was born in Spring Valley, Illinois, on March 13, 1956. After graduating from high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy, he received a BS from Ball State, MM from the University of Cincinnati, and DMA from Rutgers. His composition teachers include Charles Wuorinen, Joel Hoffman, and Ernesto Pellegrini. Although his degrees are in viola performance, he has been an active composer since his undergraduate years in college. His first professional position was in the viola section of the Louisville Orchestra, where he remained for four seasons, and is heard on many of the Orchestra's recordings (First Edition) of contemporary music. He subsequently became a college teacher and conductor, and has held viola and conducting appointments at the University of Nebraska, University of Memphis, Western Illinois, Bucknell, and Ball State. As a promoter and performer of new music, he has had many new works written for his instrument in both chamber and solo settings, and has conducted the premieres of many others. His own music has been performed across the country, and includes chamber and vocal music, as well as music for both band and orchestra. Dr. Levin is currently Visiting Professor of Viola at West Virginia University. During the summers he is Instructor of Viola and Chamber Music at the Interlochen Center for the Arts.