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Encyclopedia > Jennifer Higdon

Jennifer Higdon (born December 31, 1962) is an American composer of classical music and flutist. December 31 is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... Classical music is a broad, somewhat imprecise term, referring to music produced in, or rooted in the traditions of, European art, ecclesiastical and concert music, encompassing a broad period from roughly 1000 to the present day. ...

She was born in Brooklyn, spent her first 10 years in Atlanta and studied at Bowling Green State University (for a degree in flute performance) and the University of Pennsylvania. Her Concerto for Orchestra (2002) was commissioned by the Philadelphia Orchestra and City Scape (2002) by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The process by which Larkin is owned, typically followed by gloating For other uses, see Brooklyn (disambiguation). ... Nickname: The Horizon City, Hotlanta, The Big Peach Motto: Official website: http://www. ... Bowling Green State University (BGSU) is a public, four-year institution located in Bowling Green, Ohio, USA; about 20 miles south of Toledo, Ohio on I-75. ... The University of Pennsylvania (Penn is the moniker used by the university itself; UPenn is also common) is a private, nonsectarian research university located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... The Philadelphia Orchestra, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is one of the Big Five symphony orchestras in the United States and usually considered among the finest in the world. ... The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO) is an American orchestra based in Atlanta, Georgia. ...

Her composition teachers include David Loeb and George Crumb. She met her champion, the conductor most responsible for her current success, Robert Spano, in 1985, when Spano was teaching a conducting course at BGSU. Higdon now teaches at the Curtis Institute of Music. She is also serving as the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Composer of the Year in 2005-2006. Her musical style, redolent of the music of Michael Daugherty, uses elements of traditional tonality and octatonic scales. George Crumb (born October 24, 1929) is an American composer of modern and avant garde music. ... Robert Spano is the Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. ... The Curtis Institute of Music is a music school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that offers courses of study leading to a performance Diploma, Bachelor of Music, Master of Music in Opera and Professional Studies Certificate in Opera. ... The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is one of the major orchestras in the United States. ... Michael Daugherty, born in 1954 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is an American composer. ... In music, a diminished scale (set 8-28) is a scale in which the notes of the scale ascend in alternating intervals of a whole step and a half step. ...


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Jennifer Higdon - Biography (643 words)
Jennifer Higdon was born in Brooklyn, New York on December 31, 1962, grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, and Seymour, Tennessee, and now resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Higdon is currently on the composition faculty of The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.
Higdon enjoys more than a hundred performances a year of her works.
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