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Remembering Melvin Strauss, Cornish President 1975-85

Remembering Melvin Strauss, Cornish President 1975-85

: Melvin Strauss. Photo by Courtesy Cornish College of the Arts Archives.

Cornish College of the Arts honors the passing of Melvin Strauss, who served as the College’s President from 1975 to 1985. During his tenure, Cornish received accreditation as a college.

Mr. Strauss was born on March 30, 1929 in Newark, NJ. He attended the Julliard School of Music. He received a MA degree from New York University and a BA degree from Rutgers University. At the Tanglewood Music Center, he worked with Leonard Bernstein, received a Fromm Fellowship in Contemporary Music and the coveted Koussevitsky Conducting Prize from the Boston Symphony. He was a Professor Emeritus at Wesleyan University, and a tenured Professor at Rutgers, SUNY at Buffalo, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Mel was the Associate Conductor of the Buffalo Philarmonic Orchestra and a guest conductor for the Seattle Symphony and Wenatchee Valley Symphony. He also was the music director and co-founder of the Orquesta Filarmonica de Bogot, Columbia where he had the honor of performing for the Pope.

We offer our condolences to Mr. Strauss’ family and friends.


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