Charles Shere (born Berkeley, California, 1935) grew up in the Bay Area. He studied composition with Luciano Berio at Mills College and with Robert Erickson privately and at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He was Music Director at KPFA-fm, Berkeley, 1964-67, Lecturer at Mills College, Oakland, 1973-84, and art and music critic at the Oakland Tribune, 1972-88. He was the founding editor and publisher of the legendary new-music periodical Ear, and is the author of several books on music and on contemporary American composers.
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