Division of Music Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts

Harry Bulow

  • Professor; Head, Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts; Music Division Chair

Department Information

 
Music // VPA // Faculty
Visual and Performing Arts // Faculty
Visual and Performing Arts // Administration

Office Information

  • Office: PAO 1190C
  • Office Phone: (765) 494-3056
  • Office Hours: on Sabbatical beginning July 1 through December 31, 2017.
  • E-mail: hbulow@purdue.edu
  • Courses

  • Music Theory

  • Specialization

  • Music Theory, Electronic Music Synthesis

  • Harry Bulow (b. 1951) received his bachelor’s degree in music education from San Diego State University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in music theory and composition from UCLA (1978, 1983).  He studied composition and orchestration with Aaron Copland, Peter Mennin, Henri Lazarof, Roy Travis, David Ward-Steinman and Henry Mancini.  His works have received numerous awards including 1st Prize at the International Composers Competition in Trieste, Italy, the “Oscar Espla” Prize from the city of Alicante, Spain, an NEA Composer Fellowship and 34 consecutive awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers.  His works have been performed by numerous bands, orchestras and choirs throughout the United State, Europe and Asia including the Omaha Symphony, Honolulu Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble and the Moscow National Symphonic Band. His style is eclectic in approach and broad in appeal. He is at home in jazz, concert, film and sacred music. The major influences in his work include the music of Witold Lutoslawski, Karel Husa, Peter Mennin, Aaron Copland and Henry Mancini. He is Head of the Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts at Purdue University.

    Published Compositions

    • Interactions, GIA Publications, Chicago, IL
    • Kakkazan for Band, Robert Martin Editions, France
    • Textures for Wind Ensemble, Alfred Publications, Van Nuys, CA
    • Fanfare for Freedom, Songbird Publications, Dallas, TX
    • Mutations for Flute, Alfred Music, Los Angeles
    • Introduction and Allegro, Roncorp/Northeastern Music Publishers, Glenmoore, PA
    • Elegy for Saxophone, Roncorp/Northeastern Music Publishers, PA
    • Syntax II for Saxophone, Roncorp/Northeastern Music Publishers, PA
    • Contours for Clarinet, Roncorp/Northeastern Music Publishers, PA
    • Contours for Flute, Silver Mace Publications, Los Angeles, CA
    • Syntax I for Flute, Roncorp/Northeastern Music Publishers, PA
    • Adieu for Flute, Roncorp/Northeastern Music Publishers, PA
    • Adieu for Clarinet, Roncorp/Northeastern Music Publishers, PA
    • Sarabande and Bourree by J.S. Bach, edited by Harry Bulow, Roncorp/Northeastern Music Publishers, PA
    • Canzona a4 by Giovanni Gabrieli, transcribed for saxophone quartet, Roncorp, PA
    • Six Fanfares for Two Trumpets, Silver Mace Publications, CA

    Professional Recordings

    • Syntax for Flute, North/South Recordings
    • Suite for Piano, North/South Records
    • Lines, Curves and Voluminous Variations, North/South Recordings
    • Contours for Clarinet, Capstone Records, New York, NY
    • Textures for Wind Ensemble, Crest Records
    • Symphony for Band, Crest Records
    • Kakkazan, Capstone Records
    • Sonata for Piano, Capstone Records
    • Dance of the Insect Insomniac, Capstone Records
    • Syntax II for Saxophone, Capstone Records
    • Silent Holocaust, Capstone Records
    • Adieu for Clarinet, Capstone Records
    • Textures for Wind Ensemble, Silver Mace Records
    • Kakkazan for Band, SMR
    • Spectrum for Brass Quintet, SMR
    • Esprit de Corps, SMR
    • Fanfare for Freedom, SMR

    Film, Video and Commercial Music Scores

    • March Madness 2005-10, EA Sports Games
    • ESPN College Hoops2K5-10, SEGA Games
    • The Burglar, Fazio Productions, Los Angeles, Winner of an American Film Institute Award for Excellence
    • Agatha, Leon Productions, Los Angeles

