Northern California Composers

This finding aid is an ever-updated listing of composers active in Northern California since the 1840s. All names included may be found in dictionaries and directories - both published and unpublished - from 1934 to the present.

Entries give birth dates, death dates and birthplaces - when available - as well as abbreviated citations for additional biographical information. Because some citations are 35 years old or more, death dates are not always included.

For information about Northern California composers on the Internet, see links at individual names.


Search for composer by the first letter of the last name.


  • Adair, James (September 21, 1909-) b. Quincy, IL. Sacramento resident from 1947.
    CAC
  • Adams, John Coolidge (February 15, 1947-) b. Worcester, MA.
    AG B92 CAC VF
  • Aird, Donald (May 24, 1924-) b. Provo, UT.
    CAC
  • Alberto, David (November 12, 1890-) b. San Francisco. Resident of Carmel in the 1940s.
    F2*
  • Allin, Benjamin Casey (November 14, 1886) b. Chicago, IL
    F2*
  • Alrich, Alexis.
  • Ames, William Thayer (March 20, 1901-January 14, 1987) b. Cambridge, MA; d. Fort Bragg, CA. Came to Mendocino in 1965.
    B92
    CAC
  • Amirkhanian, Charles Benjamin (January 19, 1945-) b. Fresno.
    AG B92 CAC VF
  • Anderson, Adrian David (December 27, 1952-) b. Palo Alto.
    CAC
  • Anderson, Beth (January 3, 1950-) b. Lexington, KY. Student in the Bay Area ca. 1968-1973.
    AG B92 VF
  • Anderson, Harold Vernon (March 21, 1900-) b. Spring Valley, WI. Came to California in 1930.
    F2*
  • Anderson, Robert E. (??) b. Aspen, Colorado. Pianist, Teacher, Composer.
    R
  • Armer, Elinor
  • Armsby, Leonora Wood (??) b. Springfield, IL. Came to California in 1900.
    F2*
  • Arrillaga, Santiago (July 25, 1847-Jan. 27 1915) b. Tolosa, Spain; d. Oakland. Came to California in the 1870s;
    F F2 W
  • Arriola, Alfred (1882-1940) b. Mexico d. San Francisco, arrived S.F. 1896;
    F W
  • Ashford, Paul (August 17, 1906-) b. Bakersfield.
    F2*
  • Ashley, Robert Reynolds (March 28, 1930-) b. Ann Arbor, MI. Director of the Center for Contemporary Music at Mills College from 1969 to 1981.
    AG B92 CAC
  • Attl, Kajetan (??) b. Bohemia. Also harpist SFO. Mill Valley Resident in the 1930s.
    F
  • Austin, Larry (September 12, 1930-) b. Duncan, OK. In Northern California from 1955 to 1972.
    AG B92 C CAC
  • Aylwin, Josephine Crew (July 28, 1878-??) b. Lawrence, KS. Came to California in 1890. Los Gatos resident.
    F F2

