Mazurek, Ronald , American composer and teacher; b. Perth Amboy, N.J., Dec. 2, 1943. He received training in clarinet and piano at Montclair (N.J.) Coll. (B.A., 1966) and N.Y.U. (M.A., 1967), then completed his studies there in composition with Ghezzo (Ph.D., 1986). He taught composition at N.Y.U. (from 1982) and electronic music at William Paterson Coll. of N.J. in Wayne (from 1990); served as vice president of the Composers Guild of N.J. (1983–91) and as founder-director of the Fairleigh Dickinson Univ. Concerts of Contemporary Music (1984–90). In his music, he frequently integrates acoustic and electronic elements.
Meditation for Clarinet and Percussion (1978); Voices for Wind Quintet (1979); Meditation for Oboe and Percussion (1980); Anima for Flute, Clarinet, and Piano (1980); Encounters for Percussion Quartet (1981); Dialogues for Trumpets (1981); Fusion/Defusion for Clarinet (1982); Focusing for Alto Saxophone (1984); Cantos for Brass Quintet (1984); The Voice Within for Piano and Tape (1986); The Mirror of Wisdom for Wind Quintet (1987); In Search of. ..for Percussion and Tape (1987); Yu-Chou for Tape (1988); Trigrams for Clarinet, Piano, and Tape (1988); 3 Songs in Memoriam for Soprano and Tape (1989); 3 Etudes for Piano and Tape (1990); Alleluia for Chamber Orch. and Tape (1990); Satori for Clarinet and Tape (1991); 3 Preludes for Piano and Tape (1992); Visions for Ensemble and Tape (1992).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire