APNM COMPOSER: Bruce J. Taub
BRUCE J. TAUB was born in New York City. He began studying the bassoon at an early age with David Manchester of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and attended the High School of Music and Art. He was an active performer for many years as a member of the Composers Ensemble in New York. He has studied composition with Mario Davidovsky, Vladimir Ussachevsky, Jack Beeson, and Chou Wen-chung at Columbia University, School of the Arts where he was one of the first two recipients of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 1974. He also studied Indian Classical Music with Ravi Shankar. Mr. Taub has written over eighty compositions including pieces for orchestra, solo instruments, chamber ensemble, tape, computer, the ballet and two operas. His compositions have been performed by many contemporary music ensembles and at universities throughout the United States and Europe. His prizes and awards include the Marc Brunswick Award, the Joseph H. Bearns Prize, BMI Award and two Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has received commissions from Sigma Alpha Iota, the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, the Fromm Foundation, the Empyrean Ensemble, Ensemble 21, the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players and the Trio Maurice Duruflé in Paris among others. His music is published by C.F. Peters Corporation, the Association for the Promotion of New Music and Music for Percussion. He is a member of BMI, the American Music Center, and a former member of the Board of Governors of the American Composers Alliance. He has also been a member of the Executive Committee of the Society of Composers, Inc. for over thirty years and is a member of the Board of the Association for the Promotion of New Music. In 1990 he was made a National Arts Associate of Sigma Alpha Iota. Mr. Taub was Head of Publishing for C.F. Peters Corporation, Music Publishers from 1978-2000. He is currently a freelance consultant and engraver.