Jerry Tabor holds Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees in composition from the University of Maryland at College Park, where he studied with esteemed composer and theorist, Thomas DeLio. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree in theory and composition at the University of New Mexico under the guidance of Scott Wilkinson, William Wood, and Christopher Shultis. While at UNM, Tabor met John Cage and attended master classes with such composers as Milton Babbitt and Michael Colgrass.
Tabor writes music for various instrumental combinations, including orchestra, mixed chamber ensembles, chorus, vocal solo with piano, and jazz ensembles, as well as for the electroacoustic medium. His music has been commissioned by respected performers such as Frank Cox, Thomas Moore, and the Links Ensemble, as well as the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra. A number of Tabor’s compositions are being prepared for publication by Silent Editions and several are recorded on the Neuma Records label. His 1989 woodwind quintet, Texture and Color on a Wall, won the University of New Mexico Composition Competition and his 1994 work for large chamber ensemble, Ambit, was a finalist in the ASCAP Foundation Young Composer Competition (1995). As a featured composer at several music festivals and as a guest composer, he has presented his music at the John Donald Robb International Composers Symposium (NM), the Western Illinois University New Music Festival, The Electroacoustic Music: The Continuing Tradition conference (MD), the Holy Cross College New Music Festival (MA), George Mason University (VA), SUNY Buffalo, Catholic University (DC), Central Michigan University, and Hartwick College (NY), among others. His music has also been presented in Europe and at such festivals as the International Computer Music Conference, the Percussive Arts Society International Conference, the American Society for Cybernetics Conference, the Electronic Music Midwest Festival, and Society of Composers conferences.
Tabor’s research is focused in the areas of composition theory and compositional teaching methods. His important book on a pioneering theorist and cognitive musicologist, entitled, Otto Laske: Navigating New Musical Horizons, is published by Greenwood Press. He played an important role in the organization of a significant volume on the work of Thomas DeLio, Essays on the Music and Theoretical Writings of Thomas DeLio, Contemporary American Composer, for which he coauthored the introduction.
Dr. Tabor maintains a website: www.jerrytabor.com
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