- William Strickland (conductor)
He served as guest conductor for the
Cathedral Choral Societyof Washington, D.C.during World War II. He conducted the Nashville Symphonyfor five seasons, from 1946 to 1951, and later conducted the Oratorio Society of New York.
He was noted for his performances and recordings of contemporary works by American composers such as
Samuel Barber, John J. Becker, Jack Beeson, William Bergsma, John Alden Carpenter, Henry Cowell, Norman Dello Joio, Vivian Fine, William Flanagan, Miriam Gideon, Irwin Heilner, Alan Hovhaness, Mary Howe, Charles Ives, Frederick Jacobi, Werner Josten, Homer Keller, Harrison Kerr, Edward MacDowell, Douglas Moore, Horatio Parker, Julia Perry, Walter Piston, Wallingford Riegger, Richard Rodgers, Carl Ruggles, Roger Sessions, Louise Talma, Francis Thorne, Lester Trimble, David Van Vactor, Robert Ward, and Elinor Remick Warren. He also conducted and recorded in Iceland, Norway, Poland, Sweden, and Japan.
He died at his home in
Westport, Connecticutat the age of 77, on November 17, 1991, of lung cancer.
The William Strickland papers are held by the
Tennessee State Library and Archivesin Nashville, Tennessee. In 1991, a bequest from his estate helped to establish the William R. Strickland Commission Endowment Fund, which assists in the sponsorship of new musical compositions. [http://www.arsisaudio.com/cd150N.html]
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