Re: Teachers of Yesteryear
Posted by Leroy Osmon on 4/5/2020, 9:13 pm, in reply to "Teachers of Yesteryear"
Last year I was talking with my "star" composition student (Amaury Leon Sosa) about this very subject. |
I started with Clifton Williams and Paul Holmes (Holmes also studied with Williams.) Williams studied with both Bernard Rogers and Howard Hansen (among others). For my Masters I studied with Fisher Tull and, of course, his teacher was Samuel Adler - and Adler studied with Copland, Hindemith, Walter Piston, Paul Pisk and Randal Thompson.
Going 2 generations from Tull - Copland studied with several great teachers, however, the most notable was Nadia Boulanger. Pisk studied with Schoenberg and Franz Schreker. Walter Piston studied with the amazing (and unknown composer) Ed. B. Hill, Paul Dukas and George Enescu!!
I worked on my doctorate with Michael Horvit and his teachers were amazing! Copland, Hindemith, Lucas Foss, Piston, Quincy Porter and Gardner Read. Dr. Horvit's combined teachers studied with an impressive total of 16 teachers that included Boulanger, Goldmark, Dukas, Enescu, Horatio Parker (the teacher of Charles Ives), Bloch, Vincent d'Indy, Roger and Hanson - to name some.
What we know and what we do, we owe to our teachers!
On the band side, I had three of the greats as teachers; Charles Wiley, Richard Kole and Eddie Green. What I know about band I learned from them directly and from working with one of the really great masters, Jack Farris. I would have to include a VERY long list of private lesson staff/teachers that I learned from as well.