• Beverly Grigsby

Concert for Beverly Grigsby’s 90th birthday

Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 3:00pm

Cypress Recital Hall / Doors open 30 min before performance
Free Admission


Concert for Beverly Grigsby’s 90th birthday

Dr. Beverly Pinsky Grigsby [CSUN Music Department Professor Emerita] will celebrate her 90th birthday on January 11, 2018. The Los Angeles Chapter of NACUSA will present a concert called A QUEST FOR NEW SOUNDS followed by a reception in her honor for Sunday, 3 pm, January 21, 2018 at the Recital Hall of California State University, Northridge. The concert will include a performance by Dr. Deborah Kavasch of Grigsby’s Shakti for soprano and computer on tape, written for Dr. Kavasch (faculty, CSU Stanislaus). Other pieces on the program will be related to Beverly’s pioneering work in electronic and computer music by members of the Los Angeles NACUSA chapter, including works by Sandra Bostrom, David Raiklen, Katherine Saxon, Mary Lou Newmark, Richard Derby, Jeannie Pool, Barry Turchen, and Deborah Kavasch. Performers include Jason Stoll (piano), Paul Hurst (piano), Elaine K. Werner (soprano), Katherine Saxon (soprano), Michael Glenn Williams (piano) Deborah Kavasch (soprano), and Mary Lou Newmark (violin). The concert and reception will be free and open to the public and is being hosted by the CSUN Department of Music.  NACUSA is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization


The music of BEVERLY GRIGSBY has been heard throughout Europe and the Americas. She developed her gift for composition while still in early childhood and during the 1940s became a student of the renowned composer Ernst Krenek. She holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts with honors in Composition and Theory from the University of Southern California and BA and MA degrees in Composition from California State University, Northridge.

Involved with electronically produced music since 1959, she undertook further studies in computer music synthesis at Stanford University's Center of Artificial Intelligence (CCRMA) and at M.I.T. in 1975 and 1976. In 1984, Dr. Grigsby was credited with the first computerized score for an opera, The Mask of Eleanor. The opera was premiered that same year at Le Ranelagh Theatre in Paris where Jean-Philippe Rameau produced his operas in the 18th century. The opera was produced with the assistance of the French Ministry of Culture and as part of the Fourth International Congress on Women in Music. It has been performed in Atlanta (1986); Lexington, Kentucky (1987); Northridge, California (1987); Minneapolis, (1989); Boston (1990); São Paulo and Santos, Brazil (1991); Long Beach, California (1996); Morro d'Oro and Martinsicuro, Italy (1999) and over public radio in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Rome.

For her innovative compositions in orchestral, chamber and vocal music, Grigsby has received numerous commissions, major awards, and grants including The National Endowment for the Arts. The Arts International (Rockefeller) Grant, CSUN Distinguished Professor Award, the CSU Chancellor's Maxi Grant, the IAWM Outstanding Music Contribution Award, and yearly ASCAP awards. She was made a Carnegie Mellon Fellow in Technology (1987) and Getty Museum Research Scholar (1997-98) with special interests in the Medieval and Renaissance periods. She has received honors from numerous universities including University of Southern California, Arizona State University, the University of Kentucky, University of Mexico, D.F., and the Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brazil.

Dr. Grigsby has composed for commercial and documentary films involving such major directors as Francis Ford Coppola and well-known writers as Ray Bradbury. She is Professor Emerita at California State University, Northridge, where she taught theory, composition, and musicology from 1963 until 1993 and served as Director of the Computer Music Studio which she established in 1976. She has been scholar in residence at several universities and conservatories in the U.S., Europe, Mexico, and Brazil. Since her retirement from Cal State Northridge, Grigsby has continued to research, lecture, travel, and produce her music in Europe and the U.S. She was the master composer for the New Music Festival at Ball State University, 1993; the Ernest Bloch Music Festival, 1994; California State University Summer Arts, 1996; and in 1997, Professor of Composition and Counterpoint at California Institute of the Arts. In 1999, she chaired the 11th International Congress of the International Alliance for Women in Music, London, England; in 1999 and 2000 she presided as Presidenta of the International Composition Competition for the Associazione Musicale Haydn of Arezzo, Italy and in 2000 and 2001 as Honorary President of the Vivaverdi Festival, Matera, Italy. 

Performance Date:
Sunday, Jan 21, 2018 -- Doors open at 2:30 pm

Recital Hall