The Parnassus Club met on Jan. 10. Amanda Pfenninger has agreed to judge for voice and piano at the Spring auditions. A motion was made to allow $100 for the judges fee and $50 for travel expense. The motion carried.
Betty Erickson gave the program on Aaron Copeland. Copland was born on Nov. 14, 1900 and died in 1952. He was the youngest of five children. His mother was considered to be very musical. At age 15 he attended a Paderewski concert which led him into the desire to compose music. He lived for three years in Paris studying, becoming familiar with new music. He moved back to New York. He was given two Guggenheim awards which gave him freedom to compose as he pleased. During the decade of the 40’s Copland experienced his most prolific composing. In 1954 Rodges and Hammerstein commissioned Copland to compose music for an Opera called “The Tender Land.” He composed music for Opera, movies and orchestral compositions.