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Allen Fogelsanger

Lecturer in Dance

Allen Fogelsanger composes and improvises music for dances, videos, and installations; accompanies dance classes; teaches courses on dance and music; and writes movement-interactive Max/MSP/Jitter computer programs. At Purchase College, he teaches Music for Dance Composition and accompanies ballet and modern dance classes. He also teaches and accompanies at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts Dance Department, the Marymount Manhattan College Dance Department, the Gibney Dance Center, and Ballet Arts (at City Center).

He received a PhD from Cornell University in Mathematics and served there as senior lecturer and director of music for dance in the Department of Theatre, Film, and Dance from 1988 to 2011, teaching numerous courses, including Music and Choreography, Interactive Performance Technology, Dance Improvisation, and Formalist Aesthetics of Music, Dance and Painting. Before working at Cornell, he was music director for the Central Pennsylvania Dance Workshop / Pennsylvania Dance Theatre in State College, Pennsylvania.

Fogelsanger studied music composition with Burt Fenner, Steven Stucky, and Karel Husa, computer music composition with Nick Didkovsky and Morton Subotnick, and dance composition with David Gordon. His music has been used by choreographers Kathleya Afanador, LaRue Allen, Chris Black, Jumay Chu, Donna Davenport, June Finch, Alan Good, Joyce Morgenroth, Lynn Neuman, Jim Self, Jacob Slominski, Byron Suber and others. His music, alone and as part of dances, videos, and installations, has been presented in the Americas, Europe and Australia, including at the Bourges Festival of Electroacoustic Music and Festival Synthèse, the Phoenix Experimental Arts Festival, the Cloud Dance Festival (London), the Boston Cyberarts Festival, and the national conferences of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States and the Society of Composers Inc. 

Fogelsanger has presented papers and talks at international conferences and festivals, including Sound Moves (Roehampton University, London), the Abundance Festival (Karlstad, Sweden), the Accademia Mobile of ICKamsterdam (Amiens, France), and I Seminário Internacional de Artes Integradas (Goiânia, Brazil), and at conferences of the Congress on Research in Dance, the World Dance Alliance, and the International Guild of Musicians in Dance. Additionally, he has accompanied dance classes at the Harvard Summer Dance Center and at American College Dance Festivals. He currently regularly performs flute-and-piano improvisations as part of the duo h2f2 with Nicholas Handahl.