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Peter Child, Professor of Music, MacVicar Faculty Fellow. Ph.D., Composition, Brandeis University. Peter Child was Meet the Composer-American Symphony Orchestra League "Music Alive" composer-in-residence with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, 2005-08 and is presently composer-in-residence with the New England Philharmonic Orchestra. He was born in England in 1953 and has lived in the US since enrolling at Reed College through a junior-year exchange program. Child's composition teachers include William Albright, Bernard Barrell, Arthur Berger, Martin Boykan, Jacob Druckman and Seymour Shifrin. His work has earned awards and commissions from The Jebediah Foundation, Bank of America Celebrity Series, Music of Changes, the Fromm Foundation, the Harvard Musical Association, Tanglewood, WGBH Radio, East and West Artists, the New England Conservatory, League/ISCM, and the MIT Council for the Arts, as well as two Composition Fellowships from the Massachusetts Artists Foundation. He has received fellowships from the Watson Foundation, the MacDowell Colony and the Composers' Conference at Wellesley College, and four 'New Works' commissions from the Massachusetts Council for the Arts and Humanities. His music has been recorded on New World, Lorelt (UK), CRI, Neuma, Centaur, and Rivoalto (Italy) labels.

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Peter Child