Mary Jeanne van Appledorn
1927 - 2014
Mary Jeanne van Appledorn (October 2, 1927 – December 12, 2014) was an American composer of contemporary classical music and pianist.
Van Appledorn attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where she studied piano and theory with Bernard Rogers and Alan Hovhaness. She received her Bachelor of Music in 1948, her Masters of Music in 1950, and her Ph.D. in music theory from Eastman in 1966. She also completed postdoctoral studies in computer-synthesized sound at MIT in 1982. She was a member of the music faculty of Texas Tech University from 1950 until 2008. She was the Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Music from 1989 to 2000.
She composed numerous works for various instrumental combinations and also composed computer music. She had work commissioned by the Music Teachers National Association and National Intercollegiate Bands.
Her surname is Dutch (from the town of Apeldoorn, though in Americanized spelling); her great-grandparents emigrated to the United States from the Netherlands. She visited Apeldoorn in 1982.
Her works are generally tonal, although she also used the twelve-tone technique, and she frequently utilized string piano techniques in her piano music. Her music has been recorded by the Opus One and Golden Crest labels, and her scores are published by numerous publishers.
Biography taken from Wikipedia.