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Pazmor, Radiana [Pasmore, Harriet Horn ]locked

  • John A. Emerson
  • , revised by Christopher E. Mehrens

(b San Francisco, CA, May 12, 1892; d Sonoma, CA, Jan 25, 1986). American Contralto, teacher, and music therapist. After attending the University of California, Berkeley (BA, French, 1914), she taught piano and then voice at Pomona College in Claremont, California (1914–20). After study and concert performances in Europe (1920–25) she returned to the United States and performed and taught privately in New York (1925–35) and Hollywood, California (1936–40). During the 1930s Pazmor was noted for her performances of contemporary American art songs. Her programs regularly included works by Charles Ives, Henry Cowell, Carl Ruggles, John Cage, Ernst Bacon, Ruth Crawford, Roger Sessions, Lou Harrison, Aaron Copland, and William Grant Still. She gave recitals for organizations such as the League of Composers and the Pan American Association of Composers, and at academic institutions including the New School for Social Research, Columbia University, Princeton University, and Harvard University. She studied music therapy at Boston University (MM 1955) while teaching music at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina (1940–60). From 1960 to 1969 she helped rehabilitate patients with vocal disorders and from 1963 to 1969 served as a visiting music professor at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, North Carolina. She retired in 1969, and after sustaining injuries in an automobile accident in 1970 she moved to Sonoma, California. Throughout her concert career Pazmor was lauded for her exceptional dramatic sense, articulation, diction, and tone quality, her ability to sing difficult music with apparent ease, and her gift of ironic humor. Tall and striking in appearance, she was known for her magnetic personality and her poise on stage.

Some of Pazmor’s correspondence, programs, music, and memorabilia are held in the Mickel Library at Converse College; other correspondence is held in the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library at Yale University and the music divisions of the Library of Congress and the New York Public Library at Lincoln Center.

Bibliography

  • C. Lengyel, ed.: Early Master Teachers (San Francisco, 1940), 65–66
  • J. Rodriguez, ed.: Music and Dance in California (Hollywood, CA, 1940), 411–12
  • L. Kibler: The History of Converse College (Spartanburg, SC, 1973), 376, 381–82
  • R. Mead: Henry Cowell’s New Music, 1925–1936 (Ann Arbor, MI, 1981), 127, 242–46, 255, 280, 319–320, 357, 363, 430
  • N. Lindley: Singer Radiana Pazmor and American Music: the Performer as Advocate (diss., U. of Maryland, College Park, 1993)