Composers in Red Sneakers

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Promotional postcard advertising a 1983 concert by Composers in Red Sneakers

Composers in Red Sneakers was a Boston-based composers collective founded in 1981 by 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. One of their early advocates 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] Their concerts were marked by an irreverent attitude including humorous, pre-recorded introductions and skits.[5]

The consortium subsequently recruited many new composers including Richard Cornell, Herman Weiss, Jean Hasse, Michael Carnes, Lansing McLoskey, Margaret McAllister,[6] Francine Trester,[7] Howard Frazin, Thomas Schnauber, Delvyn Case, Ronald Bruce Smith, Ken Ueno, and Peter Van Zandt Lane. By 2010, Composers in Red Sneakers ceased operations.


  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. ^ The Philadelphia Inquirer (23 June 1985)
  3. ^ Holland (13 October 1985)
  4. ^ Page (6 October 1985)
  5. ^ Page, Tim (6 October 1985). "NUMIC NOTES; MODERNS IN RED SNEAKERS". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  6. ^ "Margaret McAllister (faculty page)". Berklee College of Music. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Francine Trester Resume". Francine Trester - Composer. Retrieved 27 January 2019.


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