Avshalomov, Jacob (David)
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(b Qingdao, China, March 28, 1919; d Portland, OR, April 25, 2013). American composer, son of Aaron Avshalomov. After emigrating to the USA in 1937, he studied in Los Angeles with Ernst Toch, at the Eastman School of Music (MA 1942) with Bernard Rogers, among others, and at Tanglewood with Aaron Copland (1947). From 1946 to 1954 he taught at Columbia University, where he conducted the university chorus and orchestra in the American premières of Bruckner’s Mass in D minor, Tippett’s A Child of our Time and Handel’s The Triumph of Time and Truth. In 1954 he began a 41-year tenure as conductor of the Portland (Oregon) Junior SO (later the Portland Youth PO), the country’s first student orchestra. A number of recordings, six international tours, and praise from New York and European audiences followed. In 1968 President Lyndon Johnson appointed him to the National Council of the Humanities. He also served on the committees of the NEA’s Music Planning Section (...