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David Schiff

R.P. Wollenberg Professor of Music
Music Department
Division of the Arts

David Schiff, the R.P. Wollenberg Professor of Music, teaches courses in musical composition and theory and on twentieth and twenty-first century music, and he conducts the Reed College Orchestra. He is the composer of operas, symphonic works, concertos, chamber music, choral music and jazz compositions. His opera Gimpel the Fool has been recorded twice for Naxos; his jazz violin concerto, 4 Sisters, received its American premiere with Regina Carter and the Detroit Symphony; his orchestral work Stomp was recorded by the Baltimore Symphony conducted by David Zinman. His works have been performed by the Oregon Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra and the Virginia Symphony, and at Chamber Music Northwest, the Aspen Music Festival, Tanglewood, Ravinia, and Aldeburgh (UK). He is the author of books about Elliott Carter, George Gershwin, and Duke Ellington, and his articles and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, The Nation and the Times Literary Supplement.


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