Campus: San Francisco State University -- January 27, 2000


Three San Francisco State Music Professors Win Composition Commissions From Foundation At Harvard

Of 11 commissions awarded, only San Francisco State wins more than one.

Three music professors at San Francisco State University have been awarded composition commissions from Harvard University's Fromm Music Foundation. Of the 11 awards bestowed, no other university or institution in the world received more than one.

The three are Wayne Peterson, a Pulitzer Prize-winner in music, and Ronald Caltabiano and Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, both of whom have received Guggenheim awards.

"I think it is no exaggeration to say that the San Francisco State University music composition faculty are - and are seen as - world class," said University President Robert A. Corrigan about the honors.

The three were selected from more than 100 entrants and chosen on the basis of proposals they submitted, work samples, and letters of recommendation. They will receive a commissioning fee; a subsidy is available for the ensemble that performs the premiere of the commissioned work.

Peterson, a retired faculty member whose early career in jazz is reflected in some of his music, has also been a Fulbright Scholar at the Royal Academy of Music in London and a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome. He has also received awards and commissions from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, Louisville Symphony, the Kousevitsky Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the America Composers' Orchestra. His Pulitzer Prize was awarded in 1992 for "The Face of the Night, the Heart of the Dark," commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony.

Caltabiano, an associate professor of music, has received major awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation as well as from Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) and the American Society of Composers, Arrangers and Publishers (ASCAP). A graduate of the Julliard School, where he studied with Elliott Carter and Vincent Persichetti, he was an assistant to Aaron Copland during the last five years of that composer's life. He has studied composition with Peter Maxwell Davies and conducting with Harold Farberman and Gennadi Rozdesvensky.

Sanchez-Gutierrez, an assistant professor of composition and theory, has received awards and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Tanglewood Music Center, the U.S./Mexico Fund for Culture, the National Institute of Fine Arts of Mexico, U.N.E.S.C.O., the Fulbright Commission, BMI, and the National Fund for the Arts and Culture of Mexico. He received the 1994 Mozart Medal, was named Distinguished Artist by the New Jersey Council on the Arts in 1995, and obtained the 1996 Presidential Award for Outstanding Faculty at San Francisco State.

The Fromm Foundation, which has been based at Harvard since 1976, seeks to strengthen music composition and to bring contemporary concert music closer to the public.

San Francisco State University is a highly diverse community of 27,000 students and 3,500 faculty and staff. It is one of the largest campuses in the nationally recognized 23-campus California State University system.



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