David Ahlstrom (1927-1993) was a teacher of composition at Eastern Illinois University, Southern Methodist University, and
Northwestern University, a conductor of orchestras and operas at these and other universities, and a composer and writer of
operas. He lived in San Francisco where he worked as a composer, writer, music director, and conductor at BAYO and VOICES/SF.
This collection contains musical scores, recordings, photographs, programs and biographical information chronicling his life
as a composer.
David Ahlstrom (1927-1993) studied composition with Alan Hovhaness, Bernard Rogers, and Henry Cowell, and Asian philosophy
with Haridas Chaudhuri. He held a Ph.D. in composition from Eastman School of Music and he taught composition at Eastern Illinois
University, Southern Methodist University, and Northwestern University. He also served as conductor (orchestra, opera, and
New Music series concerts) at these and other universities. Ahlstrom’s opera “America, I Love, You,” on a libretto by e e
cummings, was one of seven contemporary American operas selected for presentation on OPERA America’s First Composer/Librettist
Showcase on January 6, 1981 in New Orleans. Ahlstrom lived in San Francisco where he worked as a composer and writer and as
Music Director/Conductor of BAYO and VOICES/SF, an ensemble specializing in showcase performances of new American operas and
works for musical theatre.
10 Boxes. 11 linear feet.
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