"…borrowed heavily from an early exposure to folk music through my parents and my grandfather Salmon... [my music also] reflects my passionate interest in the pedal steel guitar, which I played as an adolescent."
Gerald Plain grew up during the 1940s and 50s in Sacramento, a small town in western Kentucky.
He earned a degree in music at Murray State University and a master's in music composition at
Butler University in Indianapolis, Ind. Studying composition principally with Ross Lee Finney
and Leslie Bassett, both from the University of Michigan, Plain has received numerous awards,
including the Rome Prize Fellowship, the Prince Pierre of Monaco Prize in Musical Composition,
the Charles Ives Fellowship, and the Academy Award in Music. The latter two awards were
from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters in New York City.
Plain's professional career includes teaching at DePaul and Roosevelt Universities in Chicago, Illinois. After receiving the Rome Prize Fellowship and spending two years in Rome, he returned to teach at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, and the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York Plain's music has been widely performed in the United States by the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Alabama Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, and Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, among others. European orchestras presenting Plain's music include Radiotelevisione Italiana Orchestra of Rome and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Monte Carlo.
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