Henry Schoenfeld

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Henry Schoenfeld, also spelled Henry Schoenefeld, (October 4, 1857 in Milwaukee – August 4, 1936 in Los Angeles) was an American composer.

Schoenfeld studied in Germany at the Weimar Conservatory. He settled in Chicago in 1879, when he began conducting Germania Männerchor that year[1] and a mixed choir there from 1891 to 1902. In 1904, he again became a choir master and conducted the Woman's Symphony Orchestra in Los Angeles.

His compositions included two operas, a Rural Symphony, a suite on Indian themes for strings, and two Indian legends, as well as numerous pieces for piano.

Schoenfeld taught at UCLA and many of his students, such as Roy Harris, went on to have successful careers.


  1. ^ Bomberger, E. Douglas (2002). "A Tidal Wave of Encouragement": American Composers' Concerts in the Gilded Age. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 226–. ISBN 9780275974466. Retrieved 15 March 2014.