We mourn the passing of Steven Gerber this year. He was born on September 28, 1948 in Washington, D.C. Gerber earned degrees from Haverford College and from Princeton University, where he received a 4-year fellowship. His composition teachers included Robert Parris, J. K. Randall, Earl Kim, and Milton Babbitt.
His early works were in a free atonal style, incorporating serial and non-twelve-tone languages into a distinctive and deeply personal sound world. Beginning in the early 1980s, he abandoned twelve-tone and atonal composition, with rare exceptions, and his music became much more tonal while still retaining the expressive elements of the his earlier works. Gerber’s catalog includes works for orchestra, concerti, chamber music, many song cycles, chorus and solo instruments. Many performances of his most representative works can be found on the composer’s YouTube channel. His compositions are published by Keiser Classical and Mobart Music Publications / Boelke-Bomart, Inc.
Steven R. Gerber was living in his long-time home of New York City at the time of his death from cancer on May 28, 2015. His beloved partner, Dr. Norma Hymes, died in July of 2010.