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 )

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Personal facts

Known as
Hanson, Howard,Dr. Howard Hanson
Date of birth
1896-10-28
Place of birth
Wahoo
Nationality
United States of America
Parents
Hans Hanson, Hilma Hanson
Spouse(s)
Margaret Elizabeth Nelson
Profession
Composer, Conductor

Employment

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

Education

Institution From To
Northwestern University
Luther College
Institute of Musical Art

Death

Date of death
1981-02-26

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