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Biographical Sketch of Sam Adler


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Sam AdlerSamuel Hans Adler was born March 4, 1928 in Mannheim, Germany. He is the son of Hugo Chaim and Selma Rothschild Adler. He came to the United States in 1939 and was naturalized in 1945. Inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in May 2001, Samuel Adler is the composer of over 400 published works, including 5 operas, 6 symphonies, 12 concerti, 8 string quartets, 4 oratorios, many other orchestral, band, chamber, choral works, and songs, which have been performed all over the world. He is also the author of three books, and has contributed numerous articles to major magazines and books published in the U.S. and abroad. Adler was educated at Boston University (1948, MusB) and Harvard University (1950, MA), and holds four honorary doctorates (MusD, Southern Methodist University, 1969; DFA, Wake Forest University; St. Mary's College, Indiana, 1986; DMus, St. Louis Conservatory, 1986).

His major teachers in composition were: Herbert Fromm, Walter Piston, Randall Thompson, Paul Hindemith, and Aaron Copland; in conducting Serge Koussevitzky. He is Professor-emeritus at the Eastman School of Music where he taught from 1966 to 1995 and served as chair of the composition department from 1974 until his retirement.

Before going to Eastman, Adler served as professor of composition at the University of North Texas (1957-1977) and Music Director at Temple Emanu-El in Dallas, TX (1953-1966). Since 1997, he has been a member of the composition faculty at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City.

While serving in the United States Army (1950-1952), Adler founded and conducted the Seventh Army Symphony Orchestra, and because of the orchestra's great psychological and musical impact on European culture, he was awarded the Army's Medal of Honor. In May 2003, Adler was awarded the Aaron Copland Award by ASCAP on the occasion of Adler's 75th birthday for life-time achievement in Composition and Teaching. Adler has received awards from the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Charles Ives Award, 1965, Lillian Fairchild Award, 1968, Deems Taylor Award, 1983, Guggenheim fellow, 1984-85; Composer of the Year from American Guild of Organists, 1989 and 1991. He has also received Academy and Insittue Arts and Letters Award, 1990, six 1st prizes in Texas Composers Contest and Grantee of the National Endowment of the Arts.

Adler has appeared as conductor with many major symphony orchestras both in the U.S. and abroad. His compositions are published by Theodore Presser, Oxford University Press, G. Schirmer, Carl Fischer, E.C. Schirmer, Peters Edition, Ludwig Music, Southern Music Publishers, Transcontinental Music Publishers: and recorded on Naxos, RCA, Gaspara, Albany, CRI, Crystal, New World, and Vanguard.

Sam Adler is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, American Society of Composers, Music Teachers National Association, Music Educators National Conference, Phi Betta Kappa, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia among others.

For further readings of Sam Adler:
Sam Adler is author of:
The Study of Orchestration. New York: Norton, 1982. 3rd ed., 2002.
Choral Conducting: An Anthology. New York,; Rinehart & Winston, 1971, 2nd revised ed, 1985.
Sight singing: Pitch, Interval, Rhythm. New York: Norton, 1979, 2nd revised ed., 1996.

For further reading about Sam Adler:
Marquis Who's Whos listings are:
Who's Who in America - 2007, 61st Edition (pub. 2006)
Who's Who in America - 2006, 60th Edition (pub. 2005)
Who's Who in America - 2005, 59th Edition (pub. 2004)
Who's Who in America - 2004, 58th Edition (pub. 2003)
Who's Who in America - 2003, 57th Edition (pub. 2002)
Who's Who in America - 2002, 56th Edition (pub. 2001)
Who's Who in America - 2001, 55th Edition (pub. 2000)
Who's Who in America - 2000, 54th Edition (pub. 1999)
Who's Who in America - 1999, 53rd Edition (pub. 1998)
Who's Who in America - 1998, 52nd Edition (pub. 1997)
Who's Who in America - 1997, 51st Edition (pub. 1996)
Who's Who in America - 1996, 50th Edition (pub. 1995)
Who's Who in America - 1995, 49th Edition (pub. 1994)
Who's Who in America - 1994, 48th Edition (pub. 1993)
Who's Who in America - 1992-1993, 47th Edition (pub. 1992)
Who's Who in America - 1990-1991, 46th Edition (pub. 1990)
Who's Who in America - 1989-1990, 45th Edition (pub. 1988)
Who's Who in America - 1987-1988, 44th Edition (pub. 1986)
Who's Who in America: Student Version - 1992, 2nd Edition (pub. 1992)
Who's Who in America: Student Version - 1989, 1st Edition (pub. 1989)
Who's Who in Entertainment - 1998-1999, 3rd Edition (pub. 1997)
Who's Who in Entertainment - 1992-1993, 2nd Edition (pub. 1992)
Who's Who in Entertainment - 1989-1990, 1st Edition (pub. 1988)
Who's Who in the East - 1989-1990, 22nd Edition (pub. 1988)
Who's Who in the East - 1986-1987, 21st Edition (pub. 1986)

