Livingston, Carolyn 1936-

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Livingston, Carolyn 1936-


Born January 7, 1936, in Cookeville, TN; daughter of Frazier (a director of vocational rehabilitation) and Myrtle (a teacher) Harris; married Frank Warren Medley, June 28, 1955 (marriage ended December 3, 1967); married Jesse B. Livingston, September 1, 1969 (marriage ended January 16, 1993); married Burton Zitkin (an accountant), May 29, 2000; children: (first marriage) Frank W., Jane C., Jennifer Medley Martin; (second marriage) Jeffrey B., Patrick L., Laura Livingston Nuttle. Ethnicity: "Caucasian." Education: Tennessee Technical University, B.S., 1959; University of Florida, M.Ed., 1981, Ph.D., 1986. Religion: Lutheran.


Home—31 Rosemary St., Cranston, RI 02920. Office—Department of Music, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881. E-mail— [email protected]


University of Rhode Island, Kingston, assistant professor, 1987-93, associate professor, 1993- 98, professor of music, 1998—, director of graduate studies in music, 1996-2006. Member of editorial committee, Journal of Research in Music Education and Journal of Historical Research in Music Education.


Charles Faulkner Bryan: His Life and Music, University of Tennessee Press (Knoxville, TN), 2003.

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Carolyn Livingston told CA: "My only published book was produced as a labor of love. I spent twenty-two years, off and on, carrying out the research for this project. I never became tired of my subject, Tennessee's little-known first composer of art music. Bryan, who lived from 1911 to 1955, was a versatile musician who composed, performed, and conducted research on Appalachian music. In addition, he was a gifted writer, speaker, and teacher. I was inspired by the fact that my mother and aunt both studied music with Bryan in the 1930s.

"My next book, edited with my former student Dawn E. Smith, will be a collection of essays written by my graduate students at the University of Rhode Island. It draws on the rich wealth of music history present in this small area of New England, a history that is depicted very little in published writing.

"Although I love teaching very much, I look forward to having time for more writing in retirement. I hope to continue my research in the history of music and music education. I'm an avid reader of fiction and may even try my hand at fiction writing."



Journal of Southern History, August, 2004, Walter B. Bailey, review of Charles Faulkner Bryan: His Life and Music, p. 716.

Music Educators Journal, January, 2005, Patricia Shehan Campbell and Donald E. Peterson, review of Charles Faulkner Bryan, p. 62.

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