The music of Paul Dickinson is characterized by a dramatic contrast of musical ideas
integrated into organic formal structures. Art, literature, and music of all eras influence
his diverse musical output. Dickinson began his musical studies on piano at age eleven, and
composition at age twelve. His teachers include Tomas Svoboda, Joseph Schwantner, Warren
Benson, Samuel Adler, Alan Stout and Gerhard Staebler. He received degrees from the Eastman
School of Music (B.M.) and Northwestern University (M.M., D.M.). Among his honors and awards
are grants from the Fromm Music Foundation, the Arkansas Arts Council, the DAAD (German
Academic Exchange Service), a BMI Award, and numerous commissions. His music has been
performed throughout North America, Europe and China, and recorded on Capstone Records. Dickinson is
an Associate Professor of Music Theory and Composition at the University of Central Arkansas.
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