Wallace DePue
Composer

Biography
Wallace De Pue was born in Columbus, Ohio, to Oscar and Lillian De Pue. At Ohio State University High School, Wallace studied oil painting. He also learned about script writing and wrote a series of radio shows that were broadcast over local radio. In addition, he wrote his first operetta libretto and also composed music for his class graduation ceremony. Wallace De Pue He completed two bachelor degrees within five years, one in music education (BME) and another in music composition (BM). At Ohio State University, he completed a Master of Arts degree (MA). He earned a Ph.D. in music composition and theory at Michigan State University. In 1966, he joined the faculty of Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. He has published more than fifty of his works (for nearly all media), through many international music publishers, as well as his own firm, Picardie Court Publishers. Three of his operas have been produced: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Something Special, and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. The Wonderful Witch of Oz, his new opera, is aimed at pre-school children and is written on the subject of ecology. Dr. De Pue has won consecutive ASCAP awards for more than 26 years, and in 2014, won the “Gold Medal” award of the Boston Metro Opera. Since 1998, Wallace De Pue has been a Professor Emeritus at Bowling Green State University, where he authored Creative Music Theory Skills, a textbook covering beginning music theory for potential composers. In 2006, Dr. De Pue's compositions were featured on The American Masters Concert Series, hosted by Maestro Paul Stanbery, and the Hamilton/Fairfield Symphony Orchestra and Chorale. On March 5, in Hamilton, Ohio, world premieres of Dr. De Pue’s Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra, and the orchestra’s commissioned work, The Bird, Frog and Tree Club, were performed with great success and a standing ovation. On January 18, Maestro Stanbery and the HMSO Board of Directors entered Dr. De Pue’s commissioned work for consideration by the Pulitzer Prize In Music Committee of 2007.

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Pittsburgh Festival OperaThe True Story of the Three Little Pigs7/11/2015 - 7/25/2015


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