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Name: David Rosenboom (1947-)

Historical Note:

David Rosenboom (1947- ) was born on September 9, 1947 in Fairfield, Iowa. At the age of seventeen, Rosenboom attended Interlochen, studying music compostion. This experience inspired him to pursue a an undergraduate degree in composition at the University of Illinois, where he studied with Salvatore Martirano, Kenneth Gaburo, LeJaren Hiller, and Gordon Binkerd. During his time at Illinois, Rosenboom also played violin in the University Symphony Orchestra and the University of Illinois Contemporary Chamber Players, studying with Homer Schmidt and Paul Rolland. Rosenboom also studied piano with Soulima Stravinsky, percussion with Jack McKenzie, and conducting with Bernard Hermann. In 1968, Rosenboom transfered to New York University, where he studied experimental psychology with Lloyd Kaufman, George Sperling, Edgar E. Coons, and Les Fehmi. In 1969, Rosenboom left NYU without completing his degree in order to serve on faculty at Intermedia Institute Inc, in New York City, to form the Neurona Music Company with William Rouner, and to perform with LaMonte Young's minimalist ensemble Theater of Eternal Music. 

In 1970, Rosenboom composed his first bio-feedback musical work, Ecology of the Skin. In that year, he was also hired as one of the first music faculty members at York University in Toronto, where he co-founded the music and interdisciplinary studies program. Throughout the early 1970s, Rosenboom explored brainwave-generative music, which resulted in his first book Biofeedback and the Arts, published in 1975. In 1979, he joined the faculty of Mills College, serving as the Darius Milhaud Chair and Director of the Center for Contemporary Music until 1990. In that year, he became a Professor of Experimental Sound Practices at the Herb Alpert School of Music at the California Institute of the Arts. Between 2020 and 2023, he served as the Roy E. Disney Family Chair of the Institute. Rosenboom was hired by the University of Illinois at four points in his career: in 1969 as a resident composer, in 1977 as a visiting lecturer, and in 1995 and 2022 as the George A. Miller Visiting Professor of Music.




Note Author: Nolan Vallier

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