Alan Fletcher studied composition with Edward T. Cone, Paul Lansky, and Milton Babbitt at Princeton and Roger Sessions at Juilliard, and piano with Robert Helps and Jacob Lateiner. He earned his A.B. at Princeton, Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude, and his M.M. and D.M.A. at Juilliard as a Danforth graduate fellow, where he received the Irving Berlin Fellowship and the Alexandre Gretchaninoff Prize. He also attended the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard's Graduate School of Education, and has been a frequent fellow at the MacDowell Colony. Fletcher's music includes more than 70 works in all traditional classical forms. His Piano Sonata, written for Sergey Schepkin and commissioned by the FleetBoston Celebrity Series, was selected by The Boston Globe's Richard Dyer as one of the best new works of 1996; I saw in Louisiana a live-oak growing, also commissioned by the Celebrity Series, was chosen as one of the best new works of 2001. An American Song, for wind ensemble, won a national competition in 2000 to honor the United States Military Academy at West Point in its bicentennial year, and received the Paul Revere Award for excellence in musical score design from the American Music Center. He has written for the Raphael Trio, the New York Camerata, the Newton Choral Society, Princeton University, all of the principal ensembles at New England Conservatory, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Pappoutsakis Foundation, the New York State Summer School of the Arts, the Saengerfest Concert Chorus, and numerous solo artists including pianists Judith Gordon, Stephen Drury and Robert Taub, singers Mimi Lerner, Mary Ann Hart, Lisa Saffer, Mary Ann McCormick, and Christopherén Nomura, and cellist Andrés Díaz. His music is recorded on Albany Records and published by Boosey & Hawkes. In 1997, Fletcher was chair of the 1997 Salzburg Seminar Music for a New Millennium: The Classical Genre in Contemporary Society, which brought 70 distinguished musical leaders from around the world to Mozart's birthplace for discussions about the future of classical music. Before coming to Carnegie Mellon in August 2001, he served for 16 years on the faculty of New England Conservatory, where he was also Provost and Dean of the College.


Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory | January 20, 2001