International Guild of Musicians in Dance


IGOMD 20th Anniversary Conference

Marjorie Landsmark-DeLewis

A remarkable pianist and musician, Marjorie Landsmark-DeLewis is considered one of the most versatile and revered dance musicians of the twentieth century. She received her classical piano training from the Juilliard School and was one of the first African-Americans to graduate from the program. Landsmark-DeLewis became involved with dance shortly after graduation, playing for Aubrey Hitchins at Jacob’s Pillow. From there, she worked with Agnes de Mille and became the rehearsal pianist for the Broadway shows Oklahoma! and Carousel. She followed de Mille to American Ballet Theatre in New York and became the rehearsal pianist for the company, learning a vast repertoire of ballet scores.

Following her time at ABT, Ms. Landsmark-DeLewis played for the Harkness Ballet and School. She also accompanied classes for Antony Tudor and David Howard. Her last academic appointment was as the Music Director for Dance at Sarah Lawrence College. At nearly 90 years of age, she is still active as a composer and performer and is Musician in Residence at St. James the Less in Scarsdale, New York. Her numerous recordings for David Howard are still used in studios today.

Throughout her career, Ms. Landsmark-DeLewis has been acclaimed for her sensitivity towards dancers’ needs from her unique quality of sound and improvisation. By taking inspiration from the dancing and utilizing the technique from her training and experience, Ms. Landsmark-DeLewis accommodates the needs of the teacher and student of the dance class and unites music and movement uniquely and creatively.

Public Events featuring Ms. DeLewis

All events are in the Stevie Eller Theatre unless otherwise noted

Thursday, January 14

4:00 -5:30 pm

Panel – Composing for Dance

Audience includes students from the SOM Composition Seminar, Theories of Performance Seminar, SOD Creating with Rhythm & Movement class and the Tucson community

Friday, January 15

9:00-10:45 am

Open session with Ms. Landsmark-DeLewis accompanying Jim Clousers in the advanced ballet class- Q&A session

Dance students will directly benefit from taking and observing this class. Audience will include conference participants and members of the university and Tucson community.

Friday, January 15 7:00 pm

Composers Concert of works created specifically for dance, performed without dance– performance by Ms. Landsmark DeLewis of one of her compositions. Pre- concert discussion with Marjorie and other composers.

Saturday, January 16 6:30-7:30 pm pm

Improvisation performance by conference participants

Sunday, January 17, 9:00-10:00 am

Somatics Lab

Stevie Eller Theatre

Panel – Dance Musicians Past – discussion of the world of the dance musician in the 1950’s and 1960’s-open to the public.

Panelists include Ms. Landsmark-DeLewis, Larry Attaway, Music Director for Bella Lewitzky for 25 years and Director of the Jordan Academy of Dance, Janet Soares, noted author, former Chair of Barnard College and the late Louis Horst’s assistant

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