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In Memoriam - 2011
22 November 2011
Dr Himie Voxman, Celebrated
Clarinetist, Pedagogue, and Chair of the University of Iowa School of Music,
Iowa City, Iowa USA
Iowa emeritus professor Himie Voxman, who was
the director of the UI School of Music for more
than a quarter century, 1954-1980, died
Nov. 22, 2011, at the age of 99. The Voxman
Music Building, which was destroyed by the 2008
flood, was named in his honor in 1995, and the
UI named him an Honorary Doctor of Humane
Letters in 2008.
Over the course of his long career, Voxman
became one of the nation’s most well known and
respected music educators. He was known to
clarinetists and other musicians throughout the
world through his numerous compilations and
editions for wind instruments and bibliographies
of wind instrument literature Many of the
familiar Clarinet Methods and Advanced
repertoire editions have been the training
staple of Clarinetists worldwide from their
student beginnings as players.
The Rubank Advanced Band Method, written by
Voxman, is still considered a foundational
instruction method series. In 2009 he was
inducted into the Fine Arts category of the
National Federation of State High School
Associations National High School Hall of Fame.
During his years at the UI Voxman contributed to
the School of Music’s reputation as a premiere
music school, served as an advisor for more than
40 doctoral dissertations, and made countless
contributions to the Rita Benton Music Library’s
collections. His travels to European Libraries
during the 1950s and 1960s to procure copies of
original manuscripts are the basis for this
It was under Voxman’s leadership that the School
of Music received a Rockefeller grant to
establish the Center for New Music, which has
added another dimension of distinction to Iowa’s
School of Music.
Voxman was born in Centerville, Iowa,
in 1912, and paid for his education at the UI by
teaching clarinet lessons to high school
students. In 1933 he received a Bachelor of
Science degree with high distinction in chemical
engineering. He also received a Master of Arts
degree in 1934 and in 1939 joined the faculty of
the School of Music.
Voxman held many positions of honor and
distinction during his career. He was the former
vice-president of the National Association of
College Wind and Percussion Instructors, and he
held various offices in both the Music
Educators’ National Conference and the Music
Teachers’ National Association.
He served as Chairman of the Commission on
Graduate Studies for the National Association of
Schools of Music, and on the National Commission
on Graduate Studies for the National Schools of
Music, and on the National Commission for
Accreditation of Teacher Education and Welfare,
and the North Central Association of Colleges
He was a field reader for music projects for the
Department of Health Education and Welfare, and
a member of the Academic Panel for cultural
exchange projects for the United States
Department of State.
He received citations and awards from Phi Mu
Epsilon, Kappa Kappa Psi, Pi Kappa Lambda, Sigma
Alpha Iota, Tau Beta Pi, Phi Lambda Upsilon and
Sigma Xi. The Iowa Bandmaster’s Association
presented him an Honorary Life Membership, and
the Iowa Music Educators Association honored him
with its Distinguished Service Award.
The Bell System awarded him its Silver Baton,
and he held the Honorary Degree of Doctor from
Coe College and a Doctor of Humane Letters from
He was a member of the UI Alumni
Association and the UI Foundation’s Presidents
22 June 2011
D Stanley Hasty - Retired Solo Clarinetist in
Rochester Philharmonic; Professor Emeritus at Eastman School of Music and
Major Teacher Legend - In Memoriam
Rochester, New York USA
9 June 2011
Inventor of the
Reedual Reed Duplicator
- In Memoriam
Clarinetists all over the world have been able to make wonderful, long-lasting reeds for more than 40 years by virtue of the REEDUAL machine, which was produced by a great ally to our craft- George Crossman. George was absolutely dedicated to beautiful clarinet sound.
A tribute by Katheryn Pirtle
George was born in Connecticut in 1931. After playing clarinet in high school, he moved to California where he attended San Jose State and met his first wife, Shon. Following graduation he worked at IBM and for Lockheed Aerospace. He divorced in the early 1960s and moved to Florida to work for a company that built computers for the space program.
A few years later, George met Sol Rabinowitz who had worked in a hardware store and who was a clarinetist and big band musician who had filled in with Benny Goodman’s band. Sol had become motivated to invent a reed machine after seeing that Benny had reeds all over the place and still couldn’t find a reed! In 1963 he patented the Reedual modeled after a key duplicating machine that could accurately copy a reed. In 1986, after the inventor died, George purchased the patent and rights to be able to continue making the dual. Since that time, clarinetists have had a marvelous reed machine made by a dedicated craftsman.
George taught calculus, electronics, and math at Broward Community college. He loved golf, sports, art and music. Besides the clarinet, he played many different types of instruments including accordian, guitar and ukelele and had a wonderful voice. I have been making reeds with the dual for more than 20 years. As with all reeds, I keep about only 20% of the ones I make. However, these reeds last a very long time. I often practice on the same reed for more than three months, and the prize reeds that I set aside often play demanding chamber music concerts for well over a year. In fact, I cannot imagine not being able to make my reeds without this machine!
The most remarkable testimony I can give about the virtue of using the dual was experienced during my first month of making reeds in 1990. At that time, I was preparing to play Beethoven 6 in the orchestra and knew that I needed to have many reed choices. As I had just began making reeds, I felt that I needed a little commercial reed “insurance” just in case I didn’t make enough good reeds of my own. I decided to purchase 20 boxes of reeds. To my surprise, I was unable to find even one reed that I could dedicate to these performances! I played all the rehearsals and concerts on reeds I had just learned to make! The question of whether to make reeds was now closed forever!
