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Composition Alumni

This is an extensive list of graduates of the Department of Composition. Alumni are invited to provide any new resume/career information as well any missing information about other graduates. Please send comments, questions and information to



Chudacoff, Edward D.M.A. 1959
Professor Emeritus of Music Theory at the University of Michigan
Early proponent of computer assisted ear training
Author of music theory textbooks

Ashley, Robert MM 1958
Organized the ONCE Festival, 1960s
Director of the Center of Contemporary Music at Mills College
Pioneered opera-for-television
International reputation for work in new forms of opera and multidisciplinary projects.

Yuregir, Yalcin MMus 1958

Neff, Jerome MMus 1957
One of the original Cortelu Composers

Vander, Judith BMus 1957
Also an ethnomusicologist and author

Bassett, Leslie D.M.A. 1956
Albert A. Stanley Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Music (UM)
1966 Pulitzer Prize for Music for his Variations for Orchestra.
Prix de Rome (1961-63)
Guggenheim Fellowships (1973, 1980)
Fulbright Fellowship to Paris (1950-51)
Naumburg Recording Award (1974)
Koussevitsky Music Foundation Award (1971, 1991)
Award from the National Endowment for the Arts
Publications, recordings, and membership in the American Academ of Arts and Letters (1964)

Lusterman, Don-David MMus 1955
Privater psychology practice in Baldwin, Long Island, New York

Berry, Barbara MMus 1954

Harris, Donald MMus 1954
Faculty at The New England Conservatory of Music (1967-1977)
Faculty at The Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford (1977-1988)
Dean of the College of the Arts and professor of music at Ohio State
Commissions from the Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation, Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Foundation in the Library of Congress, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Radio France, and the Cleveland Orchestra.Fulbright Scholarship (1956) and Guggenheim Fellowship (1966)
ASCAP Deems Taylor award in 1989
Award from American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters (1991)

Scavarda, Donald MMus 1953
Conductor and Participant in the ONCE festival
BMI Student Composer Award 1953
Fulbright Scholar

Yttrehus, Rolv MMus 1953
Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University, former teaching positions include University of Missouri, Purdue, University of Wisconsin, and Oshkosh

Cogan, Robert MMus 1952
Chair of Graduate Theoretical Studies and Professor of Composition at New England Conservatory
Co-author of “Sonic Design: The Nature of Sound and Music”
Author of “New Images of Musical Sound,” “Music Seen,” “Music Heard” and “The Sounds of Song”
Outstanding Publication Award from the Society for Music Theory (1987)Performed by The Cleveland Orchestra, North and West German radios, RIAS Orchestra of Berlin, the BBC, and the Avignon, Berlin, Gubbio, International Society for Contemporary Music, Montanea, Nice, Prix Italia, and Tanglewood festivals


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