Maddy, Joe (actually, Joseph Edgar)

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Maddy, Joe (actually, Joseph Edgar)

Maddy, Joe (actually, Joseph Edgar), American music educator and conductor; b. Wellington, Kans., Oct. 14, 1891; d. Traverse City, Mich., April 18, 1966. He received training in violin and clarinet in his youth, and then studied at Bethany Coll., Wichita Coll., and the Columbia School of Music in Chicago. He was a member of the Minneapolis Sym. Orch. (1909–14) and St. Paul Sym. Orch. (1914–18). Maddy was supervisor of instrumental music in the public schools of Rochester, N.Y. (1918–20), and Richmond, Ind. (1920–24), and instructor of public school methods at Earlham Coll. (1922–24). In 1924 he was appointed to the faculty of the Univ. of Mich, as a prof. of music education; in 1926 he founded and conducted the National H.S. Orch., for which he established, with T.P. Giddings, the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Mich., in 1928. In 1962 it became a private high school as the Interlochen Arts Academy.


N. Browning, J. M. of Interlochen (Chicago, 1963).

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