Born in Chicago in 1929, Robert Muczynski received his advanced musical education (BM 1950, MM 1952) at DePaul University. He excelled in both composition and piano performance (he played his own Divertimento for Piano and Orchestra with the DePaul University Symphony Orchestra at his graduation). Numerous fellowships, awards, and commissions followed, including those from the Fromm Foundation, the Louisville Symphony, the Grant Park Orchestra, and the Ford Foundation. His Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1982. Muczynski has taught at DePaul; Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa; and, from 1965, at the University of Arizona.