Over the years I had many conversations with George. He was always happy to help an loved to talk. My machine has only needed one repair in all of the time I have been using it. I received a call from George last summer. He said that Reedual sales had all been but word-of-mouth and he felt he wanted to find the bes way to reach more young clarinetists. We came up with some great options. A few weeks later he told me he had just gotten a big order from a university, which was exciting news. Little did I know that this would be the last time that I would talk to him.
In the first week of June I started receiving some prank emails from George. I was alerted to this because it appeared that George’s e-mail list was stolen by someone. I decided to call him and tell him what was happening. I only got his answering machine. To my astonishment, on June 10, I got a call from his son Marty, saying that George had died yesterday! I was amazed by these communication events. It was as if George wanted to tell us that he had passed. I felt grateful to have had the honor of receiving his message and decided to make sure that his work continued. Here are anecdotes sent from some of the clarinetists who have used the dual.
21 May 2011
William C Willett -
Clarinet and Saxophone Soloist and Pedagogue; Professor at State University of
New York at Fredonia, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and the Hartt College
of Music - In Memoriam
Hartford, Connecticut USA
William C. Willett passed peacefully into the unknown on
Saturday, May 21, 2011. His wife of 66 years, Louise, and their
children Alani, Joel, Peter, and Janice were at his bedside. He
is survived by his daughter-in-law, Prof. Pat Somers-Willett,
granddaughter, Susan Cline and husband Ernest, and
great-granddaughter, Elizabeth, of Austin, TX; as well as
Wisconsin brothers, Donald and Bruce. He was predeceased by his
son, Mark. He was 90 years of age and still teaching in his home
studio and playing in the Simsbury Community Band and the Valley
Sax Quartet. Dr. Willett was an Emeritus Professor of the Hartt
School of Music, University of Hartford. During his lengthy
tenure, he and Professor Conrad Hemond Jr. of the Engineering
Dept. developed the first Undergraduate program in Musical
Acoustics in the U.S., and initiated the creation of the first
Doctorate degree in Music Education at the U of H. Before coming
to the U of H, Dr. Willett taught at SUNY (Fredonia, NY), from
1947 to 1967, where he established the 1st university major in
saxophone offered in the eastern U.S. It was patterned after the
degree program of the Conservatoire de Musique de Paris. During
his tenure at SUNY, he conducted the orchestra and developed an
outstanding Men’s Chorus and Clarinet Choir. In his later years
in the Hartford area, he established the Little Valley Band,
specializing in Dixieland jazz style.He also started the Greater
Hartford New Horizons Band in 1995; the 75th year of the
founding of the Hartt School of Music. He and his wife, Louise,
were active members of the Unitarian Meeting House in Hartford
for 42 years, where he was Director of Music for 12 years.
Bill’s many students over 45 years of University teaching (many
of whom are performing, teaching, and composing throughout the
U.S.) will miss him, as well as his present students and
musician friends. A memorial service will be held on Sunday,
June 26th at 1:00 PM at The Unitarian Society of Hartford, 50
Bloomfield Avenue in Hartford. The Willett family requests that
memorial donations in Bill’s name be made to the Unitarian
Society of Hartford.
21 May 2011
- Renowned German Clarinet Soloist and Conductor - In Memoriam
Dieter Klöcker is recognized as one of the finest German clarinetists of his
generation. In additional, he is a conductor renowned for his numerous acclaimed
concerts and recordings with the chamber ensemble he founded, Consortium
Classicum. The focus of Klöcker and his group has been music for winds and
strings from the Classical and Romantic periods, with the works of Mozart,
Haydn, and Schubert figuring prominently on their programs, as well as those of
lesser-known figures like Cartellieri, Ries, Reicha, and others. Klöcker has
made numerous recordings -- more than 100 with the Consortium Classicum alone --
and for a variety of labels, including EMI, Orfeo, Novalis, and MD&G. Klöcker
also served as a professor of clarinet for more than 25 years and has authored
many scholarly articles on music.
born in Wuppertal, Germany, on April 13, 1936. As a youth he studied clarinet
with Karl Kroll, then enrolled at the Northwest German Music Academy in Detmold,
where his most important teacher was Jost Michaels. Klöcker played clarinet for
about a decade in various German orchestras before founding Consortium Classicum
in the 1960s. Over the years the ensemble has consisted of about 14 players
drawn from the ranks of Germany's most talented wind and string soloists,
orchestra members, and university professors.
mid-'70s Klöcker and his orchestra had established a reputation as one of the
finest chamber ensembles before the public. Among their earliest acclaimed
recordings was the 1974 EMI release of Haydn's Six Notturni. In the midst of his
early successes Klöcker accepted a professorship in 1975 at the Hochschule für
Musik in Freiburg, where he taught until 2001.
years Klöcker led the Consortium Classicum in numerous concerts throughout
Europe, the Americas, the Far East, and Australia and also turned out numerous
popular recordings. In addition, Klöcker made television appearances with
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Hermann Prey, and Helen Donath, and he wrote a number
of essays on music in the 1990s.
remained active in the new century in both the concert hall and recording
studio. Among his recordings is the 2003 DVD of Cartellieri clarinet and flute
concertos on MD&G. Several of Klöcker's earliest EMI recordings have been
released by the CPO label, among them the 2006 (originally 1974) Mozart Clarinet
Quintet, K. 581, and Stadler Trio for three bassett horns.
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