Charles Cushing

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Charles Cook Cushing (1905-1982) was an American composer, band director, and professor of music.


Charles Cushing, a native Californian, studied at the University of California, Berkeley. Encouraged by visiting French Composer Charles Koechlin during the summers of 1928 and 1929, he received his Bachelor's degree in 1928 and Master's in 1929. He won the George Ladd Prix de Paris prize, allowing him to study with Nadia Boulanger at the École Normale de Musique in Paris for two years.

Began teaching music at the University of California, Berkeley in 1931. Served as the Director of the Cal Band in from 1934 to 1952. Taught as a full professor from 1948 through 1968.

Friend of Igor Stravinsky. Notable students include Jonathan Elkus, Roger Nixon and Loren Rush.

Selected works[edit]

  • Angel Camp for Band (1952)
  • Cereus, Poem for Orchestra (1959)
  • Divertimento for String Orchestra
  • Piece for Clarinet and Piano
  • Pas de Deux
  • Petite Suite for symphonic Band (Composer: Béla Bartók Arranger: Charles Cushing)

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