T.J. Anderson's works have been commissioned by Fisk University in honor of its 100th anniversary, the National Endowment for the Arts in celebration of the Bicentennial of America, the Berkshire Music Center, and the Fromm Foundation. He has received awards from the American Music Center, the Rockefeller, Dansforth, Mellon, and Copeley Foundations. Mr. Anderson was Composer - in - Residence for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Robert Shaw, conductor. His compositions are published by the American Composers Edition, Inc., C.F. Peters, Carl Fisher and Bote & Bock in Germany. Columbia, C.R.I. and Nonesuch have recorded some of his works. Anderson is also well known for his orchestration of the Scott Joplin opera, "Treemonisha," which premiered in Atlanta in 1972 and for the recording he conducted for the Smithsonian Institute, Classic Rags and Ragtime Songs. He studied composition with George Ceiga, Scott Huston, Philip Benzanson, Richard Hervig, and Darius Milhaud. As a lecturer and consultant, he has appeared in institutions in the United States, Brazil, Germany, France, and Switzerland. The composer holds honorary membership in Phi Beta Kappa and has served on the board of many musical organizations. An additional tribute to the composer has been the publication of a Ph.D dissertation devoted to the analysis of his music by Bruce Alfred Thompson. Dr. Thompsom is now working on a biography of the composer. Anderson's opera, "Soldier Boy Soldier," was commissioned by Indiana University and is based on a libretto by Leon Forrest. The composer served as Fletcher Professor of Music, after serving eight years as Chairman of the department of music at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. Anderson has degrees from West Virginia State College, Penn State University, and the University of Iowa. He also has honorary degrees from the College of Holy Cross and West Virginia State College. His best known works include "Squares," "Six Etudes and A Fancy," "Five Bagatelles," "Chamber Symphony," and many others.
Source: Perkins Holly, Ellistine. Biographies of Black Composers and Songwriters; A Supplementary Textbook. Iowa:Wm. C. Brown Publishers, 1990.
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