Gibbs, Dr Geoffrey
From Central Park Historical Society Encyclopedia
Dr. Geoffrey Gibbs is the son of Iris and Alonzo Gibbs.
Dr. Gibbs earned a bachelor and master of music degree and doctor of musical arts in composition from the University of Rochester's Eastman School where he was a student of Howard Hanson and Bernard Rogers. He also studied compositon privately with Elie Siegmeister.
Professor emeritus of music at the University of Rhode Island as he joined the staff in 1965. Here he taught and designed courses in composition, theory, form, electronic music, orchestration and the modern era. He presented many recitals as a composer and baritone soloist. His compositions have been performed in Russia, South America, New York, Florida, South Dakota, Wyoming, Washington D. C. and throughout New England. Dr. Gibbs composed four symphonies, two operas, three conceretos, chamber music for various instrumental combinations and electronic sounds and many choral works.
He is a recipient of four grants awarded by the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts, the New England Foundation on the Arts, Meet the Composer, Florida Delius Foundation, and Rhode Island 2000. He has participated in and helped organize a number of URI symposia, which have melded together music, other arts, and the humanities.
Dr. Gibbs retired from University of Rhode Island in the summer of 2001 and is now devoting his full energies to composition projects.
Information from University of Rhode Island Department of Communications/News Bureau
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