Samuel H. Adler

Title: Retired Educator, Conductor and Composer
Company: Julliard School Music
Location: Perrysburg, Ohio, United States

Samuel H. Adler, Retired Conductor and Composer at the Julliard School of Music, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music.

Born in Mannheim, Germany, to Hugo and Selma Adler, Mr. Adler had always been surrounded by music. His father was a cantor and composer of liturgical music while his mother sang and the two raised a young Mr. Adler with a love of music and full support of him and his talent. Realizing it would be unsafe for the Jewish family to remain in Germany, the Adler family immigrated to the United States in 1939 and Mr. Adler became naturalized with WWII’s end in 1945. In American, Mr. Adler conducted at his high school, was a member of the Worcester Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra at age 15 and wrote a piece during the war called “Epitaph to the Unknown American Soldier.” He pursued higher education and earned a Bachelor of Music from Boston University in 1948, a Master of Arts from Harvard University in 1950 and was presented with honorary doctoral degrees from institutions such as St. Mary’s College and St. Louis Conservatory, among others.

Mr. Adler has been a lecturer and conductor all over the world as well as a valiant soldier in the United States. While serving in the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1952, he founded and conducted the Seventh Army Symphony Orchestra in 1952. Mr. Adler then undertook roles such as music director of Temple Emanu-El in Dallas as well as professor at North Texas State University and the Eastman School of Music, among other occupations. He taught at the Julliard School of Music from 1997 until his retirement in 2016. During his career, Mr. Adler published 450 pieces of music including six symphonies, five operas, nine string quartets, and numerous sonatas and concertos for woodwind sting, and brass instruments. , Mr. Adler has been widely recognized for his talents by organizations including, but not limited to, the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and Guggenheim Foundation though above all he considers receiving The Bundesverdienstkreuz, First Class, by The German Government in 2018 to be a career highlight. There were two concerts in Berlin and in his birthplace of Mannheim, where the newly established Jewish congregation established a concert hall that was named in Mr. Adler’s honor. The Mannheim congregation will have yearly festivals in Mr. Adler’s eponymously named hall where they will commemorate music done by him, his father and other composers who had to leave Germany under the Nazi regime. As a further testament to Mr. Adler’s success, he has been lauded with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and has been featured in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in America: Student Version, Who’s Who in Entertainment, Who’s Who in the East, and Who’s Who in the Midwest.

For more information, please visit:

Milken Archive of Jewish Music

Building Bridges With Music: Stories from a Composer’s Life (American Music and Musicians)

7th Army Symphony

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