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Release: Sept. 13, 2002
UI CONCERTS CELEBRATE 90th BIRTHDAY OF HIMIE VOXMAN SEPT. 27 & 28
Photo by Tom Jorgensen
legend of the clarinet and one of the most influential music educators of
the past century, the University of Iowas Himie Voxman turns 90 this
year. This milestone will be celebrated as it should be -- in music -- with
concerts in his honor: one by faculty from the School of Music that he headed
for 26 years, at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27; and one by former students, at 2
p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28.
Both concerts are free and will be held in Clapp Recital Hall on the UI campus.
Following the Friday night concert, a reception in Voxmans honor will
be held in the Clapp Hall lobby.
Voxman is among the UIs most honored faculty and administrators. A
1933 graduate of the university, he served as director of the UI School of
Music from 1954 until his retirement in 1980. Among many other honors, the
UI Music Building was named in his honor in 1995 and he received the Lifetime
Achievement Award from the International Clarinet Association in 2000.
Himie Voxman has been pivotal in making the School of Music a nationally
respected and admired institution, Interim UI President Willard L. (Sandy)
Boyd commented. He has been stalwart in his commitment to his university
through many decades. Himie's special leadership is also marked by personal
warmth and concern for people. I remember, for example, how the Voxmans moved
out of their home to accommodate Vladimir Horowitz when he came here to perform.
We all wish Himie Voxman the happiest of birthdays.
For the Friday concert by IU faculty, clarinetist Maurita Murphy Mead and
pianist Carole Thomas will play the Sonatina of Ernst Mahle and Amazing
Grace; the Iowa Woodwind Quintet will perform works that were edited
by Voxman -- Rustic Holiday by Paul Koepke, Suite for wind quintet,
op. 57, by Charles Lefebvre, and the Finale from Quintet, op. 79, by August
Klughardt -- as well as the Quintet No. 2 by Iowan Alvin Etler; and the Iowa
Brass Quintet will play Centone No.V by Samuel Scheidt, Quintet
No. 1 by Victor Ewald, The Golyardes Grounde by Malcolm
Forsyth, and La Rose Nuptiale by Calixa Lavallee.
On Saturday, former students, current and retired UI music faculty and other
musicians will honor Voxman with performances of music ranging from clarinet
solos with piano to small ensembles and a clarinet choir of 18 players. Participants
will include music alumni from across the country; pianist Sue Haug, director
of the School of Music at Iowa State University; violinist Leopold La Fosse
from the UI faculty; pianists James Avery from Endingen, Germany, and Richard
Bloesch, who recently retired from the UI choral conducting faculty; percussionist
Tom Davis, another retired UI faculty member, playing with local musicians
in a small jazz combo; and Myron Welch, UI director of bands and coordinator
of the weekends activities, leading the clarinet choir.
Voxman is slightly taken aback and bemused by all the attention. Im
very grateful for all of those people who thought this occasion important
enough to make a fuss, he said. In fact, its embarrassing.
Kristin Thelander, the current director of the UI School of Music, commented
on Voxmans importance to musicians at the UI: He has influenced
every student and faculty member because of his stature as a performer, pedagogue,
and administrator, as well as because of his research in 18th and 19th century
wind literature and his numerous editions of music. In a way professor Voxman
represents the comprehensive nature of our School of Music and the breadth
of interests and pursuits for which many of us continue to strive.
Himie Voxman represents the epitome of leadership in American music
education for generations of teachers and artists in the country, said
David Nelson, director of the UI Division of Performing Arts and former director
of the School of Music.
Organist Delbert Disselhorst is one of the current music faculty members
who taught at the UI when Voxman was head of the School of Music. Ive
always felt very fortunate to have been a faculty member under his direction,
he said. Hes a gifted humanitarian, teacher and administrator.
Voxman studied clarinet as a youth in Centerville, Iowa, with William Gower
Sr., and in New York with prominent clarinet teacher Gustave Langenus. He
earned a bachelors degree from the UI with high distinction in chemical
engineering in 1933 and received a masters degree in 1934 in the psychology
of music, studying with pioneering researcher Carl Seashore.
He taught woodwinds in nearby public schools, and in 1939 became a full-time
UI faculty member. In 1954 he succeeded Philip Greeley Clapp as director of
the UI School of Music, a position he held for 26 years until his retirement
in 1980. Voxmans numerous method books and editions of music for wind
instruments have been used around the world for many years.
Voxman has received numerous professional awards and honors during his career,
including the 1983 Edwin Franko Goldman Citation of the American Bandmasters
Association, in recognition of his conspicuous service in the interest
of bands and band music in America; the 1991 National Federation Award
of Merit for the Voxman Selected Studies Series for band instruments; and
the Medal of Honor from the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic.
He received the UIs Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievement in 1992,
and in 1995 the Iowa Board of Regents approved the request from current and
former faculty, alumni and a large circle of Voxmans friends to name
the Music Building after him. In 2000 the International Clarinet Association
chose him as only its third member, and first American, to receive its Lifetime
Achievement Award, citing his outstanding research, teaching, publication
and service to the world of clarinet.
The School of Music is part of the Division of Performing Arts in the UI
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
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