Composer and Distinguished SF State Alum Elinor Armer

Thursday, February 26, 2015, 8:00 pm
Photo of Elinor Armer playing piano
In celebration of composer Elinor Armer's 75th birthday year, colleagues and friends perform her piano and vocal works. Free.
Creative Arts Building, Knuth Hall
School of Music and Dance
SF State Box Office
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Elinor Armer earned her Master of Arts in composition from SF State, studying with Roger Nixon. A San Francisco Conservatory of Music professor, she established the composition department and served as chair for 11 years. She studied composition with Darius Milhaud, Leon Kirchner and Nixon, and piano with Alexander Libermann.

The recipient of numerous awards, fellowships and commissions, Armer has performed and lectured throughout the country, and her works are performed regularly in the United States and abroad. Armer is one of the co-founders of Composers Inc. and a member of ASCAP. Among her best-known works is the eight-part fantasy Uses of Music in Uttermost Parts, written with Ursula Le Guin. Her many references include the Elinor Armer Archive in the University of California, Berkeley, Music Library and Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians.


  • Variations on Mein Junges Leben Hat Ein End. Portia Sun, harpsichord.
  • Thaw. Victoria Neve, piano.
  • Pipe Dreams. Susan Waller, flute; Victoria Neve, piano.
  • Everyone Sang. Roderick Lowe, tenor; Bryan Baker, piano.
  • The Heart, a Lecture. Marcelle Dronkers, soprano; Bryan Baker, piano.
  • Mirror, Mirror. Victoria Neve and Inara Morgenstern, duo-pianists.
  • Pogo Cantabile. Marcelle Dronkers, soprano; Bryan Baker, piano.


  • Bryan Baker, piano
  • Marcelle Dronkers, soprano
  • Roderick Lowe, tenor
  • Inara Morgenstern, piano
  • Victoria Neve, piano
  • Portia Sun, harpsichord
  • Susan Waller, flutist