Karl Boelter, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1952, studied composition at Ball State
University and at the University of Michigan, receiving his doctorate in Ann Arbor
in 1981. His instructors have included William Albright, Leslie Bassett, William Bolcom,
David Foley and Eugene Kurtz. He has taught at Auburn University at Montgomery, the
University of Michigan, Kennesaw State College, Oakland University, and is currently
Director of the School of Music at the State University of New York (SUNY) College
at Fredonia. Between 1985 and 1991, he resided in Atlanta where he also served as
Performing Arts Coordinator for the High Museum of Art presenting concerts and performances
in conjunction with major exhibitions.
Boelter's awards include a fellowship from the MacDowell Colony, a performance in
Carnegie Recital Hall under the auspices of the International Society for Contemporary
Music (ISCM), and grants from BMI, ASCAP, the University of Michigan, the Michigan
State Arts Council, the Georgia Council for the Arts, et al. He is frequently commissioned
for new works, many of which demonstrate his interest in working across artistic disciplines.
His music has been selected for festivals throughout the United States, as well as
in Austria, Spain, France and Italy. Commissions and/or performances have included
the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble, the Lanier Trio, Meadow Brook Theatre and the Atlanta
Symphony. A CD of his chamber music performed by Thamyris is available on the ACA
Digital label. A CD of his orchestral music performed by the Czech National Orchestra
is available on the Albany label.