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Howard Jonathan Fredrics
Howard in Texas, 1999
Fredrics, Howard Jonathan (b. 1962, New York City). American composer of mostly orchestral, chamber and electroacoustic works that have been successfully performed in Europe and in the USA; he has also written much commercial music.
Dr. Fredrics studied composition with Randolph Coleman, Richard Hoffmann and Joseph Wood and electronic music with Conrad Cummings and Gary Nelson at the Oberlin Conservatory and graduated with a BMus in composition in 1985. Next he studied composition with Donald Grantham, Karl Korte and Russell Pinkston at the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned his MMus in 1991 and his DMA in 1998.
He also studied electronic music at the EMS and composition with William Brunson at the Musikhgskolan in Stockholm in 1992-93 and composition with Mario Davidovsky at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in 1995 and has attended masterclasses with Jacob Druckman, Lukas Foss and Gunther Schuller.
He has received the ASCAP Special Award annually since 1992 and has also won the ASCAP Young Composers Award (1982), an Emmy and the Jury Prize at the Concours International de Musique lectroacoustique de Bourges (1993) and the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States and Telly awards (1994). In addition, he has received the Musica Nova Special Prize and Third Prize at the Tampa Bay Composers Forum International Composition Competition (1995) and the Jury Prize at the Luigi Russolo International Composition Competition (1998).
He taught at the University of Texas at Austin in 1988-89 and 1993-94, the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in 1991-92 (and taught summer sessions there as well from 1986-91), Austin Community College in 1995-96, Western Carolina University in 1996-97, and Brown University from 1997-99. He has been the Assistant Professor of Composition, Theory and Music Technology at Texas A&M University since 1999 and has also lectured in Finland and Sweden.
Since 1987, he has led Auracle Publications (composing music that has been featured on ABC, PBS and Univisin, as well as music for CD-ROMs and Nintendo games) and since 1993, he has directed the Sarus Ensemble in Texas.Fidel, The Communist Pig
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