In Memoriam: Dean Witten

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Year: 2019
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A musical homage to the late professor and percussionist from 1979-2018.

- Program Note from Rowan University Wind Ensemble concert program, 2 May 2019

Professor Dean Witten, director of the Percussion Department at Rowan University for 39 years, passed away in the early morning of Friday March 16, 2018.

He held a Master of Music degree from Trinity University and a Bachelor of Music degree, and Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music and was an alumnus of the Boston Latin School.

Professor Witten started teaching at Rowan University back in 1979 when the school was called Glassboro State College, and he was only the second professor of percussion since GSC/Rowan began their music department. His direction grew the percussion program at Rowan to a high stature and reputation, graduating many successful percussion students who are now professional musicians and teachers around the world. His teaching career spanned forty-five years, touching the lives of hundreds of students at Rowan, as well as at Trinity University (Tx.), St. Mary's University (Tx.), the University of San Antonio (Tx.), and Alfred University (N.Y.). During his time at Rowan, he commissioned and premiered 50 new works for percussion ensemble, and 32 of his percussion students won the Rowan University Orchestra's Annual Concerto Competition.

As a performer Dean played percussion in the San Antonio Symphony (Tx.) from 1973 to 78. He also performed all over the world, with an extensive list of celebrities.

- Program Note from Rone Funeral Service obituary


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  • Rowan University (Glassboro, N.J.) Wind Ensemble (Joseph Higgins, conductor) – 7 March 2019 Premiere Performance*

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