Pond, (Harry) Donald
- Peter Danner
(b Leyton, UK, Oct 14, 1906; d Santa Barbara, CA, Aug 21, 1983). English music educator and composer. He trained as a chorister, studied with Gustav Holst, and worked at Dartington Hall School before immigrating to New York City in 1934, where he co-founded the Children’s Theater Arts Workshop and served as music director to the Federal Dance Theatre. Through experience at New York’s progressive Dalton School, he met Leopold Stokowski, who was advising the Pillsbury Foundation on a large arts endowment in California. Stokowski suggested establishing a nursery school to study the musicality of young children and recommended Pond, together with Gladys Moorhead (1893–1976), as directors. The Pillsbury Foundation School opened in Santa Barbara, California in 1937. In copious notes, Pond recorded his observations of innate musical ability expressed spontaneously by young children in free play. The work of Pond and Moorhead was among the first major studies of formal early childhood music education in the United States and was published by the Pillsbury Foundation. Pond’s papers and music are held by Special Collections of Music, University of Maryland, College Park....