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FILE Identifier: Ms. Coll. 181

Marti Epstein collection of scores and recordings: approximately 1977-

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of autograph manuscript scores dating from the composer’s training to 2020, as well as photocopies of printed and autograph materials. The autograph materials are notated in ink and in graphite pencil. The scores are chiefly for chamber ensembles and for orchestra, with many works for solo piano.


  • Creation: 1977-


5 boxes

Biographical / Historical

Marti Epstein (born in Denver, CO, November 25th, 1959). American composer, pianist, and professor. She graduated from the University of Colorado (B.M. 1982) and Boston University (M.M. 1984, D.M.A. 1989), having studied with Cecil Effinger, Charles Eakin, Joyce Mekeel, Bunita Marcus, and Bernard Rands.

Epstein has been a Composition Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center (1986, 1988), a Resident at the MacDowell Colony (1998-99), and Composer-in-Residence at the Radius Ensemble (2009-10). She has won a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant, as well as composition prizes from Lee Ettleson, Bay Area Women's Philharmonic, and Friends & Enemies of New Music.

Commissioning ensembles include the Foxborough Musical Association, the Fromm Foundation, the Munich Biennale, the University of Iowa Brass Quintet, the CORE Ensemble, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, the Longy School of Music, the Atlantic Brass Quintet, the Ludovico Ensemble, Guerilla Opera, the Callithumpian Consort, the Festival of Contemporary Music, the Paul Jacobs Memorial Commissioning Fund, ALEA III, Sequitur New Music Ensemble, the American Dance Festival, the A*DEvantgarde Festival, the New England Brass Quintet, Boston University Marsh Chapel Choir, the CrossSound New Music Festival, the Massachusetts Music Teachers Association, and the Seattle Trumpet Consort. Epstein's work has been performed by the San Francisco Symphony, the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Frankfurt, and Ensemble Modern. In 2017-18, the Time's Arrow New Music Festival featured the music of Marti Epstein extensively.

Epstein has taught harmony, counterpoint, and composition at Berklee College of Music since 1991 and at the Boston Conservatory since 2007, and serves on the steering committee for the Boston Modern Orchestra Project Scoreboard.

Sources: The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2013), (2020), (2020), (2020), (2020)


Arranged in alphabetical order by composition title.


This collection will be of interest to those who study American music, particularly music with a connection to Boston-area performers and institutions. The creator was a student of Joyce Mekeel, whose scores are already available at the Loeb Music Library as Ms. Coll. 104.

Marti Epstein scores and recordings
Émilie Blondin, Josh Kantor, and Christina Linklater
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library Repository

The Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library is the primary repository of musical materials at Harvard. The Music Library’s collecting mission is to serve music teaching and research programs in the Music Department and throughout the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. In addition, it supports the musical needs of the broader Harvard community as well as an international scholarly constituency. We collect books, musical scores, serial titles, sound recordings and video formats, microforms, and rare and archival materials that support research in a wide variety of musical disciplines including historical musicology, music theory, ethnomusicology, composition, and historically informed performance practice, as well as interdisciplinary areas related to music. The special collections include archival collections from the 19th, 20th and 21st century.

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