Peter Schickele is a composer, musician, author, and satirist, who is recognized as one of the most versatile artists in the field. He graduated from Swarthmore College in 1957, where he majored in music. By this time he had already composed and conducted four orchestral works, much chamber music, and songs. He studied composition with Roy Harris and Darius Milhaud, and, at the Juilliard School of Music, Ames learned from Vincent Persichetti and William Bergsma. He has created music for four feature films -- the prize-winning Silent Running , Fantasia 2000, Where the Wild Things Are, and In the Night Kitchen. He has also composed music for documentaries, television commercials and several Sesame Street segments. Among his ongoing projects has been a weekly, syndicated radio program, Schickele Mix , which won ASCAP’s Deems Taylor Award.