Santa Barbara Music Club

Music of Emma Lou Diemer

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Saturday, November 4, 2017
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Trinity Episcopal Church

This concert celebrates renowned composer Emma Lou Diemer’s 90th birthday with a program of her works.


Travels Through Sound, for piano (selections)
Emma Lou Diemer, piano

Suite for Violin and Piano
Philip Ficsor, violin and Emma Lou Diemer, piano

Variations for Piano, four Hands: Homage to Ravel, Schoenberg, and May Aufderheide
Tachell Gerbert and Bradley Gregory, piano

Toccata for a Joyful Day
Morning has Broken (Gaelic melody – BUNESSAN)
Emma Lou Diemer, organ

A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Emma Lou Diemer received her degrees in music composition from the Yale School of Music (BM, MM) and the Eastman School of Music (PhD). She studied further in Brussels on a Fulbright Fellowship and at Tanglewood. Her music has been published since 1957 and includes works for orchestra, band, chamber ensembles, solo instruments, voices, and electronic pieces. She has received annual ASCAP awards since 1962 for performances and publications. Other recognitions include a Louisville Orchestra Student Award, a Ford Foundation Young Composers Grant for a 2-year composer-residency in the Arlington, VA schools, an NEA fellowship in electronic music, a “Composer of the Year” award from the American Guild of Organists, and others.  In 1992, she received a Kennedy Center Friedheim Award for her Concerto in One Movement for Piano, which was written for Betty Oberacker and premiered by Dr. Oberacker with the Santa Barbara Symphony.  She is Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she taught theory and composition from 1971 to 1991.  She was Composer-in-Residence with the Santa Barbara Symphony from 1990 to 1992 and organist at First Presbyterian Church in Santa Barbara from 1984 to 2000.