Howard B. Waltz
The Waltz Music Library was dedicated to the memory of the late Professor Emeritus Howard B. Waltz on Tuesday, 10 September 2002. The program, held in the Grusin Music Hall, included remarks by the School of Music's Dean Daniel Sher, Libraries' Dean James Williams, Provost Philip DiStefano and Music Professor Emeritus William Kearns. It also featured a performance of Debussy's Petite Suite performed by keyboard professors Andrew Cooperstock and David Korevaar. A plaque in Waltz's memory has been placed at the Music Library entrance.
Howard Bryant Waltz was born on March 29, 1913, in Arcadia, Indiana, the son of Peter D. Waltz and Ora Bryant. He was the youngest of five children. Mr. Waltz grew up in a small Midwestern town in the twenties that he has said was idyllic and timeless. He began his love for music at an early age. He played trombone, piano and pump-organ in a town band, Methodist church, school chorus and orchestra. His best friend was his first cousin, Ramona Wilson (later Keummich) who also shared his joy of music.
He graduated from DePauw University and University of Wisconsin, Madison with a Masters in Music. He also studied at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago and Ecole des Beaux Arts, Fontainebleau, France. He studied piano with Robert Casadesus and took classes with Nadia Boulanger and Paul Bazelaire.
Mr. Waltz taught at the Pillsbury Academy in Owatonna, Minnesota, from 1937-1938; DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana, 1939-1942; University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, 1942-1975. At the University of Colorado he was an inspired teacher of piano, helped develop the music library, collaborated on the development of the music history department, graduate courses and doctoral programs.
Waltz was one of the most highly respected and beloved members of the Colorado State Music Teachers Association, and was active as a clinician, adjudicator and performer. Waltz studied with Rudolph Reuter, Rosina Lhevine and Robert Casadesus.
He composed songs, sonatas, orchestrations, and also major scores for the dance department under the leadership of his colleague and friend, Charlotte Irey. He performed a wide range of keyboard and chamber literature. After his cousin, Ramona Keummich moved to Boulder in 1946, the two explored the large and varied repertoire for one piano, four hands. He was also a very active and influential member of the Colorado State Music Teachers Association. He also wrote many music reviews for the CSMTA Newsletter and the Boulder Daily Camera. He retired in 1975 after 32 years of teaching piano, pedagogy and music literature.
Howard Waltz died a beloved teacher, colleague, and mentor, on April 2, 2000, in Boulder, Colorado.