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Marc Thorman

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Marc Thorman is a composer, pianist, and teacher in New York City. His compositions include works for computer, live electronics, solo piano, voice, orchestra, and chamber ensembles, as well as mixed-media works that combine sounds, spoken word, and visual images. Prof. Thorman earned a doctoral degree in music composition from the City University of New York in 2002 and has taught music theory and history in CUNY colleges citywide, and as a private instructor in piano, composition, and orchestration. He received a commission for the composition and production of a children's opera from Meet the Composer, was appointed composer in residence for the Contempo Players at Brooklyn College, and won the John Cage Award for Experimental Composition and the Barry S. Brooks Award for outstanding doctoral dissertation. Publications include an article in American Music, as well as in books and journals on contemporary music, rap and hip hop, and music improvisation. Prof. Thorman organized and performed a lecture-concert series featuring classical, ragtime, and experimental works, and spearheaded a campus-wide series of songwriting contests and performances by students. In Boston he was part of the art-rock renaissance, performing in Boston, London, and New York, with ten songs on independent recordings. Marc also worked as accompanist and composer for ballet and modern dance.