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Mills College

5000 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland, CA 94613

Mills College is a liberal arts and sciences college in the San Francisco Bay Area. Currently, Mills is an undergraduate women's college, with graduate programs for women and men. The college offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and over 25 graduate degrees, certificates, and credentials.

The Music Program at Mills is noted for being at the forefront of experimental music study and composition. Well-known composer Luciano Berio was on the music faculty of Mills in 1962-1964, and in 1966 Pauline Oliveros became the first director of the Tape Music Center (later the Center for Contemporary Music), where she composed her electronic works "Alien Bog" and "Beautiful Soop". Morton Subotnick, later a member of the faculty, received his master's degree from Mills, studying composition with Leon Kirchner and Darius Milhaud. Laurie Anderson, Dave Brubeck, Joanna Newsom, Phil Lesh, Noah Georgeson, and Steve Reich attended the program, as well as the famous synthesizer designer Don Buchla. Terry Riley taught at Mills starting in the early 1970s. Avant-garde jazz pioneer Anthony Braxton has taught at Mills on an intermittent basis since the 1970s

The F.W. Olin Library houses a collection of over 240,000 volumes and other media, with special emphasis on literature, history, women’s studies, art and music. The Special Collections in the Elinor Raas Heller Rare Book Room includes printed books from the 15th century to the present. Access to the library is generally limited to faculty, staff, students and alumni. Scholars may be granted limited access by inquiring with the Reference Desk or Special Collections Librarian.

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