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Dr. Jerry Tabor

Dr. Jerry TaborJerry Tabor composes experimental acoustic and electroacoustic music, as well as jazz, for various instrumental combinations. His music has been commissioned by respected performers such as guitarist Danielle Cumming, the Bayside Brass Quintet, cellist Frank Cox, pianist Thomas Moore, and the Links Ensemble, as well as the Salisbury University Classical Guitar Festival, among others. As a guest composer, Tabor was featured at the Conservatorio Alfredo Casella in L’Aquila, Italy, the John Donald Robb International Composers Symposium (twice) and the Western Illinois University New Music Festival. His music has been featured at the Electroacoustic Music: The Continuing Tradition conference (MD), the Holy Cross College New Music Festival (MA), George Mason University (VA), SUNY Buffalo, Catholic University of America (DC), and Hartwick College (NY), among others. Tabor’s music has also been presented at such festivals as the International Computer Music Conference, the Percussive Arts Society International Conference, the American Society for Cybernetics Conference, the Electronic Music Midwest Festival, and Society of Composers conferences.
As a guitarist, Tabor studied classical guitar with Michael Chapdelaine while at the University of New Mexico, where he earned his BM in Theory and Composition. He also studied with the respected L.A. studio guitarist, Michael Anthony. He played professionally as a jazz guitarist in his early twenties in Albuquerque, NM before dedicating himself to composition and attending graduate school at the University of Maryland. More recently, Tabor has returned to guitar as a player, composer, and band leader. His jazz playing and compositions can be heard in performances with his group the Jerry Tabor Ear Alliance.

Having earned his doctorate in composition from the University of Maryland, Tabor’s research is focused in the areas of composition theory, composition pedagogy, and the dissemination of contemporary music by other composers. His book on a pioneering theorist and cognitive musicologist, entitled, Otto Laske: Navigating New Musical Horizons, was published by Greenwood Press in 1999. Tabor is highly regarded as a scholar-contributor, editor, publisher, and executive producer and has been involved in the development of several important published books on new music, hundreds of scores, and several albums by important composers.

Tabor has taught at the University of Maryland, University of Maryland Baltimore County, and Trinity College in Washington, D.C. As Professor of Music at Salisbury University in Maryland, where he has taught since 1997, Tabor teaches in and coordinates the theory and composition programs and directs the jazz ensembles.​

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