Amherst College Music Professor Eric Sawyer Wins Abraham Lincoln-Themed Composition Competition

Submitted by Caroline J. Hanna

August 19, 2008         
Contact: Caroline J. Hanna
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass. — Eric Sawyer, associate professor of music at Amherst College, has been named one of three winners of an Abraham Lincoln-themed composition competition sponsored by the Ravinia Festival, the oldest music festival in North America.

Amherst College Professor Eric Sawyer’s Opera on Lincoln Assassination Premieres June 20 and 22

Submitted by Patricia M. Allen

June 3, 2008
Contact: Caroline Jenkins Hanna
Director of Media Relations


AMHERST, Mass.—Our American Cousin, an opera about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln with music composed by Amherst College music professor Eric Sawyer, will premiere Friday, June 20, and Sunday, June 22, at the Academy of Music in Northampton, Mass. The opus tells the story of Lincoln’s killing from the point of view of audience members watching and actors staging the now-infamous comedy (a Broadway play also titled Our American Cousin) in progress at Ford’s Theater when the assassination occurred.

Professional and Biographical Information

Degrees Ph.D., University of California , Davis (1994) M.A., Columbia University (1988) A.B., Harvard University (1984)Selected Publications String Works, Albany Records, Troy 781 Columbine, Octagon Ensemble, Albany Records, Troy 133 Scores published by Lydian Press and Association for the Promotion of New Music Awards and Honors Mellon Semester Research Grant, Mellon 8 Colleges, 2005

Party and Concert for Eric Sawyer's “String Works” at Amherst Books Oct. 26

October 12, 2005 Director of Media Relations 413/542-8417 AMHERST, Mass.—A party and CD release concert to celebrate “String Works,” the new Albany Records recording by Eric Sawyer, assistant professor of music at Amherst College, will be held at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Amherst Books (8 Main St., Amherst, Mass.).