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|Born in Cordoba, Argentina,
composer Gerardo Dirié is also an accomplished conductor,
performer, and educator.
1992 and 1993, he served as Associate Artist for the Indiana Repertory
Theatre. He was on the designers' team and has written the music for
five stage productions: "Yerma", "The
Cherry Orchard", "A Thousand Cranes", "Much
Ado About Nothing" , and "The Magnificent Ambersons."
Highly favorable comments on the impact of his music have appeared in
The New York Times , The Milwaukee Journal , Huizmuziek of The
Netherlands, and La Voz del Interior of Argentina. His essays and
poetry have been published by Pauta magazine in Mexico, McGraw Hill in
New York, and Huizmuziek, in The Netherlands.
holds Master and Doctor in Music Composition degrees from Indiana
University, where he studied with John Eaton and Eugene O'Brien. He
came to Indiana University from Argentina in 1987 after receiving a
Fulbright Fellowship and Monica Mourier Archibald Grant to study
composition. Prior to coming to Indiana, he attended the Universidad
Nacional de Cordoba, Argentina, studying composition with Atilio
Argüello, Oscar Bazán, and César
Franchisena. During this time he was also awarded the International
Encounters in Contemporary Music Grant to study Contemporary Choral
Music Conducting Techniques in Buenos Aires, as well as the Fondo
Nacional de las Artes Grant to study Music and Mathematics.
his activities as a composer and scholar, Dirié has worked
extensively as an educator. From 1989 to 1992 he served as an Associate
Instructor of composition at Indiana University, working with students
privately, as well as leading large seminar classes on composition. He
has been a faculty member for the Recorder Academy Summer Workshop at
Indiana University, where he conducted workshops on music improvisation
and multimedia creations. In addition, he was guest faculty at the 1991
"Amherst Early Music Festival," the 1992 "Orff-Schulwerk National
Conference" in Minneapolis, and the 1993 and 1996 "National Conference
on Recorder Pedagogy" in Bloomington. In 1982, he was a founding member
of "Collegium Centro de Educación e Investigaciones
Musicales" in Cordoba, Argentina. At this institution, devoted to music
education and research, he taught composition and theory to students of
all ages and was the music director of the main choral ensemble for
five years. Under his direction, this ensemble presented programs
devoted to contemporary music and Latin American colonial music.
Dirié has been very active in bringing Latin American music to a wider audience, not only through his work as composer and educator, but also as Assistant Director of Indiana University's Latin American Music Center, first under the direction of Venezuelan composer Ricardo Lorenz, and currently directed by Venezuelan conductor Dr. Carmen Téllez. He assists orchestras, soloists, ensembles and scholars from around the world in programming and studying Latin American music. He has been instrumental in the recording projects of the Japanese label Marco Polo and Dorian Recordings’ Latin American Masters Series. His research and consultation helped in the programming of performances by the American Composers Orchestra and the Continuum ensemble in New York, the San Antonio Symphony, Aktive Muzik, and the Kammerorchester Schloss Werneck of Germany, among many others. He has coordinated the two Inter American Composition Workshops: Words and Music (1994), and Crossroads of Traditions (1996) at Indiana University. He is co-editor of Scores and Recordings at the Indiana University Latin American Music Center, one of the premiere resources available to performers and scholars of Latin American art music today. Gerardo Dirié is currently Head of Composition at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia.