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Bruce Saylor

Bruce SaylorBRUCE SAYLOR (1946 – ) holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School, where he was a student of Hugo Weisgall and Roger Sessions. He also studied with Goffredo Petrassi at the Accademia di Santa Cecillia in Rome. He received his doctorate in 1978 from the City University of New York, where he studied with George Perle and Felix Salzer.

Mr. Saylor’s orchestra music has been performed by the American Composers Orchestra; the San Francisco, Houston, and Nashville symphonies; and many regional orchestras. His chamber music has been heard at festivals and concert halls in the U.S., Europe and Asia. He has written much music for dance as well as incidental music for numerous productions of Nine Circle Chamber Theater.

Mr. Saylor has written four operas, among them Orpheus Descending, set to a libretto by J.D. McClatchy after the play by Tennessee Williams. It was premiered at Lyric Opera of Chicago, where Mr. Saylor was the Lee and Brena Freeman composer in residence from 1992 to 1994. He has written five oratorios and numerous other large-scale pieces for occasions of state, among them Pope John Paul II’s visit to New York in 1995, President Clinton’s second inaugural (1997) and Bishop Frank Griswold’s investiture at the National Cathedral in 2000.

Mr. Saylor has composed the music and carol settings for two best-selling CDs of Jessye Norman, as well as arrangements of sacred music by Duke Ellington performed worldwide by Norman.


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