Polin, Claire

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Claire Polin


Born: January 01, 1926

Died: December 6, 1995 in Merion, Pennsylvania

Country: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Studies: Juilliard School of Music, Temple University, Philadelphia Conservatory (D.M.A.1955)

Teachers: Vincent Persichetti, Peter Mennin, Lukas Foss

Claire Polin (born January 1, 1926 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, died December 6, 1995 in Merion, Pennsylvania) was an American composer of contemporary classical music, musicologist, and flutist. She obtained degrees in music (including a doctorate) from the Philadelphia Conservatory; she also received her Master's Degree at the Juilliard School and her doctorate at Tanglewood. Her teachers included Vincent Persichetti, Lukas Foss, Roger Sessions, and Peter Mennin. She also studied flute with William Kincaid, with whom she collaborated on a multi-volume method of flute technique. Her works were commissioned and performed by the Seoul National Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonia, the Israel Bach Society, and the London Pro Musica Antiqua of Westminster, as well as by William Kincaid, Gordon Gottlieb, and the Gregg Smith Singers.

Polin served on the faculty at Rutgers University, where she taught composition, as well as courses in the music of the Bible, music of ancient Wales, and music of Russia. She also published books on musicological subjects.

Polin's last residence was Montgomery, Pennsylvania. She is survived by two sons, Josef and Gabriel Schaff, and two grandchildren: Zachary by Josef and Susannah by Gabriel.[1]

Works for Percussion

Dark Nebulae II "MA'ALOT" - Percussion Quartet; Viola
Kuequenako/Cambriola - Multiple Percussion; Piano
Vigniature - Multiple Percussion; Clarinet


  1. Claire Polin Bio Retrieved 5/20/2012