Biography and Genealogy Master Index reveals more biographical data located in:
The ASCAP Biographical Dictionary. Third edition. New York: American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, 1966.
ASCAP Biographical Dictionary. Fourth edition. Compiled for the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers by Jaques Cattell Press. New York: R.R. Bowker, 1980.
Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. Sixth edition. Revised by Nicolas Slonimsky. London: Collier Macmillan Publishers, .
Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians. Seventh edition. Revised by Nicolas Slonimsky. New York: Macmillan Publishing Co., Schirmer Books, 1984.
Biographical Dictionary of American Music. By Charles Eugene Claghorn. West Nyack, NY: Parker Publishing Co., 1973.
Biography Index. A cumulative index to biographical material in books and magazines. Volume 7: September, 1964-August, 1967. New York: H.W. Wilson Co., 1968.
Biography Index. A cumulative index to biographical material in books and magazines. Volume 9: September, 1970-August, 1973. New York: H.W. Wilson Co., 1974.
Biography Index. A cumulative index to biographical material in books and magazines. Volume 15: September, 1986-August, 1988. New York: H.W. Wilson Co., 1988.
Composium Directory of New Music. Annual index of contemporary compositions. 1974 edition. Sedro Woolley, WA: Crystal Musicworks, 1974.
Composium Directory of New Music. Annual index of contemporary compositions. 1975 edition. Sedro Woolley, WA: Crystal Musicworks, 1975.
Composium Directory of New Music. Annual index of contemporary compositions. 1977 edition. Sedro Woolley, WA: Crystal Musicworks, 1977.
Composium Directory of New Music. Annual index of contemporary compositions. 1979 edition. Sedro Woolley, WA: Crystal Musicworks, 1979.
Composium Directory of New Music. Annual index of contemporary compositions. 1980 edition. Sedro Woolley, WA: Crystal Musicworks, 1980.
Composium Directory of New Music. Annual index of contemporary compositions. 1982/83 edition. Sedro Woolley, WA: Crystal Musicworks, 1983.
Contemporary American Composers. A biographical dictionary. First edition. Compiled by E. Ruth Anderson. Boston: G.K. Hall & Co., 1976.
Contemporary American Composers. A biographical dictionary. Second edition. Compiled by E. Ruth Anderson. Boston: G.K. Hall & Co., 1982.
Dictionary of Contemporary Music. Edited by John Vinton. New York: Dutton, 1974. This book ignores prefixes in filing surnames.
Discovering Jewish Music. By Marsha Bryan Edelman. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 2003. Entries begin on page 349.
The Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. Composers and their music. Two volumes. By William H. Rehrig. Westerville, OH: Integrity Press, 1991.
International Who's Who in Music and Musicians' Directory. Ninth edition. Edited by Adrian Gaster. Cambridge, England: International Who's Who in Music, 1980. Earlier editions published as Who's Who in Music and Musicians' International Directory.
International Who's Who in Music and Musicians' Directory. 12th edition, 1990-1991. Cambridge, England: International Who's Who in Music, 1990. Taylor and Francis International Publication Services, Bristol, Pa.
The New American Dictionary of Music. By Philip D. Morehead with Anne MacNeil. New York: Dutton, 1991.
The New Grove Dictionary of American Music. Four volumes. Edited by H. Wiley Hitchcock and Stanley Sadie. London: Macmillan Press, 1986.
The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. 20 volumes. Edited by Stanley Sadie. London: Macmillan Publishers, 1980.
The Oxford Companion to Music. 2002 edition. Edited by Alison Latham. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.
Source Citation for above: Biography and Genealogy Master Index. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Thomson Gale, 1980- 2006.


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