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Samuel Adler


Samuel Adler's early positions included Professor of Composition at the University of North Texas, music director of the Dallas Lyric Theater, and the Dallas Chorale. From 1966 until his retirement in 1994, he taught at the Eastman School of Music in New York. Since 1997, he has been a member of the composition faculty at the Juilliard School of Music. Additionally, Mr. Adler has given master classes and workshops for over 300 universities worldwide.

Mr. Adler holds a B.M. from Boston University, an M.A. from Harvard University, and four honorary doctorates. His teachers included Herbert Fromm, Paul Hindemith, and Aaron Copland.

During his tenure in the U.S. Army, he founded, and conducted, the Seventh Army Symphony Orchestra, and because of the orchestra's impact on the European cultural scene, was awarded the Army's Medal of Honor.

Samuel Adler has created over 400 published works in a variety media including: five operas; six symphonies; eight string quartets; eight concerti for organ, piano, violin, cello, flute, guitar, saxophone quartet, woodwind quintet; many short orchestrals; works for wind ensemble and band; chamber music; and a great deal of choral music and songs. He has also published three books. in May 2001, Mr. Adler was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and was later awarded the Aaron Copland Prize for lifetime achievement in composition and teaching by ASCAP in May 2003.
Samuel Adler