Albright was born in Gary, Indiana, and began learning the piano at the age of five, and attended the Juilliard Preparatory Department (1959-62), the Eastman School of Music (1962-63) and the University of Michigan (1962-70), where he studied composition with Ross Lee Finney and George Rochberg, and organ with Marilyn Mason. He interrupted his studies for the 1968–69 academic year when he received a Fulbright scholarship to study with Olivier Messiaen in Paris. Upon his graduation in 1970 he was appointed to the faculty of the University of Michigan, where he taught until his death from liver failure in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1998 (Griffiths 1998).
His music combined elements of tonal and non-tonal classical music (in particular the influence of Messiaen) with American popular music and non-Western music (Gillespie 2001), in what has been described as "polystylistic" or "quaquaversal" music (Chambers 1999, 32)—which makes the definition of an overall style difficult (Perone 1988, abstract). In particular, he was an enthusiast for ragtime (Bassett 1999, 28–29), and was "a principal figure with William Bolcom in the revival of interest in Scott Joplin, Joseph Lamb and other ragtime composers from the turn of the century."
In addition to his compositional and teaching activities, he pursued an active career as an organist and commissioned new works for this instrument from other contemporary composers to play on his concert tours of North America and Europe (Griffiths 1998).
Albright's notable students include Gabriela Lena Frank. , Carter Pann, Michael Timpson, Derek Bermel, and Chihchun Lee.
Sea Dogs denied in bid for sweep ; Altoona rallies in the second game to prevent Portland from taking both ends of a doubleheader.
Jun 03, 2012; BILL ALBRIGHT Special to the Telegram Portland Press Herald (Maine) 06-03-2012 Sea Dogs denied in bid for sweep ; Altoona rallies...
Sea Dogs silenced by Curve, 2-0 ; Portland manages just six hits and few scoring chances as it ends its road trip with a loss at Altoona.
Jun 05, 2012; BILL ALBRIGHT Special to the Press Herald Portland Press Herald (Maine) 06-05-2012 Sea Dogs silenced by Curve, 2-0 ; Portland...