Donald Voorhees

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For the U.S. federal judge (1916–1989), see Donald S. Voorhees.
Voorhees conducting for The Telephone Hour.

Donald Voorhees (July 26, 1903, Allentown, Pennsylvania–January 10, 1989, Cape May Court House, New Jersey) was an American composer and conductor who received an Emmy Award nomination for "Individual Achievements in Music" for his work on the television series, The Bell Telephone Hour.


Starting in 1926, Voorhees' orchestra recorded prolifically for Columbia, Edison, Pathe, Perfect, Cameo, and Hit of the Week through 1931, when (apparently) he disbanded.

From 1935 to 1941, and from 1949 to 1953 (with Ardon Cornwell), Voorhees was the musical director and conductor for the radio and television show, Cavalcade of America.[1]

Voorhees also served as conductor of the Bell Telephone Hour orchestra for 26 years, from its first broadcasts on radio in 1942 until its final television episode in 1968.[2] He was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1966 for "Individual Achievements in Music" for his work on the series.[3]

He was also the first conductor of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra. Voorhees served as conductor and musical director of the orchestra from its inception in 1951 until 1983.[4]


  1. ^ "Cavalcade of America Log". Retrieved 2007-05-29. 
  2. ^ "Donald Voorhees - Biography". Retrieved 2007-05-29. 
  3. ^ "Donald Voorhees - Awards". Retrieved 2007-05-29. 
  4. ^ "About the ASO". Retrieved 2007-05-27. 

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