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BRUCE CRAIG ROTER (b. 1962, Brooklyn, NY) received his musical training at the Eastman School of Music, Yale University, the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and Rutgers University (where he received a Ph.D. in 1992). Roter's music has been performed throughout the United States, Europe and the Middle East. It has been documented by PBS, broadcast on radio and television, and webcast. A ten time ASCAP-award winning composer, Roter has received commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts and leading American orchestras. Employing a rich tonal palette and a penchant for contrapuntal interplay, Roter has written for all concert media, from chorus and chamber ensembles, to orchestra and concert band. Roter frequently finds inspiration for his music in American heritage. This is evident in works such as A Camp David Overture (Prayer for Peace), Spiritscapes (A South Dakota Cantata), With Courage and Compassion (A Salute to First Responders), TR: A "Bully" Portrait, and The Days of Struggle and Discovery, written to commemorate the Lewis and Clark bicentennial. Roter's music has been used in 4th of July and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day concerts and has been praised on the floor of the U.S. Senate. In 2003, Roter's A Camp David Overture was selected as a featured new work by the Conductors Guild for their annual conference held that year in New York City. A passionate advocate for modern music, Roter appears frequently on radio, television and in preconcert lectures to introduce audiences to new music. Roter is Professor of Music at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, New York.