Emma Lou DiemerPersonal papers of composer, organist, and emeritus professor of composition at UCSB. Born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1927, Diemer began composing at an early age and later studied composition at Yale and the Eastman School. Her teachers included Hindemith, Bernard Rogers, Hanson, Toch, and Sessions.

Diemer taught composition at UCSB from 1971 to 1991 and founded the school’s electronic music studio. A prolific and virtuosic composer, she is the recipient of both NEA and Fullbright fellowships, ASCAP Standard Awards, a Kennedy Center Friedheim Award, and the 1995 AGO Composer of the Year Award. She continues to receive numerous commissions as well as give recitals. The following website on Diemer may be of interest: Sigma Alpha Iota Composers Bureau.

The collection includes many of her manuscript scores, business correspondence and royalty statements, programs, reviews, and clippings. Many of Diemer’s published scores are available at the UCSB Music Library. For an inventory of the collection, consult the finding guide in the Online Archive of California (OAC).

For more information on the collection or assistance in using the materials, please contact Special Collections staff at special@library.ucsb.edu.