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Charles Cushing

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Biography

Charles Cushing (5 December 1905, Oakland, Calif. – 4 April 1982, Alameda, Calif.) was an American composer and conductor.

He earned his BA and MA degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied composition and counterpoint with Charles Koechlin. He then studied at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris with Nadia Boulanger, where he adopted a considerable affinity for the French musical sensibility of post-impressionist composers such as Darius Milhaud, who became a lifelong friend. In addition to works for band, Cushing has written for orchestra, chorus, voice, and instrumental chamber groups.

He then returned to Berkeley as a member of the University of California faculty until his retirement in 1968. Cushing was known not only as a fine composer, but also a remarkable conductor, who directed the concert band at the University of California.

Prof. Cushing was awarded the Legion of Honor by the French government in 1952.


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