Educational Background

B.A. 1970 – University of Wisconsin-Madison (English Literature); Study during 1969-1970 at the Università di Bologna and the Conservatorio di Musica "G.B. Martini"; Thesis of Distinction: Cesare Pavese and the New Generation of Italian Writers, 1970

M.A. 1972 – University of Wisconsin-Madison (Italian Literature); Ford Foundation Fellowships, 1970-1972

M.M. 1974 – School of Music, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Composition); Major compositional study with Les Thimmig; electronic music with Burt Levy

Fellow 1974 & 1975 – Composers’ Conference, Johnson State College, Johnson, Vermont (summers); Compositional tutorials with Mario Davidovsky

M.M.A. 1976 – School of Music, Yale University (Composition); Major compositional study with Robert Morris, Krzysztof Penderecki, Toru Takemitsu and Yehudi Wyner; conducting with Arthur Weisberg; Bradley-Keeler Memorial Scholarship of Yale University, 1975; Yale School of Music Alumni Association Prize, 1976

1979-1980 – Conducting with Jaques Monod

D.M.A. 1980 – School of Music, Yale University (Composition)


Current Teaching

1977- present – Music Faculty, Sarah Lawrence College (full-time tenure):

Director, Music Program, 1987- present;

William Schuman Chair in Music, 1995-2007 (First recipient; established in 1995);

Margo C. Bogert Distinguished Service Chair, 2007-2010 (Established in 2004);

Seminars in Theory and Composition, Music of the 20th Century (analysis and performance: undergraduate and graduate), Music Software Lab, First-Year Studies in Music, Introduction to Music and Music History, Survey of Western Music, The Idea of a New Style;

Conference courses in Composition (undergraduate and graduate), Theory and Analysis, Piano, Violin, Orchestration, Conducting, and Chamber Music (Director)

Developed International Programs in Music in Catania, Dartington College of Art, Florence, Havana, Paris, at Oxford (Wadham College), and at the University of Leeds, and Exchange Programs in Music with CalArts and Falmouth University, England.


Other Teaching

1979-2017 – Seminars/panels/lectures/colloquia in Composition:
American Academy in Rome
Arizona State University at Tempe
Beijing Central Conservatory of Music
The Bellagio Study and Conference Center
Bloomingdale House of Music
Bogliasco Foundation’s Liguria Study Center for the Arts and Humanities
Brandeis University
California State University at Sacramento
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
City University of New York Graduate Center
Cornell University
Dartington College of Arts
The Djerassi Foundation, Stanford University
Genoa Conservatory of Music "Niccolò Paganini"
Harvard University
Hoff-Barthelson Music School
Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana
Juilliard School of Music
The MacDowell Colony
The Music Library Association
The National Flute Association
National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts in Miami, Florida, and, regionally, in Madison, Wisconsin
New School for Social Research
The New York Flute Club
Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Oxford University
Payap University in Chiang Mai
Shanghai Conservatory of Music
Southern Methodist University
Srinakharinwirot University in Bangkok
Staunton Music Festival – Road Scholars
State University of New York in Buffalo
Tulane University
University of Arizona at Tucson
University of California in Los Angeles
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music
University of St. Thomas
University of Wisconsin in Madison
University of Wyoming at Laramie
West Virginia Wesleyan College
Yale University

2016 – Fordham University, Outside Tenure Reviewer

2014 – Resident Faculty Composer, New Music On The Point Festival, Vermont

2007-present – Composer-in-Residence, Staunton Music Festival

2007 – Amherst College, Outside Tenure Reviewer

2005 – Composer-in-Residence, Dartington College of Arts, Totnes, Devon, UK

2004 – Visiting Guest Composer, University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, Liberty High School, Ruskin High School

2003 – Principal For A Day, High School for Violin and Dance (Morris High School), Bronx, sponsored by PENCIL (Public Education Needs Civic Involvement In Learning)

1999 – Professional Staff Congress-City University of New York Research Award Program, Review Panel

1994 – Columbia University, Doctoral Defense Committee

1990 – Composer-in-Residence, The Chamber Music Conference and Composers’ Forum of the East, Bennington, Vermont (summer)

1987 & 1994 – Visiting Professor, The University of Michigan Summer Program in Florence at the Villa Corsi-Salviati in Sesto Fiorentino; Seminars in American Music, and Florence: The Idea of a New Style

1985 – Composer-in-Residence, University of Wisconsin-Madison (summer)

1984-1987 – The Academic Year in New York City (ad hoc); Seminars in the History of Music

1978 – Seminar Instructor, Federal Correctional Institution at Oxford, Wisconsin (Summer Music Seminars); Six Lectures on American Music

1975-1976 – Teaching Fellow, School of Music, Yale University; Italian for Singers. Author of text — Italian for Singers – for this course. Language coach for a production of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea.

1973-1974 – Teaching Assistant, School of Music, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Second Year Theory

1973-1974 – Ad Hoc Instructor, University Extension, University of Wisconsin- Madison; Department of French and Italian (summers); Italian for Reading Knowledge

1970-1973 – Teaching Assistant, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Department of French and Italian; Italian Language


Private Composition Tutorials

2001-present – All levels, including graduate students either completing MA degrees or preparing for entrance into Ph.D. or DMA programs.


Education Awards

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant, 2017

Bank of New York Teaching Excellence Award, Sarah Lawrence College, 2006

Hewlett-Mellon Grant, 1998

The 1997 Distinguished Alumni Award presented by the Board of Directors, GLB Alumni Council of the University of Wisconsin Alumni Association, in recognition of achievements as a composer and performer; first recipient who has distinguished him or her self in the arts