Himie Voxman


Himie was born September 17, 1912, in the coal mining community of Centerville, Iowa, the fourth of the five children of Morris and Mollie Tzipanuk Voxman, Russian Jewish immigrants. Himie?s distinguished musical career began at the age of 13 when he took up the clarinet under the guidance of William Gower, Sr., the Centerville band director. In later years, he studied with Gustave Langenus, former principal clarinetist of the New York Philharmonic. In 1929, Himie enrolled in the University of Iowa chemical engineering program. During this time, he continued his study of the clarinet, playing in the University band and symphony orchestra and giving private clarinet lessons to pay for his education. In 1933, he received a Bachelor of Science degree with High Distinction in Chemical Engineering and then began graduate work in the psychology of music under the direction of the renowned psychology professor, Carl E. Seashore. After completing the Master of Arts degree in this area, Himie taught music in the Iowa City public schools, where he met and married Lois Wilcox, an accomplished violinist and string instrument teacher. In 1939, Himie joined the faculty of the University of Iowa School of Music and subsequently served as its Director from 1954 until his retirement in 1980. Himie is undoubtedly best known throughout the United States and Europe for his innumerable music publications, selling millions of volumes in the past 60 years. For decades, his compilations and editions have formed the standard texts for aspiring and advanced wind musicians. His long-term archival research in European libraries has brought to light an extensive, invaluable list of previously unpublished 18th and 19th century wind solo and chamber works, serving as the basis for many of his widely-used publications. Himie continued mentoring students, performing as first clarinetist in the Iowa City Community Band, and playing duets, trios and quartets with his friends, former students, and sons until his late 90?s. His last published work was completed when he was 93.



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