Gerald Plain


BME (music/art) - Murray State University, 1963 (Murray, Kentucky)

MM (composition) - Butler University, 1966 (Indianapolis, Indiana)

Post-Graduate Study (comp.) - University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)

     At the University of Michigan he underwent five years of intensive study with composers Ross Lee Finney and Leslie Bassett.



Teachers in Composition:

Ross Lee Finney

Leslie Bassett

George B. Wilson

Niccolò Castiglioni

Eugene Kurtz

Philip Slates

Neale B. Mason (theory, counterpoint)

Larry Hurst (double bass)


Teaching Experience:

Texas Tech University,  Visiting Assistant Professor,  1971-72  (Lubbock, Texas)

DePaul University,  Instructor,  1973-74  (Chicago, Illinois)

Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University,  Instructor,  1974

University of Wisconsin (Stevens Point),  Instructor,  1977-78

Eastman School of Music,  Assistant Professor,  1978-81  (Rochester, New York)


Prizes, Grants, and Awards:

Rackham Block Grant for Graduate Study,  Univ. of Michigan,  1967-68

Rome Prize Fellowship (Prix de Rome), two years at the American Academy in Rome,  1974-76

Fourth Prize on Ripsnorter - IV Concours International de Musique Electroacoustique,  Bourges  1976

and left ol’ Joe a bone, AMAZING! - Competition for Orchestral

Compositions,  Contemporary Music Festival (1977),  Indiana State

University (Terre Haute),  Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

National Endowment for the Arts Composer Fellowship Grant,  1977

and left ol’ Joe a bone, AMAZING! - National Composer Competition,

The League of Composers - International Society for Contemporary Music,  1978

Violin Concerto - Prince Pierre of Monaco Musical Composition Prize,  1980

Resident:  The Millay Colony for the Arts, Inc.  (Austerlitz, NY),  January 1987

Charles Ives Fellowship - 1988,  Awarded by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters  (NYC)

Portrait 1: Sally Goodin - Margaret Fairbank Jory Copying Assistance

Grant,  Program of the American Music Center, 1990

Artists’ Fellowship,  Program of the New York Foundation for the Arts,  1990-91

Academy Award in Music - 2001,  Awarded by the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters  (NYC)

Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship - 2011,  Kentucky Arts Council







I have been using folk materials in my compositions since 1969 and my objective has always been to fuse these elements artfully into a modern sound fabric.

My Performance Conductors:

Gianluigi Gelmetti, Massimo Pradella, Oleg Kovalenko, Gerhard Samuel, Lukas Foss, Lawrence Foster, Michael Morgan, Kenneth Jean, Paul Polivnick, Gunther Schuller, Steven Smith, Sydney Hodkinson, Stewart Robertson, Andrew Davis, Edwin London, John McL. Williams


Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Louisville Orchestra,  Vermont Symphony Orchestra,  Richmond (VA) Symphony,  Atlantic Classical Orchestra,  Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra,  Long Beach Symphony,  Civic Orchestra of Chicago,  Alabama Symphony Orchestra,  Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra,  Brooklyn Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra,  Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Radiotelevisione Italiana Orchestra of Rome, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte Carlo.