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Roger Huntington Sessions

Birthplace: New York, Kings County, New York, United States
Death: March 16, 1985 (88)
Princeton, Mercer County, New Jersey, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Archibald Lowery Sessions and Ruth Gregson Sessions
Brother of Hannah Sargent Andrews; Mary Huntington Sessions and Private

Occupation: Composer
Managed by: Gene Daniell
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About Roger Huntington Sessions

Wikipedia Biographical Summary:

"...Roger Huntington Sessions (December 28, 1896 – March 16, 1985) was an American composer, critic, and teacher of music.

Sessions was born in Brooklyn, New York, to a family that could trace its roots back to the American revolution. His mother, Ruth Huntington Sessions, was a direct descendant of Samuel Huntington, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Roger studied music at Harvard University from the age of 14. There he wrote for and subsequently edited the Harvard Musical Review. Graduating at age 18, he went on to study at Yale University under Horatio Parker and Ernest Bloch before teaching at Smith College. His first major compositions came while he was traveling Europe with his wife in his mid-twenties and early thirties.

Returning to the United States in 1933, he taught first 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. He 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 won a special Pulitzer Prize in 1974 citing "his life's work as a distinguished American composer."[ In 1982 he won the annual Pulitzer Prize for Music for Concerto for Orchestra, first performed by the Boston Symphony Orchestra on October 23, 1981.

He died at the age of 88 in Princeton, New Jersey..."


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Roger Huntington Sessions's Timeline

December 28, 1896
New York, Kings County, New York, United States
March 16, 1985
Age 88
Princeton, Mercer County, New Jersey, United States