"There are no two points so distant from one another that they cannot be connected by a single straight line -- and an infinite number of curves."

Composer Lawrence Dillon has produced an extensive body of work, from brief solo pieces to a full-length opera. Three disks of his music are due out in 2010 on the Bridge, Albany and Naxos labels. In the past year, he has had commissions from the Emerson String Quartet, the Cassatt String Quartet, the Mansfield Symphony, the Boise Philharmonic, the Salt Lake City Symphony, the Ravinia Festival, the Daedalus String Quartet, the Kenan Institute for the Arts, the University of Utah and the Idyllwild Symphony Orchestra.

Although he lost 50% of his hearing in a childhood illness, Dillon began composing as soon as he started piano lessons at the age of seven. In 1985, he became the youngest composer to earn a doctorate at The Juilliard School, and was shortly thereafter appointed to the Juilliard faculty. Dillon is now Composer in Residence at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he has served as Music Director of the Contemporary Ensemble, Assistant Dean of Performance, and Interim Dean of the School of Music. He was the Featured American Composer in the February 2006 issue of Chamber Music magazine.

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Sunday, June 26, 2005
Ambulance Chasing from the Comfort of Your Own Home

On Monday, I was involved in a little fender-bender. No big deal someone backed into me in a parking lot. The insurance companies were contacted, the minor damage was reported and repaired.

On Wednesday, I received sixteen letters in the mail from personal injury lawyers, all promising to see that I would be well repaid for my physical and emotional trauma. All the letters were personalized, with details about the accident.

Its comforting to know that there is someone out there ready to benefit from every piece of information available on the internet. Who knows, maybe someday someone will make a heap of money from my music.

But it probably wont be me.