Born in Emmons, Minnesota 1922. Early years were spent in Southern Minnesota and Northern Iowa. Graduated from Thompson High School, Thompson, Iowa 1939. Attended Drake University, receiving the B. Mus. Ed. degree in 1943. Served three years in the 324th ASF Band, Aberdeen, Maryland 1943-1946. In 1947 received the BM degree in composition from Northwestern University. Received the MM degree in composition in 1948 from Northwestern University. Taught at West Virginia University 1949-1952 and 1954-1960. Attended Eastman School of Music 1952-1954, receiving the DMA in composition and Performer's Certificate in French Horn in 1956. Taught at Northern Illinois University 1960-1992.
He has composed music for a wide variety of performers, including instrumental and vocal soloists, chamber music groups, wind ensembles and symphony orchestras. Several works were written for theatre and for modern dance.
Many works are published and have been performed by the Minneapolis Symphony, Eastman-Rochester Symphony, Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, Chicago String Ensemble, Illinois Chamber Symphony, and DeKalb Kishwaukee Symphony.
In addition to numerous performances in the United States, there have been performances in foreign countries such as Argentina, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, South Africa, Switzerland, and Taiwan.
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O Sacred Head Now Wounded, Jan Palmer, organ, Westminster Presbyterian Church, DeKalb, IL, April 2011. This is the Day, First Congregational United Church of Christ Choir, DeKalb, Sept. 2011.
All published by HOA Music: Scherzo for Violin and Piano; Theme and Variations for Flute and Piano; Theme and Variations for Violin and Piano.
Chorale Prelude by Gregory Ceurvorst at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Downers Grove, IL on 3/25/09. Hjertehjem Halling and Gill’s Rock Stoneware Saraband (which are from Door County Suite) plus Blaz’s Galop (which is from Petite Suite for my Grandchildren) by William Goldenberg, piano at Carlsen Center Recital Hall, Kansas City, Kansas on 3/16/09, Fine Arts Academy, Anchorage, Alaska on 4/10/09, and Skagway Arts Council, Skagway, Alaska on 4/12/09.
Concertino for English horn and piano was performed February 14, 2009, by Jennifer Wohlenhaus Bloomberg and Allison Bechtum for a faculty recital at Drake University, Des Moines, IA. “Hjertehjem Halling” and “Gills Rock Stoneware Saraband,” both from Door County Suite, along with “Blaz’s Galop” from Petite Suite for My Grandchildren, were performed March 17 by pianist William Goldenberg, University of Missouri, Kansas City. James Haügland and Goldenberg presented “Larghetto” from Sonata for cello and piano April 6, on a composer’s recital at Northern Illinois University, School of Music, DeKalb, IL.
Concertino for English horn in two versions, one with piano, and one with string accompaniment; by Trevo Co Music, Tallevast, FL.
“Midsummer’s Music chamber ensemble, conducted by James Berkenstock, performed my Door County Suite at three different locations in Door County, WI, this past June,” the composer reports. “The first was at Frances Hardy Center for the Arts in Ephraim on June 13, 2008; the second at Peninsula Art School, Fish Creek on June 14; and the third at Woodwalk Gallery, Egg Harbor on June 15. Door County Suite was originally written for piano; it was arranged for the chamber group at the request of James Berkenstock.”