New York Times profiles Gettysburg College music Prof. Avner Dorman

The New York Times profiled Gettysburg College music Prof. Avner Dorman, a rising international star composer.

"Dorman's music works its magic by melding far-flung influences and making them sound natural together," reads the Times' April 8 story, under the headline "A composer not afraid to mash things up."

Dorman told the Times he has flown 35,000 miles traveling to performances just since September, illustrating the far-flung success of the composer, whose works have premiered under the baton of conductors such as the Israel Philharmonic's Zubin Mehta.

Read the Times' story

"This week alone I have six orchestral performances," Dorman told the Birmingham News last month, when the Alabama Symphony Orchestra premiered his "Astrolatry," a work about stars and constellations that the symphony commissioned.

Another of his many recent headlines was in the San Francisco Examiner: "Biblical power struggle at SF Symphony" described the premiere of another commissioned work, "Uriah: The Man the King Wanted Dead."

Hear his music and learn more about his connection to Gettysburg College and his belief in "the moral duty to teach."

Visit Dorman's website

Dorman is a professor of theory and composition at Gettysburg College's Sunderman Conservatory, which combines Gettysburg's superb music tradition and its strengths as one of the nation's leading liberal arts colleges. Established in 2005 through a $15.7 million gift from 1919 graduate Dr. F. William Sunderman Sr., the conservatory offers three degrees -- bachelor of music in performance, bachelor of arts in music, and bachelor of science in music education -- as well as a minor in music.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition. Alumni include Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars. The college, which enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students, is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Contact: Jim Hale, senior staff writer

Posted: Mon, 11 Apr 2011

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