Samuel Adler (composer)

Samuel Hans Adler ( born March 4, 1928 in Mannheim ) is a German - American composer and conductor.


Adler was born as the son of Hugo Chaim Adler Mannheim cantor and Selma Rothschild. After Kristallnacht, the father was imprisoned in Dachau concentration camp and forced to emigrate. The family fled in late 1938 in the U.S., where his father was employed as a cantor at Temple Emanuel in Worcester (Massachusetts ).

Sam Adler studied 1943-1947 Music at Boston University with Herbert Fromm and from 1948 to 1950 at Harvard University, among other things, with Aaron Copland, Paul Hindemith, Paul Pisk, Walter Piston and Randall Thompson, and received an MA in 1950. Serge Koussevitzky In 1949 he completed a course in conducting at Tanglewood.

During his military service from 1950 to 1952 he served in the Korean War and founded the United States Army, the Seventh Army Symphony Orchestra, which he conducted in more than 75 concerts in Germany and Austria. He was awarded the Medal of Honor. In 1953 he obtained a position as music director at Temple Emanu -El in Dallas. He also oversaw the Dallas Lyric Theater and the choir. Thereafter eagle was from 1957 to 1966 professor of composition at the College of Music at the University of North Texas and in the same capacity until 1995 at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester (New York). Since 1997 he is professor at the Juilliard School, where he the William Schuman Scholars Chair held in the academic year 2009/10.

Adler has held in many national and international universities, master classes and seminars and, where summer courses at major music festivals.

Adler is married to Emily Freeman Brown.


Adler has over 400 musical works published, including five operas, six symphonies, eight string quartets and several concertos, choral music and songs. Among his pupils at Juilliard were Eric Ewazen, Dana Wilson, Jay Greenberg and Jason Robert Brown. He has three more books to music written: Choral Conducting (1971 ), Sight Singing (1979) and The Study of Orchestration (1982) and composed of a large number of journal articles and book chapters.


Adler has received many awards and honored. The Southern Methodist and Wake Forest Universities, the St. Mary's College of Notre Dame and the St. Louis Conservatory of Music awarded him an honorary doctorate. In 1984 he received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1988, he was " Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar ." He became a member of the Berlin Academy of the Arts in 1999. He was in 2004 as Composer-in- Residence Fellow at the American Academy in Berlin. In May 2001 he became a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was accepted in October 2008 into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame.