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Allen Stephen Brings, DMA, Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who's Who

Dr. Brings has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in the field of music and higher education

In April 2017, he released a CD, "The Chamber Works of Allen Brings" through Navona Records, LLC.

    WILTON, CT, December 18, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Allen Stephen Brings, DMA, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee Dr. Brings celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Retired musician and professor emeritus at his alma mater, the Aaron Copland School of Music at the City University of New York (CUNY), Dr. Brings was coordinator of the theory and ear training program during his tenure, beginning in 1963. He also taught piano and theory and was the associate director at the Weston Music Center and School of Performing Arts in Connecticut since the early 1960s.

First earning a BA, magna cum laude, at CUNY in 1955, and an MA at Columbia University in 1957, Dr. Brings was a Mosenthal fellow and student of Otto Luening. Beginning his career in academia by teaching as an instructor of music at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, he then became a teaching fellow and student of Gardner Read at Boston University in 1960. Two years later, Dr. Brings had become a Naumburg fellow at Princeton University, studying with Roger Sessions, while completing postgraduate work. By 1964, he had earned a Doctorate in Musical Arts at Boston University.

A composer and pianist, Dr. Brings' published compositions included works for orchestra, band, chorus, and chamber ensembles, piano, organ, harpsichord, guitar, and voice. In April 2017, he released a CD, "The Chamber Works of Allen Brings" through Navona Records, LLC. Tracks 1 through 12 were recorded at the Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in New York City, and tracks 13 through 27 were recorded in the LeFrak Concert Hall at The Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, CUNY. The CD includes duets from a mix of performers, including several violinists, pianists, cellists, violists, clarinetists, flutists, and oboists. He has also recorded for Capstone, Centaur, Grenadilla, Contemporary Record Society, North/South Consonance, Arizona University Recordings, and Vienna Modern Masters, and he has performed extensively in the United States and abroad, particularly in programs of music for piano, four-hands, with Genevieve Chinn, which he recorded for Orion, CRI, and Centaur. Furthermore, Dr. Brings is the co-author of "A New Approach to Keyboard Harmony," which was published throughout W.W. Norton, and he has written and published extensively in various publications such as the "College of Music Symposium," "Contemporary Music Newsletter," and "New Music Connoisseur."

Dr. Brings has served as chairman of the eastern region of the American Society of University Composers twice. He has also spent time as vice-president of Connecticut Composers and is a member of the Catholic Commission on Intellectual and Cultural Affairs. Prior to earning his degrees, Dr. Brings spent two years serving the military in the U.S. Army, from 1957 to 1959.

Included in the first through third editions of Who's Who in Entertainment, Dr. Brings was the recipient of a John Castellini Silver Jubilee Award by CUNY's Choral Society in 1983. In 1988, he received an artist grant by the Connecticut Commission on the Arts. Married to Genevieve Chinn since 1959 with one daughter, he loves to play tennis, and for the past several years he has been active as a ballroom dancer, studying at a local Fred Astaire studio, and occasionally participating in amateur competitions. He is a longtime member of several organizations, including the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, the National Association of Composers, and the Society of Composers, where he formerly served as chairman of region II.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Allen Stephen Brings, DMA, has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit for more information about this honor.
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