Discipline: Music Composition

David Olan

Discipline: Music Composition
Region: New York, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 1983, 1984, 1988, 1991, 1997
David Olan is professor of music at Baruch College and at the Graduate Center of CUNY, where he coordinates the doctoral program in musical composition. He has composed orchestral, chamber, vocal, and electronic music that has been performed widely in the U. S., Europe, and Japan. He has been commissioned by such organizations as the American Composers Orchestra, Parnassus, the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble, and the New Music Consort. Among his awards are Guggenheim, NEA, CAPS, and NYFA Fellowships, and a commission from the Serge Koussevitsky Foundation in the Library of Congress. His work is recorded on the CRI, New World, and OWL labels. He also is president of Composer Recordings Inc., the contemporary music label. His Symphony, commissioned by the American Composers Orchestra, reflects his work with ''the electronic medium,'' according to the composer's program notes.



David Olan worked in the MacDowell studio.

Built in 1912, Pine Studio was renamed MacDowell Studio in 1943 in recognition of support from a group of Edward MacDowell’s music students. It was built as a composers’ studio and the stuccoed walls were intended to be soundproof. Like many of the studios on property, MacDowell was winterized in the 1950s when the program began welcoming…

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