ALAN PEARLMUTTER

Conductor, Music Director

Alan Pearlmutter is a conductor and music professor. Over a period of many years, he has taught music from kindergarten through graduate school. In the Boston region most recently, he has taught at Bristol Community College in Fall River, for Boston University's online graduate music education program as well as at Merrimack College in North Andover. Prior to his move to Boston he served the music departments of numerous mid-west colleges including Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey, Southwestern Illinois College in Granite City, Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, McKendree College in Lebanon, Greenville College in Greenville, and Kaskaskia College in Trenton. He has also taught at Saint Louis University, Saint Charles County Community College, and Fontbonne College. Prior to working in higher education, Alan Pearlmutter taught choral/general music in the secondary schools of New York City, Baltimore, and St. Louis.

In 1990, Alan founded Musical Diversions Society, a chamber orchestra in St. Louis that through 2001, attracted the musical talents of several hundred young people and adults. The orchestra, funded independently by the Edward Chase Garvey Memorial Foundation, performed both known and obscure works, showcasing student and professional adult soloists as well.

Originally educated at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, Alan received bachelors and masters degrees, later earning the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore. The many workshops and festivals Alan Pearlmutter has attended include the Blossom Choral Festival, Saratoga-Potsdam Choral Festival, Brockport NY Summer Festival, Aspen Music School and Festival, Symphony School of America, Eastern Institute of Orchestral Studies, Conductors Institute, Oregon Bach Festival, and the Pierre Monteux School. Conducting teachers have included Daniel Lewis, Charles Bruck, Richard Lert, Jean Morel, and Frederick Prausnitz. Alan was a semifinalist in the American Conductor Competition sponsored by Harold Farberman and the Oakland CA Symphony. Trained in percussion, jazz drumming, and piano, Alan has explored composition in recent years and works include an orchestral composition, woodwind quintet, string composition, brass piece, and choral work. Serenade was performed by Jay Fishman and the Minnesota Sinfonia in 2001.

Alan Pearlmutter has had several articles published in the Journal of the Conductor Guild, an organization that he served as secretary in its earliest years. He has also been a member of the College Music Society, American Symphony Orchestra League, American Composers Forum, ASCAP, the Copland Heritage Society, and Music Educators National Conference.

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