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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