William Grossman (1947-2010), received two degrees in computer science from MIT, S.B. (1969) and M.S. (1971). He was active as a pianist, French hornist, conductor and arranger in the MIT Symphony Orchestra, Concert Band, Festival Jazz Ensemble and the Musical Theater Guild. After studies at the Manhattan School of Music and New England Conservatory, he became a well regarded conductor, arranger, editor and rehearsal pianist for Broadway Theater productions in New York. He also was involved with training of orchestral conductors at The American Symphony Orchestra League’s conducting seminars.
John D. Corley (1919-2000) was founding Director and Conductor of the MIT Concert Band from 1948 to 1999, and conductor of the MIT Symphony Orchestra from 1955 to 1965. He was a leader among conductors dedicated to performing music originally written for the concert band, giving Boston premieres of works by Copland, Hindemith, Schoenberg, and others. A strong advocate for contemporary composers, over 50 new works were commissioned by him for the MIT Concert Band. He had been a member of the Boston Brass Quartet, and was an active freelance trumpet player. During World War II he served in the U.S. Army as Band Leader in Iceland. From 1973 to 1980, he conducted the Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble, and was Director of Music for the Brookline Massachusetts Public Schools from 1956 to 1973. He also founded and directed the Boston Brass Ensemble.
Assisting with interview, 12/10/1999:
Frederick Harris, Jr. has been the Music Director of the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble and the MIT Wind Ensemble since fall of 1999. He was a student of noted jazz drummer Alan Dawson. Herb Pomeroy was guest conductor of the FJE in 2000, 2003 and 2005. Beginning in 2008, the band has held an annual Herb Pomeroy memorial concert.
Claude Brenner (1928-2015) received two degrees in aeronautical engineering from MIT, a B.S. in 1947 and a M.S. in 1948. During his student years, he sang in the MIT Glee Club under three different music directors, and joined the MIT Logarhythms shortly after it had started. Among his other student activities, he was editor of the student newspaper The Tech. He was President of the board of directors for the New Orchestra of Boston. Mr. Brenner was chair of visiting committees for the MIT Department of Humanities and the Music Section. Since 1995 he was a member of the Council for the Arts at MIT. Professionally he worked in the aeronautics and defense industries and was President of Commonwealth Energy Group Ltd.
Dante Anzolini (b. 1959) was Associate Professor of Music at MIT 1998–2006, and conductor of the MIT Symphony and Chamber Orchestras. Currently, he is Music Director of the Orchestra of the Teatro Argentino Opera Theater, in La Plata, Argentina, and Principal Guest Conductor of the Linz Theater in Linz, Austria. In April 2008, and again in November 2011, he conducted the Metropolitan Opera in Philip Glass’s opera Satyagraha. Along with performing standard symphonic and operatic repertoire, he is an advocate for contemporary music, and has a special interest in the works of Charles Ives.
John Bavicchi (1922-2013), composer, conductor and Professor of Music at the Berklee College of Music 1964-2013. He attended MIT 1940-1942, enrolled in course XV (business and engineering), and sang in the MIT Glee Club. After a brief engineering career, he studied composition with Carl McKinley, Francis Judd Cooke and Walter Piston. His output includes orchestral, choral, piano and chamber music, and concert band music, written for John Corley (director of the MIT Concert Band, 1949–1999). He was an active conductor, notably directing the Arlington-Belmont Chorale for 44 years.
Assisting with interviews, 6/30/2006 and 9/1/2006:
Thomas J. McGah (b. 1938) is a composer and has been professor of music at the Berklee College of Music since 1973. His music includes works for orchestra, concert band, as well as vocal and chamber music.