style emphasizes melody, rich textures and chromatic harmony.

Dr. Dankner attended New York University, Queens College and the Juilliard School where he was awarded a Doctorate of Musical Arts in 1971. He trained under Roger Sessions, Paul Creston and Vincent Persichetti. His music has been commissioned, performed and recorded by orchestras, ensembles and institutions, among them, the National Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic and the Aspen Music Festival.

He composed extensively for orchestra, chamber ensembles, soloists and computer-controlled synthesizers. Major works include concertos for violin, saxophone, piano and cello as well as a film score and a large number of electronic music. Music for the Aquarium of the Americas was recorded under the computer-controlled electronic music installation commissioned by the Audubon Institute for the New Orleans Aquarium of the Americas. It is currently a permanent part of its exhibit.

Dr. Dankner is currently Chair of the Music Department at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, an arts preparatory high school, and he serves on the faculty of Loyola University's College of Music where he teaches composition and electronic/computer music.
Stephen Dankner


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