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Published: July 26, 2012
Category: profile

Jessica Lang Dance at Jacob's Pillow

by Rachel Straus

“A letter always seemed to me like immortality because it is the mind alone without corporeal friend.” ~Emily Dickinson

In 2002 Jessica Lang opened a mysterious letter that was discovered in the office of Benjamin Harkarvy, the recently deceased artistic director of The Juilliard School’s dance division. The letter was five years []

Published: September 2, 2010
Category: composition

Bessie Schönberg

By Rachel Straus

Throughout her expansive 65-year career, Bessie Schönberg (1906–1997) became one of America’s most revered composition teachers. She possessed the unique ability to help her students find their own creative voices, and she nurtured the groundbreaking styles of artists as diverse in their approaches as Annie-B Parson, Jerome Robbins, Carolyn Brown, Lucinda []

Published: September 1, 2010
Category: composition

History Quiz: Bessie Schönberg

By Rachel Straus

1. What unique ability did Bessie Schönberg possess that led her to become one of the most revered composition teacher?

2. Name some of Schönberg’s former students who went on to become groundbreaking artists.

3. Schönberg directed the nation’s first college dance department at _____ _____ _____, for nearly four decades, []