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William Kleinsasser, Director

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                            KleinsasserWilliam Kleinsasser is a Professor of composition and related areas in the TU department of Music and is the Founding Director of the New Music Ensemble at Towson University.  He joined the faculty of Towson University in 1992.

William Kleinsasser's compositions range from acoustic chamber and orchestral pieces to interactive computer music. His work integrating electro-acoustic music with virtuoso instrumental performance has been widely recognized and supported by commissions and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council, the American Music Center, Meet the Composer, and the Argosy Foundation among others.  Kleinsasser's compositions have received national and international recognition in concerts, competitions, conferences and festivals. His music has been presented in public readings by the Indianapolis Symphony and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and a select list of presentations and performances include the ISCM-World Music Days, the National Symphony Orchestra, the League of Composers/ISCM, the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, the Philadelphia Orchestra Trombone Quartet, the American Camerata for New Music, duo runedako, the Washington DC Composers Forum, and the New Music Ensemble at Towson University.   Kleinsasser's music is recorded on the Mark, C74, Innova, Ars Harmonica (ICMA), and Everglades labels.  Kleinsasser holds DM and MM degrees in composition from Indiana University School of Music and BA and BM degrees from the University of Oregon.

Prior to assuming the directorship of the New Music Ensemble, Kleinsasser directed the 20th Century Music Festivals at TU from 1994-1999. These festivals presented performances and premieres, as well as lectures and master classes by guest composers including Joseph Klein, Andrew Rudin, and Cort Lippe, Christopher Dobrian, and guest performers including John Sampen, Daniel Koppelman, and duo runedako among others.

Office: CA3101
Phone: 410-704-2817

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