Adler, Samuel

American. Born, Mannheim, Germany, March 4, 1928. Came to US, 1939. Studied composing with Herbert Fromm, Walter Piston, Randall Thompson, Paul Hindemith and Aaron Copland. B.M. from Boston University, M.A. from Harvard University, and honorary degrees of: Doctor of Music from Southern Methodist University, Doctor of Fine Arts from Wake Forest University, Doctor of Music from St. Mary’s College (Indiana), and a Doctor of Music from Saint Louis Conservatory. Music Director at Temple Emanu-El, Dallas, Texas (1953-1966). Music director of the Dallas Lyric Theater (1954-1958). Professor of composition, North Texas State University (1957-1966). Professor of composition, Eastman School of Music (1966-1995). Chairman of dept., 1974-1995. Composed over 400 published works, including large scale works such as operas, symphonies and concerti, and for smaller forces, such as wind ensembles, band, choral works and chamber music. Widely published, Adler wrote several key contemporary books, such as The Study of Orchestration (1982, rev. 1989), Choral Conducting (1971), and Sight-Singing (1979, rev. 1997). While in the Army, he founded Seventh Army Orchestra and was awarded the Medal of Honor. Adler has won numerous prizes and honors, including an award from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Adler has more than a dozen recordings of his music. His alma mater, BU had an interview with Adler:
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