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David Van Vactor

Born: May 8, 1906

Death: Mar 24, 1994

Birthplace: Plymouth

Nationality: United States

David Van Vactor

Date of Birth : May 8, 1906
Date of Death : Mar 24, 1994
Birth Place : Plymouth

David Van Vactor was an American composer of contemporary classical music. He was born in Plymouth, Indiana, and received Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from Northwestern University. He studied with Arne Oldberg, Mark Wessel, Ernst Nolte, Leo Sowerby, Paul Dukas, Franz Schmidt, and Arnold Schoenberg. He was the assistant conductor of the Chicago Civic Orchestra and was both the flute section leader and assistant conductor the Kansas City Philharmonic Orchestra from 1943 to 1947. He served as the conductor of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra from 1947 until 1972. He also appeared as guest conductor with the New York Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the orchestras of Rio de Janeiro and Santiago, Chile. He composed well over one hundred major works, including seven symphonies, nine concertos, five large pieces for chorus and orchestra, many orchestral, chamber and vocal works, and four pieces for symphonic band.

Awards Won


  • Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada
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