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Howard Sandroff
Howard Sandroff was recently honored on his 50th birthday by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Series with a retrospective concert, Sandroff at 50, including the world premiere of "ąshevet achim gam yachad," three other Sandroff works, and Igor Stravinsky's suite from the Soldier's Tales. This senior lecturer at the University of Chicago is a pioneer in the use of computers and electronics in live musical performance. Sandroff's compositions for soloists, mixed chamber ensembles and orchestras have been performed and broadcast internationally as well as heard at numerous contemporary music festivals. He has been guest composer at Julliard, Stanford University, and Northwestern among others and is currently director of U. of C.'s Computer Music Studio. Sandroff received his Masters of Music degree with Honors in Composition from Roosevelt University.

The composer, who studied at MIT 20 years ago, has recently written two pieces that have been regularly performed. Tephillah, his 1990 composition for clarinet and computer, is an intricate collaboration with John Bruce Yeh (Chicago Symphony Orchestra). His 1996 Chants des Femmes is a piece for the usually mainstream local flutist Mary Stolper.

Born and raised in Chicago, Sandroff has been an active contributor to Chicago's music and art community for more than 25 years as a producer, conductor, teacher and arts advocate. He has served as the executive director of the Chicago Society of Composers, as artistic director and conductor of the New Art Ensemble and as a founding trustee of the Chicago Chamber Music Alliance and the Illinois Foundation for the Arts. He currently serves as a governor for the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) and on the WTTW Community Advisory Board. In addition to his work at the University of Chicago, Sandroff is a professor of sound art with the sound department of Columbia College in Chicago.

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