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March 21, 2023:

Well-known American composer. Born June 28, 1922, San Antonio, Texas; died August 2, 1987 in Tempe, Arizona.

From Wikipedia: He studied organ and composition at Curtis Institute of Music (1940–1942). He continued his music studies at Trinity University (Texas) (BMus 1950) and Syracuse University (MMus 1951, PhD 1956). He also held the associate certificate from the American Guild of Organists (AAGO).

He was a lecturer at Syracuse University (1951). From 1960–1967, he was college organist and organ instructor at St Olaf College, Northfield MN. He was named music department chair at St Olaf in 1965. In 1967, he succeeded Arthur Poister as professor of music and university organist at Syracuse University. He moved to Arizona in 1969, where he taught at Arizona State University, Tempe.

From organ builder Scot Huntington of Connecticut: He was known to have been a consultant on a number of new-organ projects. However, before he became famous, he was Music Department Chair and organ instructor at Alfred University, Alfred, New York (1957-1960). While there, he is known to have substantially rebuilt a tracker organ in the nearby town of Almond, N.Y.

We received the most recent update for this note from Jim Stettner on March 22, 2023.

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