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Dennis Kam

May 8, 1942
Place of birth: 
US American

Dennis Kam is professor emeritus in the Department of Music Theory and Composition at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, where he served previously as department chair for several decades.  He retired in May 2013. While at Frost, he also conducted the Other Music Ensemble (for the performance of new music). He is currently composer-in-residence for the South Florida Youth Symphony. Recent recordings of Professor Kam’s music include Miami Mix II performed by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony (TNC label), as well as two works performed by the Ibis Camerata, Trio and Sonata Ibis (Albany). Professor Kam is national board member for Composition for the Southern Chapter of the College Music Society, where he was formerly president. He has also served as a member of both Executive and National Councils for the Society of Composers, Inc. Kam’s works since the 1980s have represented a number and variety of interests including new tonal or post-atonal possibilities, contextual novelty, varieties of focus and perceptibility, time and continuity, meaning, implication and representation in music. During 1982–1987, Kam was music director/conductor of the Greater Miami Youth Symphony and has received many commissions, grants, and awards, including BMI and the Ford Foundation, enabling him to serve as Professional (Composer)-in-Residence for Honolulu and the State of Hawaii under the auspices of the Ford Foundation/ MENC Contemporary Music Project during 1970–1972.