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composer , educator.

Samuel Thomas Beversdorf, American composer, educator. Recipient Distinguished. Served with United States Army Air Force, World World War World War II; Served to Music award Texas Federation Music; Member American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (Special award 1965-1979), American Federation Musicians, American Association of University Professors, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Pi Kappa Lambda.; Club:.

Background

Beversdorf, Samuel Thomas was born on August 8, 1924 in Yoakum, Texas, United States. Son of Samuel T. and Estelle M. (Hamblen) Beversdorf.

Education

Bachelor of Music cum laude (Hoblitzel fellow), University Texas, 1945. Master of Music, Eastman School Music, U. Rochester (New York), 1946, Doctor Museum Arts (Danforth fellow), 1959.

Career

First trombonist Houston Symphony Orchestra, 1946-1948, resident composer, 1946-1948. Instructor music composition U. Houston, 1946-1948. Bass trombonist Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, 1948-1949.

Faculty School Music, Indiana U., Bloomington, 1951-1981, professor music composition, 1964-1981. Composer-in-residence, guest professor Bucknell U., Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, 1970-1971. Guest conductor Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, 1951, Houston Symphony Orchestra, 1951, Eastman-Rochester Summer Symphony Orchestra, 1957.

World premieres include: Christmas Sonata for horn and piano, Eastman School Music, 1946, Symphony Northern 1, Eastman-Rochester Symphony Orchestra, New York, 1946, Reflections for small orchestra, Houston Symphonette, 1950, Suite on Baroque Themes for clarinet, violincello and piano, U. Houston, 1948, Mexican Portrait, Houston Symphony, 1948, Concerto Grosso, Pittsburgh Symphony, 1951, Quartet Northern 1, Berkshire Quartet, Bloomington, Indiana, 1952, Symphony for Winds and Percussion, Indiana U. Wind Ensemble, 1954, Quartet Northern 2, Berkshire Quartet, Bloomington, 1956, Symphony Northern 3 for Orchestra, Indiana U. Philharmonic Orchestra, 1958, Serenade for small orchestra, University Texas, 1956, Sonata for Tuba and Piano, Oregon U., 1956, Serenade for Winds and Percussion, Eastman Wind Ensemble, Rochester, 1958, The Rock (Oratorio), Bloomington, 1958, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Eastman-Rochester Symphony, 1957, Symphony Northern 4, Indiana U. Philharmonic Orchestra, 1960, Variations for Piano, Canadian Broadcasting Company, 1959, Sonata for Trumpet and Piano, Indiana U., 1962, Variations for Orchestra, Indiana U. Orchestra, 1963, Sonata for Violin and Piano, Festival of America Music, Rochester, 1964, Sonata for Flute and Piano, Pan American Festival Contemporary Music, 1965, Generation with the Torch, Bayreuth, Germany, 1965, Divertimento da Camera for flute, oboe, double bass, harpsichord, Hanover College, 1968, Sonata for Violincello and Piano, San Francisco Jewish Community Center, 1970. Works commissioned; Houston Symphony Orchestra, 1953, Indiana U., 1967, Cincinnati Symphony, 1953, Teltschik duo Pianists, 1951, Variations for Piano, B. Borzormenyi-Nagy, 1959, Houston Youth Orchestra, 1964, Bucknell U., 1970, Concerto for Tuba, Harvey Phillips, 1975, Sonata for Violin and Harp, Jacques Israelievitch, 1975.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author-librettist The Rock, 1956. (operas) The Hooligan, 1964, The Metamorphosis, 1968. Transcribed various 18th Century mus. compositions for trombone and piano.

Membership

Served with United States Army Air Force, World World War World War II. Served to Music award Texas Federation Music. Member American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (Special award 1965-1979), American Federation Musicians, American Association of University Professors, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Pi Kappa Lambda.

Connections

Married Norma Iris Beeson, June 26, 1945. Children: Anne Elizabeth, Paula Lynn Gabbard, Sarah Katherine, Samuel Thomas III, David Quentin.

father:
Samuel T. Beversdorf

mother:
Estelle M. (Hamblen) Beversdorf

spouse:
Norma Iris Beeson

children:
Anne Elizabeth Beversdorf

Paula Lynn Gabbard Beversdorf

Sarah Katherine Beversdorf

Samuel Thomas III Beversdorf

David Quentin Beversdorf