André (Andreas) Singer

Szabadka, (Austria-Hungary, later Subotica Yugoslavia and today part of Serbia), 1907 – 1996, New York City

André Singer attended the mdw in 1925 to study composition with Joseph Marx and piano with Paul Weingarten. Singer was deputy director at the Belgrade Opera. In Vienna, he co-founded and wrote texts and compositions as Otto Andreas for the cabaret Literatur am Naschmarkt. From 1936 to 1938, he lived in Paris and London before he immigrated to the United States, where he took up theater work. In addition, he organized cabaret programs like From Vienna or Reunion in New York with fellow refugee artists. He served in the Army, helping to organize musical radio programs. From 1946 onwards, he taught composition, piano, and analysis and theory at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville and the New School and City College in New York City. His work Canticle of Peace (1957) was toured in Europe. However, his more than one hundred compositions of orchestral, choral, operatic, chamber and keyboard works, which drew inspiration from literature, especially satire, and the visual arts, were performed mainly by the college orchestra and ensembles in and around New York.