Howard Hanson biography and facts

Composer from United States of America

Howard Harold Hanson (October 28, 1896 – February 26, 1981) was an American composer, conductor, educator, music theorist, and champion of American classical music. As director for 40 years of the Eastman School of Music, he built a high-quality school and provided opportunities for commissioning and performing American music. He won a Pulitzer Prize for one of his works and received numerous other awards. Hanson was born in Wahoo, Nebraska, to Swedish immigrant parents, Hans and Hilma (Eckstrom) Hanson. In his youth he studied music with his mother. Later, he studied at Luther College in Wahoo, receiving a diploma in 1911, then at the Institute of Musical Art, the forerunner of the Juilliard School, in New York City, where he studied with the composer and music theorist Percy Goetschius in 1914. Afterward he attended Northwestern University, where he studied composition with church music expert Peter Lutkin and Arne Oldberg in Chicago. Throughout his education, Hanson studied piano, cello and trombone. Hanson earned his BA degree in music from Northwestern in 1916, where he began his teaching career as a teacher's assistant. In 1916, Hanson was hired for his first full-time  ( Wikipedia )


Personal facts

Known as
Hanson, Howard,Dr. Howard Hanson
Date of birth
Place of birth
United States of America
Hans Hanson, Hilma Hanson
Margaret Elizabeth Nelson
Composer, Conductor


Company Job title From To
University of the Pacific Dean of the Conservatory of Fine Arts 1919 1920
Eastman School of Music Director


Institution From To
Northwestern University
Luther College
Institute of Musical Art


Date of death

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