Dan Shore

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Dan Shore (born 1975) is an American composer and playwright from Allentown, Pennsylvania, whose works include The Beautiful Bridegroom, An Embarrassing Position, Travel, Works of Mercy, and Lady Orchid.


Shore attended the New England Conservatory, where he studied composition with Lee Hyla, Malcolm Peyton, and Scott Wheeler. He spent four years as a composer and lyricist in the BMI-Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop and studied opera composition in Denmark with Andy Pape on a Fulbright grant. He received his Ph.D. in composition from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, studying playwriting with Tina Howe and composition with David Del Tredici. He taught at Baruch College, Emerson College, and the Boston Conservatory and now teaches at Xavier University in Louisiana.


His comic opera The Beautiful Bridegroom, based on the play "Den forvandlede Brudgom" by Ludvig Holberg, was awarded first prize in the National Opera Association's Chamber Opera Composition Competition in 2009. Written for a cast of six sopranos, it has been produced over a dozen times throughout the United States.[1] Another comic opera, An Embarrassing Position, based on a sketch by the same name by Kate Chopin, received a Big Easy Entertainment Award in 2011.[2] His most recent project is the opera Freedom Ride, which commemorates the 1961 Freedom Rides.[3] Scenes from the opera were previewed at a 2011 gala hosted by Longue Vue House and Gardens, which commissioned the opera.[4]


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  2. ^ Coviello, Will (February 15, 2011). "Classical Arts Awards". Gambit Weekly. Retrieved October 23, 2011. 
  3. ^ Andrews, Travis (October 17, 2011). "Short-run Opera showcases Civil Rights Movement activists". Louisiana Weekly. Retrieved October 23, 2011. 
  4. ^ Waddington, Chris (October 15, 2011). "Xavier prof pens opera set in New Orleans during Civil Rights struggles". New Orleans Times-Picayune. Retrieved October 23, 2011.