Happy Birthday to Richard Brooks December 26th

UNT Musicians with Arturo Ortega, conductorUNT Musicians with Arturo Ortega, conductorRichard Brooks (R) with Arnold Greissle-Schönberg and Nancy BogenRichard Brooks (R) with Arnold Greissle-Schönberg and Nancy BogenRichard Brooks recently returned from the University of North Texas where he attended a performance of his arrangement of Georg Schoenberg's cantata, Mein Lebenslauf.

The composer explains: "This is only the second performance of this work by Arnold Schoenberg's eldest son. The original score was written for Baritone solo, SATB chorus and orchestra, but exists only in a piano-vocal form; he indicated some instrumentation but a full score has never been found. My arrangement uses a Pierrot ensemble. I am also working with Georg Schoenberg's heirs to prepare a complete edition of his music."

Brooks' American Elegy for string orchestra will be performed during the SCI Region III Conference at Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA, in March, and then on June 2, his Four Miniatures for guitar and viola will be presented at a New York Composers Circle concert at Symphony Space Thalia.

Happy Birthday Richard Brooks!

RICHARD BROOKS (b. 1942) is a native of upstate New York and holds a B.S. degree in Music Education from the Crane School of Music, Potsdam College, an M.A. in Composition from Binghamton University and a Ph. D. in Composition from New York University.  From 1975-2004 he was on the music faculty of Nassau Community College where he was Professor and Department Chair for 22 years.

From 1977 to 1982 he was Chairman of the Executive Committee of the American Society of University Composers (now the Society of Composers, Inc.) on which he continues to serve as the Producer of the SCI Compact Disk Series.  In 1981 he was elected to the Board of Governors of the American Composers Alliance.  After serving two terms as Secretary and three terms as Vice-President he was elected President in the Fall of 1993 and served until 2002; he served as the Chair of the Board of Governors until 2011. Brooks also served as a member of the Junior/Community College Commission on Accreditation of the National Association of Schools of Music for ten years.