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The Mills College is a cultural- arts college in Oakland ( California). Originally founded in 1852 as the first women's college on the West Coast, it plays an important role in American musical life in particular due to its co- educational graduate program in contemporary music. Furthermore, its highly regarded departments of English and Education.
The Mills College was founded in 1852 as the Young Ladies Seminary in Benicia, California. Susan Tolman Mills and her husband Cyrus Mills bought the seminary in 1865 and renamed it Mills Seminary in. 1871 the company moved to Oakland in 1875 and renamed the Mills College. 1921, the first master 's degree was awarded. 1990 was the part of the university administration tried the Undergraduate Studies also open to male students. After protests by students and teaching staff, this decision was withdrawn.
Composers such as Charles Jones, Darius Milhaud ( until 1971 ) and Luciano Berio ( 1962-1964 ) were members of the music faculty. 1966-1967 led Pauline Oliveros, the newly established Tape Music Center and composed her early electronic works Alien Bog and Beautiful Soop. In the early 1970s, Terry Riley taught at Mills; Anthony Braxton and Katrina Krimsky taught there for several decades; Egon Petri and others worked as a musician " in residence". Morton Subotnick studied composition with Leon Kirchner and Darius Milhaud; known Mills graduates continue Laurie Anderson Trisha Brown, Dave Brubeck, Steve Reich, and the Grateful Dead musician Phil Lesh and Tom constants.
Beate Sirota graduated in modern languages with a Bachelor 's degree in 1943.