1906 – Composer Arthur Kreutz Born

On this date composer, conductor and violinist, Arthur Kreutz, was born in Wisconsin. He began violin studies when he was seven, with his father, a violinist in the St. Paul Symphony. Kreutz attended the University of Wisconsin, majoring in Chemical Engineering. After several European Jazz tours, he returned to the University of Wisconsin in the mid 1930s to study violin and composition. He received a master of arts degree in music education from Columbia University in 1940. Kreutz began his teaching career in the Madison, Wisconsin public school system where he also conducted the Madison Federal Symphony. His early compositions brought him distinguished honors, among them the 1940 Prix de Rome in composition and a Guggenheim Fellowship (1944-46). In 1952, Kreutz joined the music faculty of the University of Mississippi and after his retirement he continued to reside in Oxford. Jazz was the primary influence in his compositions. [Source: ]