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Composer , music educator

Bernadette Marie Speach, composer, music educator. Composers fellow National Endowment for Arts, 1992; museum commission New York State Council on Arts, 1992. Member BMI, American Composers Forum (museum commission 1992), American Music Center (board directors, trustee since 1996).

Background

Speach, Bernadette Marie was born on January 1, 1948 in Syracuse, New York, United States. Daughter of Anthony John and Viola Catherine (Bellardini) Speach.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Music Education, College of St. Rose, Albany, 1971. Master of Arts in Music Composition, State University of New York, Buffalo, 1980. Doctor of Philosophy in Music Composition, State University of New York, Buffalo, 1983.

Career

Speach was a nun at St Joseph of Corondelet from 1966 to 1977, teaching music in parochial schools during that time. After 1977 she left the sisterhood and acquired a Ph.D. at SUNY Buffalo, studying under Morton Feldman and Lejaren Hiller. She served as director of Composers Forum from 1988 to 1990 and president of their board from 1990 to 1994.

In 1995 she became director of The Kitchen. She is the president of the Buffalo New Music Ensemble. Her music reflects a strong influence from Morton Feldman, but also is significantly influenced by jazz, including liberal use of improvisation.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Compositions include: (for string quartet) Les Ondes pour Quatre, 1988. (orchestral) Within for Piano and Orchestra, 1990, Parallel Windows—Unframed, 1996. Composer, performer (Civil Defense) Without Borders (mode 16), 1989.

Membership

Member BMI, American Composers Forum (museum commission 1992), American Music Center (board directors, trustee since 1996).

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Stamp collecting/philately, tropical fish, travel.

Connections

Married Jeffrey Steven Schanzer, May 20, 1984.

father:
Anthony John Speach

mother:
Viola Catherine (Bellardini) Speach

spouse:
Jeffrey Steven Schanzer