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(1926 - 2008)

Robert Jordahl
D obert Jordahl was born in Iowa in 1926 and died in August 2008. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944-1946, and earned Bachelor of Music (Theory) and Master of Music (Education) degrees at the University of Texas in Austin, and a doctorate in music theory from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester NY.

He began teaching music in public schools and also at Alaska Methodist University. He has held numerous positions as choirmaster and organist and holds a Choirmaster Certificate from the American Guild of Organists. His compositional career began as early as 1965 and continues to this day. Dr. Jordahl's pieces, with many published works, include "Improvisation on 'Veni Creator'," " Hymn Improvisations for the Church Year," much chamber music for winds and piano, "The Temple," four Masses, an opera: "The Remarkable Talking Bird," and two ballets: "The Prospector," written for the Alaska Centennial 1967, and "Evangeline," based on the poem by Henry Longfellow.

Dr. Jordahl was on the faculty of McNeese State University from 1968 until his retirement in April 1999. A concert of his music was presented in the F.G. Bulber Auditorium as part of the Spring Faculty Music Series, marking his retirement after 31 years. A variety of music was presented on the program, including "Twelve Miniatures" for piano, "Soliloquies" for harp, "Verses from Ogden Nash" for tenor, horn & piano, "Diptych" for trombone choir, "Glory! Hallelujah!" for choir & piano, and "Psalm 100" for brass quartet.

Previous to his retirement, Dr. Jordahl received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities for work at Dartmouth College and the University of Kansas.

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