    Book Chapters, Articles and Other Literary Publications

    Composing Outside the Box: Learning Graphic Notation, Extended Techniques and Directed Improvisation in Teaching Music Through Performance in Band, GIA Publications, Chicago, IL, 2013

    Problems and Issues Facing a Young Composer in Symposium: The Journal of the College Music Society, Vol. 24, N. 2, Fall 1984

    Awards

    • 34 Consecutive Awards from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
    • 3rd Prize, Hillcrest Wind Ensemble Composition Contest, 2012
    • Dallas Wind Symphony Fanfare Composition Award, 2006
    • First Citizens Bank Scholars Medal, Music Theory, 2004
    • Billboard National Song Writing Competition, Honorable Mention, 1999
    • Tampa Bay Composers Forum Awards, 1st Prize, 1998
    • Speculum Musicae Composition Awards, Tulane University, 1994, Honorable Mention
    • “Oscar Espla” International Composers Prize, Alicante, Spain, 1986
    • Harvey Gaul Composition Prize, Pittsburgh New Music Ens., 1986
    • Illinois State University Fine Arts Awards in Composition, 1986
    • Eastman Wind Ensemble Awards in Composition, 1986
    • Minnesota Orchestra’s 75th Anniversary, Award in Composition, Honorable Mention, 1985
    • New Music Award, Omaha Symphony, 1982
    • ASCAP Awards to Young Composers, 1980
    • National Band Association’s Award in Composition, 1980
    • Atwater-Kent Award in Composition, UCLA, 1980
    • Gus Kahn Award in Composition, UCLA, 1980
    • Axel Stordahl Award in Composition, UCLA, 1980
    • 1st Prize, Symposium for New Band Music, Univ. of Richmond, 1979
    • Jacksonville University Composition Prizes, Honorable Mention, 1979
    • Henry Mancini Award for Music in Motion Pictures and Television Films     
    • Sigvald Thompson Award for Symphonic Composition, Fargo-Moorhead Sym. Orchestra, 1978
    • National Flute Association Award in Composition, 1977
    • American Bandmasters Association Award in Composition, 1977
    • 1st Prize, International Composers Competition, Trieste, Italy, 1977
    • Tucson Flute Club’s Award in Musical Composition, Tucson, AZ, 1977

    Grants and Commissions

    • Quelque Chose Trio, 2011
    • Imagine Music Publications, New York, NY, 2005
    • First Presbyterian Church, Concord, NC, 2005
    • 2 North Carolina Arts Council Composer Fellowships, 1996, 2002
    • North Carolina Regional Artist Project Grant, 2001
    • Mercer University, Macon, GA, 2000
    • Numerous Meet-the-Composer Grants, 1986, 1987, 1995
    • University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Theory Research Grant, 1994
    • University of Hawaii, 1989-90
    • National Flute Association, 1989
    • National Endowment for the Arts Composer Fellowship, 1986
    • Music Association of the California Community Colleges, 1986
    • North Carolina Music Teachers Association, 1997

    Significant Performances

    Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, 2013

    International Trumpet Guild, 2009

    Moscow National Symphonic Band, Moscow, Russian, 2005

    Conservatory of Music, Salerno, Italy, 2005

    National Symposium on Wind Band Repertoire, New England Conservatory of Music, 2004

    International Composers Competition, Coups de Vents, Lille, France, 2004

    North/South Consonance, NYC, 1992, 95, 97, 2004, 2012

    National Flute Association Conventions, 1998, 2000

    Honolulu Symphony, 1991

    MENC National Convention, 1987

    San Antonio Symphony, 1986

    Omaha Symphony, 1983

    Eastman Wind Ensemble, 1986

    Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, 1986

    Numerous CBDNA Regional and National Conferences, 1980-2013

    International Composers Competition, Alicante Spain, 1986

    International Composers Competition, Trieste, Italy, 1977

    Conference Performances

    College Music Society Great Lakes Regional Conference, Spectrum for Brass Quintet, North Dakota State University Brass Quintet, Fargo, North Dakota, March 29, 2014

