William Schuman was born in New York City in 1910. He received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Teacher's College, Columbia University, took classes at thejuilliard School, and studied composition with Roy Harris. From 1935 to 1945 he taught at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. In 1945, after a short time as director of publications for G. Schirmer, Inc., he resigned to become president ofthejuilliard School, a position he held until 1962. From 1962 until 1969 he was president of Lincoln Center. Since 1969 he has assumed leadership roles in several prestigious arts organizations while continuing to produce numerous commissioned works. Mr. Schuman has received many awards, including the first Pulitzer Prize far music (in 1943). His principal compositions include ten symphonies, four string quartets, the ballets Undertow and Night Journey, a piano and a violin concerto, and many distinguished works for orchestra, among them the New England Triptych and American...


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