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Joseph Edgar Maddy, musician. Awarded citation and honorable mention in nat. competition, Ednl. Radio Program, Columbus, Ohio, 1936; American Education award, Exhibitors Association National Education Association, 1959. Member Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, 1909-1914.


Maddy, Joseph Edgar was born on October 14, 1891 in Wellington, Kansas, United States. Son of William Henry and Mary Elizabeth (Harrington) Maddy.


Student Bethany College, Lindsborg, Kansas, 1906-1907, Wichita College of Music, 1907-1908. Honorary Doctor of Music, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, 1930, U. Rochester, 1959, Baldwin-Wallace College, 1960, University of Michigan, 1964, Earlham College, 1965. Doctor of Laws, Franklin College, 1964.

Doctor of Fine Arts, Hillsdale College, 1964.


Member Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, 1909-1914. Director Wichita Falls (Texas) College of Music, 1915-1917. Teacher wind instruments, Metropolitan School of Music, Chicago, 1917-1918.

Supervisor instrumental music, Rochester (New York) public schools, 1918-1920. Supervisor music and director civic music, Richmond, Indiana, 1920-1924. Supervisor of music, Ann Arbor schools, 1924-1927.

Professor music University of Michigan since 1924. Founded 1928, since president, mus. director National Music Camp, Interlochen, Michigan. Founder, president Inlochen Arts Academy, 1962.

Founder, president Interlochen Press, since 1957. Organized and conducted 1st nat. high school orchestra, Detroit, 1926. Organized 2d nat. high school orchestra for convention of school supts., Dallas, 1927.

Has since organized several similiar groups. Chairman commission on instrumental affairs in charge of development of school band and orchestra contests in the United States, Music Education National Conference, 1926-1934. Originated radio music instruction from University of Michigan, teaching band and orchestra instruments and singing, 1931.

Conducted music lessons over N.B.C., 1935-1939. Became chairman Michigan Commission Radio Education, 1945. Led nat. fight for freedom of educational broadcasts from union controls, 1942.


  • Other Work

    • Composer numerous items, including band, orchestral selections, instrument lessons, choruses, symphonic bands. Contributor to Book of Knowledge, Sat. Evening Post, Coronet, Music Education Journal, Instrumentalist, School Musician.

      Inventor aluminum violin and string bass.


Member Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, 1909-1914. Clubs: Michigan Union, Faculty.


Married Fay Pettit, April 25, 1938. Children (by previous marriage): Marian, Jeanne, Richard.

William Henry Maddy

Mary Elizabeth (Harrington) Maddy

Fay Pettit