- Yvar Mikhashoff
(b Loveland, CO, Nov 30, 1922; d Tacoma Park, MD, Feb 3, 1975). American composer and writer on music. From 1941 to 1947 he studied with Roy Harris in Colorado Springs; he then served as chairman of the music department of the Washington (DC) Institute of Contemporary Arts, a position he held until 1950. He attended the Juilliard School, 1951–2, where he studied composition with Persichetti and choral conducting with Hillis. He returned to Washington, DC, where he remained until his death; his involvement with musical life there led to commissions from the Pan-American Union, the National SO, Georgetown University, and the Composer’s Forum for Catholic Worship. An estimable writer as well as composer, he was book editor and music critic for the New Republic, 1952–68, and editor of the “Arts and Letters” section of the Atlantic Monthly, 1968–9. He was also contributing critic of books and music for the ...