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June 1, 2009

Jon W. Bauman [Frostburg]

FROSTBURG — Jon Ward Bauman, 69, of Frostburg, died Saturday, May 31, 2009 at his residence.

Born June 7, 1939, in Big Rapids, Mich., he was the son of the late Alvin H. and Hilda N. (Nordberg) Bauman.

Dr. Bauman received the Bachelor of Music in composition degree from the University of Colorado where he studied with Cecil Effinger. The Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees were received from the University of Illinois where he studied composition with Robert Kelly and Salvatore Martirano. In 1965, Bauman received a Fulbright Grant to study with Bernd-Alois Zimmermann in Cologne, Germany.

He was a composer of over one hundred musical compositions that have been performed locally, regionally, and internationally. His music includes seven symphonies, an opera, works for string orchestra, chorus and orchestra, choir, wind ensemble, jazz ensemble, musical theater, multimedia, ballet and dance. He wrote numerous chamber music compositions that includes four string quartets, a piano quartet, a piano quintet, a piano trio, a brass quintet, brass quartet, trios, and solo compositions, as well as many arrangements and transcriptions.

He received many commissions including the “Frostburg Overture” for the Arion Band to celebrate its 120th Anniversary, the entire symphony orchestra score for the Civil War music drama, “McNeill’s Rangers” and “Horizons” for string orchestra. The Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra recorded Symphonies No. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7, “Horizons”, “Orchestral Images”, the “Concerto for Viola”, “One Faithful”, “Adagio for Strings”, “Variations on a Fiddler’s Tune” and the “Divertimento” for string orchestra. The Slovak Radio Orchestra recorded “Adagio” for orchestra. The Potomac Highlands Symphony Orchestra recorded the “Overture to McNeill’s Rangers”. The Moyzes String Quartet recorded String Quartets No. 1, 2, 3, and 4. Six compact discs including three orchestral music discs, the string quartets, string chamber music, and woodwind chamber music have been released. “Sonus” for timpani and piano or chamber orchestra, the “Divertimento” for string orchestra, and the “Concerto for Viola” are published. Hal Leonard Publishing Corp. published many arrangements for school string orchestra.

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