Will Ogdon



WILL OGDON was born in Redlands, California in April 1921. He and his family left Southern California three years later, living first in Illinois and then in Wisconsin. He received his B.A. in music from the University of Wisconsin in 1942. After three and a half years of service in the Army during the second World War, Ogdon began graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin and then at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota where he studied composition and related subjects with Ernst Krenek, receiving his M.A. degree in 1947. Doctoral studies in musicology with Manfred Bukofzer and composition with Roger Sessions followed a three year teaching tenure at the University of Texas. Unhappy with Bukofzer's insistence that he concentrate solely on musicology, Ogdon transferred to Indiana University. A Fulbright grant to Paris, where Ogdon studied composition with René Leibowitz, interrupted his Indiana studies but he completed a Ph.D. in music theory with minors in composition and art history in 1953. Ogdon spent nine years at Wesleyan University, teaching composition and diverse other subjects, interrupted by a two year stint as music director of the Pacifica Foundation's radio station, KPFA. After a year as Media Director of Music Programming at the University of Illinois, Ogdon became the founding Chair of the new music department at the University of California, San Diego in 1966 and retired in 1991. Since retirement, Ogdon has concentrated on composing.

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