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Samuel Adler

Samuel AdlerSAMUEL HANS ADLER (1928 – ) is the son of Cantor Hugo Chaim Adler and Selma Rothschild Adler. He was born in Mannheim, Germany, came to the United States in 1939 and was naturalized in 1945.

Inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters in May 2001, Mr. Adler is the composer of more than 400 published works, including five operas, six symphonies, 12 concerti, eight string quartets, four oratorios, and many other orchestral, band, chamber and choral works, which have been performed all over the world. He has written prolifically for the Hebrew liturgy and has been active consistently in the American cantorial and Jewish music infrastructure.

Mr. Adler was educated at Boston University and Harvard University and holds four honorary doctorates (Southern Methodist University, Wake Forest University, St. Mary’s Notre-Dame and the St. Louis Conservatory). His major teachers in composition were Herbert Fromm, Walter Piston, Randall Thompson, Paul Hindemith and Aaron Copland; in conducting, Serge Koussevitzky.

Dr. Adler was music director of Temple Emanu-El in Dallas from 1953 until 1966, when he became professor of composition (and later department chairman) at the Eastman School of Music. He also has served on the faculty of the Juilliard School since 1997, while remaining professor emeritus at Eastman.

While serving in the United States Army (1950 – 1952), Dr. Adler founded and conducted the Seventh Army Symphony Orchestra, and because of the orchestra’s great psychological and musical effect on European culture, he was awarded the Army’s Medal of Honor. In May 2003, Dr. Adler was awarded the Aaron Copland Award by ASCAP for life-time achievement in composition and teaching, on the occasion of Adler’s 75th birthday. Dr. Adler also has received awards from the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation. He was named Composer of the Year from the American Guild of Organists in both 1989 and 1991, and he received an American Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award in Music in 1990.

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