Eric Sessler received his Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music degrees from the Juilliard School and his Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. He is a 1993 Curtis graduate, having studied composition with Samuel Adler, David Diamond, and Ned Rorem.
Dr. Sessler’s recent projects include music written for Anthony and Demarre McGill, a string quartet for the Dover Quartet, new works for guitarist Jason Vieaux, a flute concerto for Jeffrey Khaner with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, and a duet for flute and guitar featuring Bonita Boyd and Nicholas Goluses at the National Flute Association Convention. He has received numerous awards, including the ASCAP Foundation Award, the Charles E. Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Theodore Presser Music Foundation Award; and grants from American Composers Forum, Meet the Composer, and the Philadelphia Music Project. His music is recorded on ACA Digital Recording, New Focus Recordings, and Musicaphon Records, and is published by Silver Sun Press, Verlag Neue Musik, and Les Productions d’OZ. Dr. Sessler’s Organ Concerto was featured on Opus 76—a showcase recording of the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ in Verizon Hall on the Kimmel Cultural Campus in Philadelphia with renowned organist Alan Morrison as soloist.
In addition to his work at Curtis, Dr. Sessler serves on the faculty of the Juilliard School’s pre-college division. Dr. Sessler joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 1999.