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Halsey Stevens

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Halsey Stevens


Halsey Stevens (3 December 1908, Scott, N.Y. - 20 January 1989, Long Beach, Calif.) was an American music professor, biographer, and composer of American music.

Stevens was educated at Homer (NY) Academy, Syracuse University, and the University of California, Berkeley, where he studied with Ernest Bloch.

Stevens served as a faculty member at Syracuse University (1935–1937), Dakota Wesleyan University (1937–1941), Bradley University (1941–1946), the University of Redlands (1946), and then at the University of Southern California from 1946 until his retirement in 1976. His notable students there included Houston Bright, Benjamin Lees, and Morten Lauridsen.

Stevens received numerous commission and had a long list of awards and honors, include two Guggenheim Fellowships. wrote extensively for orchestra, various chamber groups, keyboard and chorus. In addition to his compositions, he is the author of a biography of Bela Bartok.

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