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composer , Music educator , author

Frank Pascale Tirro, music educator, composer, writer. Recipient Standard Composer award American Society Composers, Authors and Publications, 1966, 99, 2000-2005, Gustavus Fine Arts medal, 1988, Duke Ellington Fellow medal, 1989, Distinguished Alumnus award, University Nebraska, 2006; travel grantee American Council Learned Societies, 1967; research grantee Duke University, 1978; named to Omaha Central High School Hall of Fame, 2002.


Tirro, Frank Pascale was born on September 20, 1935 in Omaha. Son of Frank and Mary Carmela (Spensieri) Tirro.


Biomedical Engineering, University Nebraska, 1960. M.M., Northwestern University, 1961. Doctor of Philosophy, University Chicago, 1974.


Chairman laboratory school University Chicago, Illinois, 1961—1970. Fellow of Villa I Tatti Harvard University, Florence, Italy, 1971—1972. Lecturer University Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 1972—1973.

Assistant professor music Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 1973—1974. Director Southeastern Institute Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 1978—1980. Chairman, associate professor music Duke University, 1973—1980.

Professor Yale University, New Haven, 1980—2010, dean, 1980—1989. Reader, consultant several university presses. Jurist Parisot International Cello Competition, Sao Paolo, Brazil, 1981, advisory board University Nebraska Hixson-Lied Foundation, since 2008.


  • E-mail: frank.tirro@yale.edu.



Board directors New Haven Symphony, 1980-1989, Neighborhood Music School, New Haven, 1982-1989, Chamber Orchestra New England, 1980-1982, Center for Black Music Research, 1985-1991. Member American Musicol. Society (council 1978-1980), College Music Society (council 1980-1982, member executive board 1984-1986), National Association Schools of Music, International Society Jazz Research, Renaissance Society of America, Mory's Club, Yale Club (New York City).


Married Charlene Rae Whitney, August 16, 1961. Children: John Andrew, Cynthia Anne.

Frank Tirro

Mary Carmela (Spensieri) Tirro

Charlene Rae Whitney

John Andrew Tirro

Cynthia Anne Tirro