In Loving Memory, Mills College Pays Tribute to the Life and Work of Pauline Oliveros

Oakland, CA–January 18, 2017

Pauline Oliveros (1932–2016), the distinguished American composer, performer, author, and teacher passed away peacefully in her home in Kingston, New York on November 24, 2016. She was a treasured member of the artistic community at Mills College. Her presence at Mills had a profound impact on her colleagues in the Music Department and on many generations of Mills students.

Along with composers Ramon Sender and Morton Subotnick, Oliveros co-founded the San Francisco Tape Music Center in 1961 and became the director of the center when it moved to Mills College in Oakland in the fall of 1966. She established a progressive, open-minded creative vision at the Mills Tape Music Center (later re-named the Center for Contemporary Music), which, after a half century, continues today.

In 1967, Oliveros accepted a position at the University of California, San Diego and was a vital part of its new music program for fourteen years. She returned to Mills College in 1996 as the Darius Milhaud Composer in Residence. Although in 2001, Oliveros accepted a position as Distinguished Research Professor of Music at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, she continued to teach a composition seminar at Mills every year.

Please join the Mills community for a tribute to the life and work of Pauline Oliveros. We will come together to honor Pauline’s legacy with sounds, images, and words.

Pauline Oliveros Celebration
Sunday, January 22, 2017
4:30 pm–6:00 pm
Music and installations in and around the Music Building will commence at 3:00 pm
Jeannik Méquet Littlefield Concert Hall, Music Building
Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, CA.

Performances and Other Events

  • Performers and speakers will include: Ione, Ramon Sender, Moira Roth, Caterina De Re, the Cornelius Cardew Choir, Voci, Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins, Roscoe Mitchell, Maggi Payne, Willie Winant, Jennifer Wilsey, George Marsh, Chris Brown, John Bischoff, Dana Reason, Philip Gelb, James Fei, Brenda Hutchinson, Tom Bickley, Nancy Beckman, Rachel Condry, Dianne Grubbe, Tom Djll, Phillip Greenlief and students from the Mills Music Department
  • Montage of footage from the unreleased film, “Deep Listening: The Story of Pauline Oliveros” by Daniel Weintraub
  • Slide show with archival photographs