Dixon, James, American conductor; b. Estherville, Iowa, April 26, 1928. He studied at (B.M., 1952; M.M., 1956). the Univ. of Iowa He was conductor of the U.S. 7th Army Sym. Orch. in Germany (1951–54), the Univ. of Iowa Sym. Orch. in Iowa City (1954–59), and the New England Cons, of Music in Boston (1959–61). In 1962 he returned to the Univ. of Iowa Sym. Orch. as conductor; from 1965 he also served as conductor of the Tri-City Sym. Orch. in Davenport, Iowa, and Rock Island, 111. In addition, he was assoc. conductor of the Minneapolis Sym. Orch. (1961–62). He was the recipient of the Gustav Mahler Medal in 1963.
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