Discipline: Music Composition

Chalmers Clifton

Discipline: Music Composition
MacDowell fellowships: 1910, 1914, 1916
Chalmers Dancy Clifton (1889-1966) was an American conductor and composer. Born in Jackson, Mississippi, he wrote a number of orchestral works as well as chamber music, and was a founder of The Orchestral Society. He served on the first jury deciding the Pulitzer Prize in Music and was part of that jury (including serving as the sole juror in 1947) for 18 years.



Chalmers Clifton worked in the Wood studio.

Wood Studio, given to the residency program by Mrs. Frederick Trevor Hill, was completed in 1913 in memory of Mrs. Hill’s mother, Helen Ogden Wood. Like Schelling Studio, the building is sided with large, overlapping pieces of hemlock bark. When the studio was renovated in 1995, MacDowell staff researched the origins of this unusual building material and…

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