Mattfeld, Victor Henry

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Mattfeld, Victor Henry

Mattfeld, Victor Henry, American organist, conductor, music editor, and teacher; b. Bunceton, Mo., Sept. 1, 1917. He studied at the Univ. of Chicago (B.A. in psychology, 1942), the American Cons, of Music, Chicago (B.Mus., 1944; M.Mus., 1946, both in organ), and Yale Univ. (Ph.D. in music history, 1960); also studied orch. conducting privately with Malko (1945–47) and choral conducting at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood (summer, 1946). He was active as a church organist and music director in Chicago, N.Y., New Haven, and Boston (1938–63), and also ed. in chief of E.C. Schirmer Music Co. (1956–58) and the lone Press (1963–68). He taught at the American Cons, of Music (1945–47), Yale Univ. (1952–55), and the Mass. Inst. of Technology (1957–66) before becoming associated with N.Y’s Richmond Coll. (1967–76) and Coll. of Staten Island (1976–82). He publ. Georg Rhaw’s Publications for Vespers (1966). He married the musicologist Jacquelyn Mattfeld (b. Baltimore, Oct. 5, 1925); she studied at Goucher Coll. (B.A., 1948) and Yale Univ. (Ph.D., 1959); taught at the Mass. Inst. of Technology (1963–65), Sarah Lawrence Coll. (1965–71), and Brown Univ. (from 1971).

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