Roger Sessions

Fellow: Awarded 1926

Field of Study: Music Composition

Fellow: Awarded 1927

Field of Study: Music Composition

Competition: US & Canada

Born: 12-28-1896

Died: 03-16-1985

As published in the Foundation’s Report for 1926–27: Sessions, Roger Huntington: Appointed for creative work in musical composition; the plans for work including an opera, “The Fall of the House of Usher,” and a symphony—both in process of composition; tenure, twelve months from September 1, 1926. Born December 28, 1896, at Brooklyn, New York. Education: Harvard College, A.B., 1915; Yale Music School, Mus. B., 1917; study under Ernest Bloch, 1919–22. Assistant in Music, 1917–19, Instructor in Music, 1919–21, Smith College; teacher of theory and history of music, Cleveland Institute of Music, 1921–25. Compositions: Music for Andreyeff’s drama, “The Black Maskers,” 1923, performed at Smith College; incidental music for Vollmüller’s “Turandot”; three Choral Preludes, for organ; several small works for piano, and a string quartet.  


Pulitzer Prize, Special Citation, 1974; Music Composition, 1982