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Samuel Adler


Samuel Adler was born in Mannheim, Germany, in 1928 and came to the United States in 1939.  His early positions included Professor of Composition at the University of North Texas and 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 Rochester, New York.  Since 1997 he has been a member of the composition faculty at the Juilliard School of Music.  In addition, Mr. Adler has given master classes and workshops at 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, he was awarded the Army's Medal of Honor.
Samuel Adler has created over 400 published works in all media including five operas, six symphonies, eight string quartets, eight concerti (organ, piano, violin, cello, flute, guitar, saxophone quartet, woodwind quintet), many shorter orchestral works, works for wind ensemble and band, chamber music, a great deal of choral music and songs. He has published three books.
Mr. Adler was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in May 2001 and was awarded the Aaron Copland Prize for lifetime achievement in composition and composition teaching by ASCAP in May 2003.
Samuel Adler


  • Piano Concerto
  • A Festive Proclamation