Born in Brooklyn, New York, Alvin Singleton attended New York University and Yale. As a Fulbright Scholar, he studied with Goffredo Petrassi at the Accademia Nationale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. After working for more than a decade in Europe, Singleton returned to the United States to become Composer-in-Residence with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (1985-88). He subsequently served as Resident Composer at Spelman College in Atlanta (1988-91), as UNISYS Composer-in-Residence with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra(1996-97), and was the 2002-03 Composer-in-Residence with the Ritz Chamber Players of Jacksonville, Florida. In addition, he served as Visiting Professor of Composition at the Yale University School of Music.He has been awarded a 2003 Guggenheim Fellowship, the Kranischsteiner Musikpreis by the City of Darmstadt, Germany, twice the Musikprotokoll Kompositionpreis by the Austrian Radio, the Mayor's Fellowship in the Arts Award by the City of Atlanta, and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.Singleton has composed music for the theater, orchestra, solo instruments, and a variety of chamber ensembles. His compositions have been performed by the symphony orchestras of Boston, Pittsburgh, Houston, Cincinnati, Atlanta, Cleveland, Philadelphia, Detroit, Oregon, Baltimore, Syracuse, Louisville, and Florida, the American Composers Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic, l'Orchestre de Paris, das Guerzenich-Orchester Koelner Philharmoniker and also the Kronos Quartet, St Luke?s Chamber Ensemble, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Nash Ensemble of London, Asko Ensemble of Amsterdam, Ensemble des 20. Jahrhunderts of Vienna, London Sinfonietta, Trio Basso of Cologne and the Bremer Tanztheater.Important international festivals have also programmed Singleton's music. They include Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, OR, Tanglewood, Aspen, Bravo! Colorado, Music from Angel Fire in New Mexico, Cincinnati May Festival, Cabrillo Music Festival, Bang On A Can, National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta, Other Minds in San Francisco, Festival Miami, Vienna Summer Festival, Pro Musica Nova in Bremen, Styrian Autumn Festival in Graz, Brussels ISCM World Music Days, Nuova Consonanza, Rome, and IRCAM in Paris. His Music is published by European American Music Corporation and Musica Mista and is recorded on the Albany Records, Elektra/Nonesuch, and Tzadik labels.