Discipline: Music Composition

Noel Zahler

Discipline: Music Composition
MacDowell Fellowships: 1979, 1983, 1983
Noel Zahler has a Ph.D. in musical arts from Columbia University; a master’s degree from Princeton University; a certificato di perfezionamento from L’Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy; and a bachelor’s degree from the Aaron Copland School of Music at CUNY Queens College. His awards and prizes include a National Endowment for the Arts Consortium Commission; a Fulbright/Hayes Fellowship to Italy; two McDowell Colony Fellowships; an Aaron Copland Foundation Grant in support of recording; a Connecticut Commission on the Arts Individual Artists Grant; and a Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) prize for the sound score to the computer-realized video “Gothic Tempest.” Zahler’s compositions include a wide range of vocal, instrumental, electro-acoustic, interactive and multimedia works. In addition, Zahler is the co-author of three computer software programs, the “Artificially Intelligent Computer Performer,” “Score Follow,” and “Music Matrix.” His writings on music theory and composition, artificial intelligence and music, and computer music have been published in various publications. Zahler was recently elected vice president of the American Composers Alliance.


Irving Fine

Noel Zahler worked in the Irving Fine studio.

Youngstown Studio was given to MacDowell by friends of Miss Myra McKeown in Youngstown, OH, where she promoted both art and music. It was renamed Irving Fine Studio in 1972 in honor of Irving Fine, a distinguished composer, conductor, and teacher who was a MacDowell Fellow during the 1940s and 1950s. The simple interior of the studio…

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