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Stephen Jaffe to the American Academy of Arts and Letters

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Some clubs are harder to join than others, especially the ones where you have to be invited. And Stephen Jaffe, the composer who teaches at Duke University, recently scored one of the best around -- membership in the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He'll be formally inducted next month, but it's a group he has some history with.

For more, check the story in Sunday's paper. And you can take a listen to some of Jaffe's music here.

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David Menconi has been the News & Observer's music critic since 1991. Before that, he spent five years at the Daily Camera in Boulder, Colo. He has a masters in journalism from the University of Texas and a B.A. in English from Southwestern University. You can find more of his writing here.