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Ronald Perera's more than seventy compositions include operas, song cycles, chamber, choral and orchestral works, and works that incorporate electronically generated sounds. Mr. Perera has received awards or fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, ASCAP,the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and the Massachusetts Arts and Humanities Foundation. His music is published by E. C. Schirmer, Boosey and Hawkes, Music Associates of New York, and Pear Tree Press Music Publishers, and is recorded on the Albany, CRI and Opus One labels. Mr. Perera retired in 2002 from a thirty-year teaching career at Smith College where he was the Elsie Irwin Sweeney Professor of Music.