    Society of Composers, Inc., Region V Conference, Fanfare for Freedom, Kansas State University Wind Ensemble, Frank Tracz, conductor, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, March 26, 2010

    International Trumpet Guild, 34th National Conference, Esprit de Corps, Lamar University Trumpet Ensemble, Brian Shook, conductor, Sunoco Theatre, Harrisburg, PA, May 29, 2009

    Society of Composers, Inc., Region VI Conference, Spectrum for Brass Quintet, Oklahoma City University Brass Quintet, Large Rehearsal Hall, Oklahoma City University, OK, February 27, 2009

    Southeastern Composers League National Conference, For the Beauty of the Earth, Kevin Ford, conductor, Roland Hayes Concert Hall, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, TN, February 16, 2008

    Society of Composers, Inc., National Conference, Fanfare for Freedom, Georgia State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Robert Ambrose, conductor, Atlanta, GA, February 21, 2008

    College Music Society and National Association of Composers, USA Regional Conferences,

    Inventions for Flute and Piano, Harry Bulow, flute, Ellen Bulow, piano, Recital Hall, Texas State University, San Marcos, TX March 10, 2006

    Society of Composers, Inc., Region V Conference, Inventions for Flute and Piano, Harry Bulow, flute, Ellen Bulow, piano, Barnes Recital Hall, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC, November 11, 2004

    College Music Society, Mid-Atlantic Chapter Conference, Introduction and Allegro, Harry Bulow, alto saxophone, Carswell Concert Hall, Meredith College, March 19, 2004

    College Music Society, Inc., Mid-Atlantic Chapter Conference, Mutations for Flute, Harry Bulow, flute, Sloan Music Center, Davidson College, Davidson, NC, March 28, 2003

    Southeastern Composers League, National Conference, Mutations for Flute, Harry Bulow, flute, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, March 8, 2003

    College Music Society, Mid-Atlantic Chapter Conference, Suite for Piano, Harry Bulow, George Batte Fine Arts Center, Recital Hall, March 22, 2002

    Southeastern Composers League, National Conference, Suite for Piano, John Roberts, piano, McKorkle Recital Hall, Mercer University, Macon, GA, February 14, 2002

    Southeastern Composers League, National Conference, Introduction and Allegro, Harry Bulow, alto saxophone, Concert Hall, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, April 7, 2001

    Southeastern Composers League, National Conference, Kakkazan for Band, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, John Locke, conductor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC, April 10, 2000

    Society of Composers, Inc., Region III Conference, Syntax I, Harry Bulow, flute, Concert  Hall, Hampton University, Hampton, VA, February 12, 2000.

    Society of Composers, Inc., Region IV Conference, Contours for Clarinet, Harry Bulow, clarinet, Recital Hall, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA, November 6, 1998

    College Band Directors National Association, Symposium XXIV, Kakkazan for Band, Virginia Intercollegiate Band, Harry Bulow, conductor, Chandler Recital Hall, February 13, 1999

    Southeastern Composers League National Conference, Syntax II for Saxophone, Harry Bulow, alto saxophone, McComas Theatre, Mississippi State University, February 26, 1999

    Southeastern Composers League, National Conference, Silent Holocaust (Electronic Media), Rowe Recital Hall, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, March 26, 1998

    Tampa Bay Composers Forum, National Composers Prize Concert, Sonata for Piano, John Roberts, Humanities Building, Recital Hall, St, Petersburg, FL, October 9, 1998

    Southeastern Composers League, National Conference, Sonata for Piano, John Roberts, piano, Porterfield Hall, Radford University, April 26, 1997

    North Carolina Music Teachers Association, State Convention, NCMTA Composition Commission Performance, Suite for Piano, John Roberts, Rowe Recital Hall, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, October 25, 1997

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