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William Bolcom

William Bolcom

A Discussion of William Bolcom’s First Symphony for Band

Clinic Synopsis:

William Bolcom discusses his First Symphony for Band (2008), a work commissioned by the Big Ten Band Directors’ Association and premiered by the University of Michigan Symphony Band. The session provides a look into a symphony grounded in the youth and exuberance of our band culture, which is younger than the “culture of orchestra” and historically more oriented to outdoor events/occasions. Moderated by Michael Haithcock, this clinic features the U.S. Marine Band (COL Colburn, Conductor).

William Bolcom - Biographical Information

William Bolcom, an American composer of chamber, operatic, vocal, choral, cabaret, ragtime, and symphonic music, is a National Medal of Arts-, Pulitzer Prize-, and Grammy Award-winning composer. Born in Seattle, Washington, he began composition studies at the age of 11. He later studied at Mills College, where he received a Master of Arts, at Stanford University (D.M.A.), and at the Paris Conservatoire, where he received the 2éme Prix de Composition. He joined the faculty of the University of Michigan’s School of Music in 1973. In the fall of 1994 he was named the Ross Lee Finney Distinguished University Professor of Composition. As a pianist, Bolcom has performed and recorded his own work frequently in collaboration with his wife and musical partner, mezzo-soprano Joan Morris.

Michael Haithcock is the Director of Bands and Professor of Music (Conducting), University of Michigan.