Roger Huntington Sessions (December 28, 1896 – March 16, 1985) was an American composer, teacher, and writer on music. He was born in Brooklyn, New York. He studied at Harvard University, Yale University and at Smith College. He won two Pulitzer Prizes in 1974 and in 1982.
Sessions taught at Princeton University (from 1936), moved to the University of California, Berkeley, where he taught from 1945 to 1953, and then returned to Princeton until retiring in 1965. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1961.
Sessions was appointed Bloch Professor at Berkeley (1966–67), and gave the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures at Harvard University in 1968–69. He continued to teach on a part-time basis at the Juilliard School from 1966 until 1983.
Sessions died at the age of 88 in Princeton, New Jersey on March 16, 1985.
References[change | change source]
- "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter S" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved April 20, 2011.
- Olmstead 2001.
Other websites[change | change source]
- Roger Sessions' page at Theodore Presser Company
- The Roger Sessions Society
- biographer/Andrea Olmstead contains a discography
- Andrea Olmstead papers, 1970-2013 Music Division, The New York Public Library. Olmstead's papers include correspondence with Sessions, transcripts of interviews with Sessions, and other records of Olmstead's Sessions research.
- The Seymour Shifrin Papers at Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University Shifrin's papers include two MSS by Roger Sessions