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Parker, Alice

Christine Ammer

in Oxford Music Online

Published in print January 2001 |
Published online January 2001 | e-ISBN: 9781561592630 | DOI:

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(b Boston, Dec 16, 1925). American composer, conductor and teacher. She studied at Smith College (BA 1947) and the Juilliard School of Music (MS 1949), where her teachers included Robert Shaw, Julius Herford and Vincent Persichetti. She worked as an arranger for the Robert Shaw Chorale (1949–67) and taught at Westminster Choir College; she founded and directs Melodious Accord, Inc. Her more than 400 compositions include operas, cantatas, choral pieces, and song cycles on Amerindian texts and poems by Emily Dickinson, Edna St Vincent Millay and Archibald MacLeish, among others. Her association with Shaw produced numerous choral settings of American folksongs, hymns and spirituals. Her many honours include a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, ASCAP awards, honorary doctorates, grants from the NEA and AMC, and commissions from Chanticleer, the Vancouver Chamber Singers and the Atlanta SO. She is the author of Musical Reference Grammar (New York, ...

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Subjects: Contemporary Music

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