Elliott Schwartz Is Current Ithaca College Karel Husa Visiting Professor Of Composition

ITHACA, NY — Eminent composer, pianist and teacher Elliott Schwartz will spend three days at Ithaca College as the School of Music’s current Karel Husa Visiting Professor of Composition. A part of the Enduring Masters Series, Schwartz’s visit will last from Oct. 12 to 15.

A highlight will be two public events on Tuesday, Oct. 14. At 7 p.m., Schwartz will give a free talk on his music in the Iger Lecture Hall in the James J. Whalen Center for Music. Then, at 8:15 p.m. in Ford Hall in the Whalen Center, the Ithaca College Wind Ensemble will perform one of Schwartz’s compositions. Conducted by Steve Peterson, the program will also feature works by Hindemith, Holst and Hass.

This concert is part of the Enduring Masters Series, a partnership between the Ithaca College School of Music and the Gerontology Institute and Linden Center for Creativity and Aging, both of which are components of the Division of Interdisciplinary and International Studies. The series is funded by the New York State Music Fund, which was established by the New York Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

Born in 1936 in New York City, Schwartz studied composition with Otto Luening and Jack Beeson at Columbia University. Schwartz is currently the Robert K. Beckwith Professor of Music at Bowdoin College, where he has taught since 1964, serving for 12 years as department chair. From 1988 to 1992 he held a half-time professorship of composition at The Ohio State University School of Music.

Schwartz’s music has been performed by numerous orchestras and ensembles, including the Minnesota Orchestra; Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Milwaukee Symphonies; Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble; New York Chamber Soloists; Atlanta Virtuosi; and Esbjerg Ensemble of Denmark. Major festivals and new music series featuring Schwartz’s work include the Monday Evening Concerts (Los Angeles), “Music of the Americas” series (London), Berkshire Festival (Tanglewood), “Music in Our Time” (New York), De Ijsbreker (Amsterdam, Netherlands), the York and Bath Festivals (Britain), and European Music Week (UNESCO Centre, Paris).

Among his many honors are a Dutch Gaudeamus Prize; two Rockefeller Foundation residencies at Bellagio, Italy; three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts; an NEA Consortium commission; and a McKim Fund commission from the Library of Congress.

For more information, contact Susan Harris, project coordinator, Ithaca College Gerontology Institute, at (607) 274-7007 or

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