Composers in Red Sneakers

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The Composers in Red Sneakers are a Boston-based composers collective founded in 1981. The founding members were Thomas Oboe Lee, Christopher Stowens, Robert Aldridge, Roger Bourland, Amy Reich, and Gary Philo. Concerts were given in the Old Cambridge Baptist Church and in Harvard University's Sanders Theatre and were consistently reviewed by Boston newspapers. One of their early champions was Richard Dyer, the music critic of the Boston Globe.[1] The group appeared at Symphony Space in New York City in 1985 and produced an eponymous LP that same year.[2][3][4] Although none of the founding members are still involved, since the mid-1980s the consortium subsequently recruited many new composers including Richard Cornell, Herman Weiss, Jean Hasse, Michael Carnes, (Guests: Lyle Mays, Peter Schickele, Robert J. Lurtsema), Lansing McLoskey, Howard Frazin, Thomas Schnauber, Delvyn Case, Ronald Bruce Smith, Ken Ueno, and Peter Van Zandt Lane.


  1. ^ Cleary ( June 2000) p. 13. See also: scans of programs from 1980-1985 with quotes from reviews on Thomas Oboe Lee's History and Archive of the Composers in Red Sneakers.
  2. ^ Philadelphia Inquirer (23 June 1985)
  3. ^ Holland (13 October 1985)
  4. ^ Page (6 October 1985)


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