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Gary Schocker's compositions are renowned for their theatricality and immediate appeal. His highly melodic style has been compared to Poulenc, Francaix and Bernstein, all of them eclectic melodic composers with a sense of drama and humor. There is a decidedly French influence at work in his music, probably from his having studied the virtuoso flute music of French composers, which comprises most of the great 20th century literature for flute.

His early compositions were songs and later theatre music, starting with the writing and producing of 3 musicals while he was a high school student in Easton, Pennsylvania. He has gone on to become the most-published and among the most-played living composers for flute, which is his main instrument, and for which he has a unique affinity.

Among his many awards have been honors from the International Clarinet Association, having won their composition competition twice. Also the National Flute Association has awarded him several times as winner of their newly published music competitions. He regularly receives commissions from other flutists, among them Sir James Galway who premiered GREEN PLACES in Ireland and in the United States with the New Jersey Symphony. In addition he has written for all the other woodwinds and extensively for the piano which he also plays. Commissions have also come from flute societies and the Ithaca Choral Society which premiered his Confederate Soldier's Prayer in 2008.

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