American composer Emma Lou Diemer was born in Kansas City, MO and showed a great interest in composing music from a young age. She majored in composition at the Yale Music School and the Eastman School of Music, obtaining her Ph.D. in 1960. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Brussels, Belgium and spent two summers of composition study at the Berkshire Music Center. Throughout her career she has taught at several colleges, concertized extensively as a keyboard performer, received numerous awards and commissions, and published works for orchestra, chamber ensemble, keyboard, choir and solo voice.
In 1971, she moved from the east coast to teach composition and theory at the University of California, Santa Barbara where she was instrumental in founding the electronic-computer music program. In 1991 she became Professor Emeritus from USCB while she was service as composer-in-residence for the Santa Barbara Symphony.
We will be performing Hope is the thing with feathers by Emma Lou Diemer at our upcoming concert on May 15th!