Whittaker, Howard, American composer and music educator; b. Lakewood, Ohio, Dec. 19, 1922. He studied with Herbert Elwell in Cleveland, and in 1948 was appointed director of the Cleveland Music School Settlement. In most of his works he applies modified serial procedures, but refuses to abandon tonality. Among his compositions are a Piano Concerto, 2 Murals for Orch. (Cleveland, March 31, 1960), chamber music, organ pieces, and songs.
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