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Joel Lester
Ph. D., Princeton University;
Techniques of Music

Scholar, violinist, educator, administrator. Author of Harmony in Tonal Music (1982), The Rhythms of Tonal Music (1986), Analytic Approaches to 20th Century Music (1989), Between Modes and Keys (1989), Compositional Theory in the 18th Century (1992: Wallace Berry Outstanding Publication Award by the Society for Music Theory), Bach's Works for Solo Violin (1999: ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award). Articles on Bach, Beethoven, Nielsen, performance and analysis, form and structure. Editor, Music Theory Spectrum (1995-97). Violinist in Da Capo Chamber Players (1970-91, Naumburg Chamber Music Award, 1973). Professor of Music at The City College and The City University Graduate School (1969-95); Visiting Professor at Eastman (1977-78) and Juilliard (1994-95). President, Society of Music Theory. Mannes College The New School for Music: Faculty, Techniques of Music and Chamber Music departments since 1996; Dean of College, 1996-2011.

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