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Elinor Armer is a composer and music educator who grew up in Davis and took piano lessons from Fritz Berens, the conductor of the Sacramento symphony. She graduated from Davis High School in 1957. She studied music composition at Mills College under composer Darius Milhaud, later studied at UC Berkeley and S.F. State, and eventually joined the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she established their composition department in 1985.

 

 

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Elinor Armer is a composer and music educator who grew up in Davis and took piano lessons from Fritz Berens, the conductor of the Sacramento symphony. She graduated from Davis High School in 1957. She studied music composition at Mills College under composer Darius Milhaud, later studied at UC Berkeley and S.F. State, and eventually joined the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she established their composition department in 1985.

In 1985 she established the Composition Department and served as chair for eleven years. She studied composition with Darius Milhaud, Leon Kirchner and Roger Nixon, and piano with Alexander Libermann. Recipient of numerous awards, fellowships and commissions, Armer has performed and lectured throughout the country, and her works are performed regularly in the United States and abroad. Armer is one of the co-founders of Composers, Inc., and a member of ASCAP. Her compositions are published by J. B. Elkus & Son, a division of Subito Music Corporation. Among her best-known works is the eight-part fantasy Uses of Music in Uttermost Parts, written in collaboration with Ursula Le Guin. Her many references include the Elinor Armer Archive in the University of California–Berkeley Music Library and Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.


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