Howard Whitaker, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Music (Composition, Music Theory)
On Faculty since 1972

Phone: (630)752-5840


Ph.D., University of Chicago

About Howard Whitaker

Howard Whitaker has studied composition with Ralph Shapely, Roger Sessions, and Darius Milhaud and holds degrees from Wheaton College, the University of Colorado, and the University of Chicago. He has received grants, awards, and commissions from the Rockefeller Foundation, the Aldeen Fund, the University of Chicago, the Aspen School, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Bay Chamber Symphony (San Francisco), the Calvin Institute, and others. Dr. Whitaker's Variations for Orchestra has been performed by the Indianapolis Symphony; Prayers of Habakkuk was recorded by the Warsaw Philharmonic and Chorus in 1994, and his Quartet for Flutes was runner-up in the National Flute Association's competition for best new publication in 1998 and was recorded in 1999. Dr. Whitaker has recently worked in electronic media, studied and taught improvisation extensively, and has written more than seventy jazz tunes. Also active in church music, Dr. Whitaker's choral works have been published by SMP, Harold Flammer, Shawnee Press, and Augsburg.

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