Donald H. Sanborn III
(Composer, Lyricist, Librettist)
    Donald H. Sanborn III is at work on the following projects: Robin Hood (a musical) and a series of art songs, including a song cycle based on the works of a certain 19th-century poet whose identity will be revealed at a later time. (Composers love to be mysterious!) Most recently, Mr. Sanborn completed Trinity, a piece for solo pipe organ which probably will receive its premiere in the spring of 2002.

    Mr. Sanborn completed his MA in Music Composition at New York University, where he he studied composition under Dr. Steven Rosenhaus, with an emphasis on writing for the musical theater. Songs from Robin Hood were presented at Mr. Sanborn's MA recital in December 1997, along with Elegy for the Roswell Crash Victims, a piece premiered by virtuoso woodwind performer Emil Sein. Also presented at the recital was Bow Jest, a string quartet whose first movement has been performed by the Brentano String Quartet, as well as Saxophone Serenade, Trumpet Celebration, and Persephone, a tribute to a certain goddess of the Underworld who happened to be a dear feline friend of the composer.

    At Southern Illinos University, Mr. Sanborn completed his BA in Music (with a minor in Theater), and studied composition under Dr. Frank Stemper. Works composed during Mr. Sanborn's time at SIU include the cantata Witchtrial, Two Short Duets for Oboe and Piano, and the Trio for Saxophone, Trumpet and Percussion. In addition, Mr. Sanborn composed the score for a student film, I Love Her.

    Mr. Sanborn's professional affiliations include the Society of Composers Incorporated, the American Music Center, ASCAP, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

    Dr. John Gilbert, who adjudicated Mr. Sanborn's MA recital, writes, "Donald Sanborn III revealed a strong melodic gift...this was especially evident in his work in progress Robin Hood and in his instrumental works as well. As a composer, Mr. Sanborn is developing an eclectic style which combines serial and tonal techniques...Mr. Sanborn is to be congratulated for an outstanding evening of original music." (1/5/98)



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