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Herbert Deutsch

CountryUnited States of America
OccupationComposer, Teacher
CategoriesContemporary, Electronic, Fusion, Jazz

Herbert A. Deutsch is a composer, author, educator and music marketing consultant. He is Professor Emeritus of Music at Hofstra University. A composer of music in various media, his work has been widely performed and commissioned works have been featured at national and regional conferences of The Music Educators National Conference, Small Computers and the Arts Network, the Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States and other organizations. In 1972, he co-founded the Long Island Composers Alliance, and is currently its President. During his forty-nine year teaching career at Hofstra, he founded the Jazz Ensemble, the Electronic Music Studios, the New Music Ensemble and created the B.S. Degree programs in Jazz, Composition/Theory and Music Business. He received the George Estabrook Distinguished Alumni Award in 1996 and the Hofstra Alumni Achievement Award in 2001. In his honor the Music Department has established the Herbert Deutsch Award for highest honors in Music Education. In 1964, he collaborated with Robert A. Moog on the development of the first Moog Synthesizer and, in September of 1965, his "New York Improvisation Quartet" presented the Moog’s first jazz program at “Jazz in the Garden” at the Museum of Modern Art. Since 1994, he has been a member of The NY State School Music Association's Music Technology Committee. He is also a member and judge of NYSSMA's Composition and Improvisation Committee. He is a regular clinician in composition sessions at NYSSMA’s All-State Conference and is a NYSSMA all-state jazz adjudicator. He was Director of Marketing and Sales at Moog Music from 1979-83, and has been a marketing and development consultant to Roland Corporation, Jim Henson's Muppets and others. He is the author of Synthesis (Alfred Publishing Co.), in its second edition and published in Japanese and Korean, Electroacoustic Music; Its First Century (CPP/Belwin) and Teach Yourself Piano (Karamar Publications). His CD Woman in Darkness was released in September, 1999 on 4Tay Records. His CD From Moog to Mac was released in June 2007. In June, 2000 he was featured on a History Channel production on the First Moog Synthesizer and he appears and has music credits in the 2004 film MOOG. He is listed in Who's Who in America 1999-2010 and Who's Who in Education. In September, 2007 he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to electronic music at BB Kings in NY City. He was inducted into the LI Music Hall of Fame as 2007 Music Educator of Note, and received the NY State School Music Association Distinguished Service Award at that year’s All-state conference. In 2010 his work on the development of the Moog Synthesizer was made a permanent exhibit at Hofstra University.

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