BRUCE SAYLOR (b 1946 )
Bruce Saylor earned degrees from The Juilliard School and a PhD from the CUNY Graduate Center. He also studied at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome. His four operas include Orpheus Descending after Tennessee Williams, and The Image Maker after James Merrill. He has provided scores for important national occasions and religious events, among them President Clinton’s second inauguration and the papal visits of John Paul II and Benedict XVI. He has also worked extensively with American soprano Jessye Norman, including her two best-selling holiday CDs and her “Sacred Ellington” concert which has toured the world. Among Saylor’s awards are the Guggenheim, Fulbright, Mellon, the Ives Scholarship and the Music Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the National Composition Prize from the National Society of Arts and Letters, and a major award for composition from the Ingram Merrill Foundation. Bruce Saylor is professor of music, having joined the Queens College music faculty in 1978.