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Donald Mertz Hardisty

Donald Mertz Hardisty, entrepreneur, retired music educator. Certified teacher Montana, Arizona, in bassoon and music theory Music Teachers National Association.


  • Hardisty, Donald Mertz was born on February 24, 1932 in Butte, Montana, United States.

  • Education

    • BME in Music Edn and Theory with honors, University Montana, Missoula, 1955. Master of Music in Education, University Montana, Missoula, 1956. DMA, University Rochester, New York City, 1969.


    • Instructor, bassoon and theory University Arizona, Tucson. Associate director, choral activities & principal bassoonist Tucson Symphony, 1969—1998. Director bands California State University, Chico.

      Associate professor New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, 1969-1979, professor music, chairman theory and graduate music education, 1979-1994, professor emeritus, since 1994. Owner Don's Collectibles, Las Cruces, New Mexico, since 1968. Guest conductor and clinician, author, composer in music.

      With United States Army, 1956-1958.

    Major achievements

    • Certified teacher Montana, Arizona, in bassoon and music theory Music Teachers National Association.


    • Restoration artist for Bossons (Congleton, England) and Hummel artware. Owner Don's Collectibles, Las Cruces.


    Represented in Baptist churches are equally diverse worship styles, cultural mores and approaches to Scriptural interpretation. The resulting challenges and opportunities have made the believers stronger —through fellowship, respect, mutual support and dialog, all based on a belief that unity in Christ involves growth and understanding.

    Party affiliation: Republican


    People need not just to accept but also to grow in relationship with God. God's grace and love constantly prompts and seeks to transform people, and so they should continually seek and pray to grow in holiness and love.

    Denomination: Baptist


    Just as a human body contains different limbs and organs that depend on each other, so members of a Christian society should be close and caring enough to feel each other's pain and delight.


    Member Association of Composers and Publications of America, Music Teachers National Association, Music Educators National Conference, International Double Reed Society, Association Concert Bands of America and Abroad Inc. (past president, executive secretary, treasurer 1987-1992), American Numismatic Association, International Bossons Collectors Society (charter, guest lecturer annual meetings), M. I. Hummel Club.


    • Married Barbara B. Hardisty. Children Donald W., Douglas L.
    • spouse: Barbara B. Hardisty
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    Born February 24, 1932
    • 1955
      University Montana
    • 1956
      University Montana
    • 1969
      University Rochester
    • 1969 - 1979
      associate, professor New Mexico State University
      Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States
    • 1969 - 1998
      associate, director
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