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Nicholas Van Slyck

Nicholas Van Slyck was a composer who made a large impact on the Boston music scene in the 70' and 80's. Born October 25, 1922, he studied at the Kent School, and went on to earn his B.A and M.A at Harvard College where he studied composition with Walter Piston.

Van Slyck was an educator at every level. He founded the New School of Music in 1976 after directing the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, Mass. for fourteen years. During that time he organized the building of the Pickman Concert Hall at Longy and also taught many classes in theory and composition. Earlier he was director of the South End Music Centre in Boston, now the Community Music Center, and a teacher at Milton Academy.

During World War II Nicholas Van Slyck served in the Navy. As a composer he was a member of ASCAP, the American Music Center, the Cambridge Arts Council and the Music Teachers National Association from whom he received the 1983 “Composer of the Year” award.

As a performing pianist he played both solo and lecture recitals and duo recitals with his wife, Trudi. Their performances include the complete "Art of the Fugue" arranged for piano four hands at MIT, Longy, the Goethe Institute, the National Gallery and others. As a conductor he was music director of the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dedham Choral Society and a guest conductor for the Boston Pops.




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