Kroeger, Karl, American musicologist, teacher, and composer; b. Louisville, Ky, April 13, 1932. He studied with Claude Almand and George Perle (composition) at the Univ. of Louisville (B.M., 1954; M.M., 1959) and with Binkerd (composition) and Plamenac (musicology) at the Univ. of 111. (M.S., 1961), before completing his education with Janet Knapp (musicology) at Brown Univ. (Ph.D., 1976). He was curator of the Americana Collection in the Music Division of the N.Y. Public Library (1962–64). Kroeger was composer-in- residence of the Eugene (Ore.) public schools (1964–67). He taught at Ohio Univ. (1967–68) and Moorhead (Minn.) State Coll. (1971–72), and then at Wake Forest Univ. in Winston-Salem, N.C., where he was also director of the Moravian Music Foundation (1972–80). In 1980-81 he taught at the Univ. of Keele in England. From 1982 to 1994 he was a prof, at the Univ. of Colo, in Boulder, where he was made prof, emeritus.
Ed. with H. Nathan, The Complete Works of William Billings (4 vols., Charlottesville, Va., 1977-90); ed. Catalog of the Musical Works of William Billings (Westport, Conn., 1991); ed. American Fuging Tunes, 1770-1820: A Descriptive Catalog (Westport, Conn., 1994); ed. The Collected Works of Daniel Read (Music of the United States of America, Vol. 4, Madison, Wise, 1995); general ed., Music of the New American Nation (15 vols., N.Y., 1995-99); ed. Early American Anthems (2 vols., Madison, Wise, 2000).
orch.: 2 sinfoniettas (1958, 1965); 2 chamber concertos: No. 1 for Oboe and Strings (1961; rev. 1990) and No. 2 for Clarinet and Strings (1996); Dramatic Overture (1964); 4 suites (1965, 1966, 1967, 1968); Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Winds (1982); band music. chamber: 3 string quartets (1960, 1966, 1998); 4 canzonas for Brass Sextet (1961, 1966, 1967, 1988); Partita for Brass Quintet (1963); Toccata for Clarinet, Trombone, and Percussion (1968); Fantasy for Brass Quartet (1969); Sonata for Trombone Quartet (1978); Suite for Oboe and Harp (1979); Parataxis for Flute and Percussion (1989); Banchetto Musicale for Saxophone Ensemble (1993); Cello Sonata (1996); Brass Quintet (1998); Woodwind Quintet (1998); Woodwind Trio (1999); piano pieces; organ music. vocal: Choral works; anthems; songs.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire