Musicologist Andrea Olmstead is the author of four books about the modernist American composer Roger Sessions, published by Routledge, Northeastern University Press, and UMI Research Press, as well as of Juilliard: A History (University of Illinois Press). She has held three National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships, been a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome eight times, and a Writing Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts on four occasions.
Olmstead has taught Music History at The Juilliard School, The New England Conservatory of Music, and at the University of Massachsetts–Amherst. She served as the Christopher Hogwood Research Fellow for the Handel & Haydn Society Chorus and Orchestra.
The librettist of Larry Bell’s opera Holy Ghosts, www.holyghoststheopera.com, based on Romulus Linney’s play, she produced the opera as well as sixteen CDs of Bell’s music.
Published: January 29, 2013.
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Andrea Olmstead’s Conversations with Roger Sessions, out of print, is now available in a new eBook format complete with updated Discography. Her interviews with the composer took place between 1974 and 1980 in New York. Originally published by Northeastern University Press in 1987, this book can now be easily obtained at online bookstores.
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