Maurice Whitney

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Maurice Whitney (25 March 1909, Glens Falls, N.Y. – 1 September 1984, Ruskin, Fla.) was an American composer and educator.

Whitney attended Ithaca College and pursued further studies at New York University, Columbia University Teachers College, Westminster College, and the New England Conservatory of Music.

For most of his music career, he was a public school music teacher, beginning as director of music at the Hudson Falls (New York) public schools in 1932. In 1944, he moved to the Glens Falls (New York) city school district, leaving there in 1969 to spend three years as an instructor at the Adirondack Community College.

His work included theory and band texts and those scored for small instrumental ensembles, bands, and choir. Whitney was the director of the Glens Falls Oratorio Society and Operetta Club, and he taught summer sessions at the University of Iowa, the University of Colorado, the Ernest Williams Summer Music Camp, and the New York Music Camp.

Whitney's professional honors include a citation from Ithaca College for outstanding work in music eduction, New York State Teacher of the Year Award, and an honorary doctorate from Elmira college.

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