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Loretta Jankowski

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Loretta Jankowski (born 1950) is an American music teacher and composer of contemporary classical music. She is also a noted pedagogue,[peacock term] having filled faculty positions at a number of prominent American Universities and having received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Piano Teachers Society of America.[1] Her music is published by the American Composers Alliance.[2]


Jankowski grew up in New Jersey. In the 1960s, she studied composition and theory in the Preparatory Division of the Juilliard School of Music. She received a M.Mus. Degree in Composition from the University of Michigan[when?], and a Ph.D. in Composition from The Eastman School of Music.[when?] She supplemented this with work at Dartington, England with Harrison Birtwistle and Morton Feldman, and with three months in Cracow, Poland with Marek Stachowski.[when?] In August 1987, she was Composer-in-Residence at Bennington College in Vermont.[2]

Earning her living mostly as a teacher,[3] Jankowski has taught on the faculties of Northern Illinois University at Dekalb,[when?] California State University Long Beach, Ball State University at Muncie, Indiana, and East Carolina University at Greenville, North Carolina.[when?] From 1981–1983, she was Adjunct Professor of Composition at Kean University, resuming that post in 1986. In August, 1987, she was Composer-in-Residence at Bennington College in Vermont.[4]


Lustrations for orchesrra[clarification needed]

“ … a thoroughly stimulating work, beautifully crafted, and filled with a sense of magic and sensuality that calls for playing of a very high order … This is an important voice in American music today.”


Performances of Dr’[peacock term] Jankowski’s music have taken place at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, at the Museum of Modern Art, at Holy Trinity Chapel at New York University, at Yale University, and at the Fifth International Festival of Experimental Music in Bourges, France[.[6]

Ensembles performing her works have included the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Buffalo Philharmonic, Composers Concordance, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Mount Vernon Chamber Orchestra, the New Jersey Chamber Music Society, the United States Bicentennial Band, and the Eastman Wind Ensemble.[when?][clarification needed] Artists who have performed her music are Maestro Julius Rudel, soprano Teresa Kubiak, tenor George Shirley, and pianist Carol Ferri.[when?][clarification needed]



  • Chaconne for Piano and Orchestra (1986)
  • Concerto for Oboe, Clarinet + String Orchestra (1987)
  • Gallic Overture (1995)
  • Jericho (1992)
  • Lustrations for orchestra

Vocal/choral Orchestra[edit]

  • Jerusalem (Orchestrated Version) (1985)
  • Psalms 13 + 113 (Orchestrated version) (1994)
  • Inside The Cage, Empty Air (1975), 30 womens voices, guitar, 3 soprano recorders, 2 alto recorders, 2 tenor recorders, bass recorder, percussion, harpsichord
  • Phoenix (1989), high voice, piano
  • A Song on the End of the World (1987), Soprano, Violin, Cello, Piano
  • Paterson Songs, tenor and mixed quintet


  • Alleluia Fanfare with Variations (1994), organ
  • Chaconne (1999), piano with choice of the following: fl, ob, B-flat cl, sop sax, ten sax
  • Contrasts (1987), B-flat Clarinet, Violin, Piano
  • Four Haiku (1983), Tpt, Perc(2)
  • A Naughty Boy – Continuo Music Press (1979), Soprano, Clarinet, and Piano
  • Sonata for B-flat Trumpet and Piano (1970), B-flat Trumpet and Piano
  • Toccatella (1994), B-flat trumpet and piano
  • Todesband (1973),Wind Ensemble


  • Demeanour
  • Etude #1 (1993)
  • Homage to Chopin (1981)
  • Images 1 (1984)
  • Rubies of Memories (1989), piano 4 hands
  • Band Todesband [1]


  1. "2016 Information Guide" (PDF). Piano Teachers Society of America. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Loretta Jankowski". American Composers Alliance. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  3. Simmons, Karie (May 18, 2015). "Get to work: Piano teacher enjoys watching students progress". Newark Post. Delaware. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  4. "About me". Loretta Jankowski official website. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  5. "What the Critics Wrote". Loretta Jankowski official website. November 23, 2018.
  6. "Ostwald Award Winners – 1971-1980 – Loretta Jankowski – 1976: Todesband". University of Maryland. Retrieved November 23, 2018.

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