Richard Wienhorst

Richard Wienhorst (1920-2010) was born on April 21, 1920, in Seymour, Indiana. There he learned to play the piano and the whole family of wind instruments. Wienhorst pursued his studies further at Valparaiso University where he received the B.A. degree. Joining the army during World War II, Wienhorst served as conductor of the 45th Armored Regiment Band. Afterward, he studied at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago and finally at the Eastman School of Music where he received the Ph.D. degree in composition.

Along the way, Wienhorst also studied at the Écoles d’Art Americaine du Fontainebleau and at the University of Freiburg (in Breisgau), Germany. His teachers included Leo Sowerby, Nadia Boulanger, Bernhard Rogers and Howard Hanson. From 1946 on, Wienhorst served on the faculty of the Music Department of Valparaiso University. In 1996, Valparaiso University conferred an honorary Doctor of Sacred Music degree on him.

Wienhorst’s music has been performed by the Indianapolis Symphony, the Eastman-Rochester Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, Det Norske Solistkor and the Dutch Radio Chorus and Orchestra.

He wrote more than two hundred published (and many more unpublished) works and was the recipient of numerous honors, awards, commissions, and performances across the country.

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