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Howard Hanson Biography Born on October 28, 1896 in Wahoo, Nebraska to Swedish parents At an early age he was taught music by his mother He studied music at Luther College in his hometown and received his diploma at the age of 15 Continued his studies at the Institute of Musical Art under Percy Goetschius and at Northwestern University under P. C. Lutkin and Arne Oldberg After graduating, Hanson taught theory and composition at the College of the Pacific in San Jose California, and eventually became the Dean of the Conservatory of Fine Arts in 1919 First major success as a composer came in 1921 when he was awarded the first American Prix de Rome in Music for his California Forest Play of 1920 for solo voices, chorus, dancers, and orchestra Was chosen by George Eastman to be the director of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY in 1924 Hanson was the head of the school for 40 years until his retirement in 1964 Made Eastman one of the most influential music conservatories in the world by broadening its curriculum and raising the standards of its orchestra, the Eastman Philharmonic, to a near professional level In 1925, he started a series of orchestral concerts that would serve as a major showcase for the music of American composers, especially those associated with the Eastman School of Music In 1935 Hanson was elected to membership in the National Institute of Arts and Letters In 1938 he became a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in Sweden Founder and President for many years of the National Music Council Involved with important national music education organizations such as the National Association of Schools of Music, the Music Teachers National Association, and the Music Educators National Conference Significant Works Opera: Opus 31. Merry Mount , 3 acts (1933) based on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s short story, “The Maypole Lovers of Merry Mount” Choral works: Symphonic poem North and West with obbligato chorus (1923)
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