  • Bacon, Ernst (May 26, 1898-March 16, 1990) b. Chicago, IL; d. Orinda. Came to the Bay Area in 1927;
    AG B40 B92 CAC E F T VF W
  • Bahmann, Marianne E. (December 1, 1933-) b. Schuykill Co., PA.
    CAC
  • Baldwin, Anita M. (January 10, 1876) b. San Francisco; d. Arcadia.
    F2
  • Balleseyus, Virginia (March 14, 1893-March 27, 1969) b. Hollins, VA.; d. CA. Came to California in 1903. Berkeley resident ca. 1961.
    CAC D F2*
  • Ballesteros, Carlos Erasmo (November 25, 1897-) b. Mexico. Came to California in 1919.
    F2*
  • Barati, George (April 3, 1913-) b. Gyor, Hungary. In San Francisco from 1946 to 1950.
    AG CAC F2*
  • Barker, Warren E. (April 16, 1923-) b. Oakland.
    CAC
  • Barton, Leland Stanford (July 4, 1884-) b. Fresno.
    F2*
  • Basart, Robert (November 17, 1926-February 7, 1993) b. South Dakota; d. Berkeley.
    C CAC
  • Bates, Mason (January 23, 1977- ) b. Philadelphia
  • Battram, Florence Colby (March 25, 1889-??) b. Denver, CO. Came to the Bay Area in 1915. Oakland resident in the 1930s-1950s;
    F F2* R S W
  • Bauer, Adolph ( -1895)
    F2
  • Beaudoux, Ella Ribble (Mrs. Henry A.) (October 16, 1875-) b. Detroit, MI. Came to California in 1925.
    F2*
  • Becker, Dan
  • Becker, Grace (Mrs. H. Vamos) (??) b. Berkeley. Berkeley resident in the 1930s, San Francisco Resident in the 1940s.
    E F F2* W
  • Beckett, Wheeler Martin Allen (March 7, 1898-January 25, 1986) b. San Francisco; d. Philadelphia, PA. Resident of California until 1931;
    B92 CAC F F2* T W
  • Behrmann, David (August 16, 1937-) b. Salzburg, Austria.
    AG CAC
  • Bendix, Otto (July 26, 1845-March 1, 1904) b. Copenhagen, Denmark; d. San Francisco. Arrived in San Francisco in 1895;
    B40 B92 F F2 T W
  • Bendix, Theodore (1862-) b. Detroit, MI. In San Francisco ca. 1885.
    F2
  • Berdahl, Arthur (September 26, 1906-) b. Canton, SD. Came to California in 1932. Faculty at Fresno State College.
    F2*
  • Berens, Fritz (April 26, 1907-) b. Vienna. Came to California in 1939.
    F2*
  • Berger, Arthur Victor. (May 15, 1912) b. New York, NY. Instructor at Mills from 1939 to 1942;
    AG B92 CAC F2 T W
  • Bergsma, William (April 1, 1921-) b. Oakland;
    AG B92 CAC E T W
  • Beringer, Joseph (Nov. 19, 1866-1922) b. Munich, Germany; d. San Francisco. Arrived in San Francisco in 1896;
    F F2 W
  • Berry, David Bruce (April 29, 1947-) b. San Diego.
    CAC
  • Bevitt, Zay Rector (May 29, 1866-??) b. Clyde, MI. Came to California in 1910. San Francisco resident in the 1930s-1950s.
    F F2* WH
  • Bezar, Emily.
  • Bibo, Irving (August 22, 1889-) b. San Francisco. Resident of Chatsworth in the 1940s.
    F2*
  • Bielawa, Herbert (February 3, 1930-) b. Chicago, IL. Professor at San Francisco State from 1966.
    CAC
  • Bischoff, Kurt (September 24, 1949-) b. San Francisco.
    CAC
  • Black, Ben (December 11, 1889-December 27, 1950) b. Dudley, England; d. San Francisco. A composer for the Ziegfield Follies.
    F2*
  • Bley, Carla (1938) b. Oakland. Lived in Oakland until age 17.
    CAC
  • Blickfelt, Fredrick (July 12, 1887-1947) b. Fargo, ND; d. San Francisco. Came to the Bay Area in 1904. Obit. SFEx 1/11/1947.
    F F2 W
  • Bliss, Sir Arthur Edward Drummond (August 2, 1891-March 27, 1975) b. London, England; d. London, England. Professor at UC Berkeley in 1939;
    B40 B92 E T W
  • Bloch, Ernst (July 24, 1880-July 15, 1959) b. Geneva, Switzerland; d. Portland, OR. Taught at the San Francisco Conservatory from 1925 to 1930.;
    AG B40 B92 CAC E F T VF W
  • Bochsa, Robert Nichols Charles (August 7, 1789-January 7, 1856) b. Montmedy, France; d. Sydney, Australia. Came to California in 1854.
    F2
  • Bodley, J. Russell (May 13, 1902-??) b. Palo Alto. Stockton resident in the 1930s-1950s.
    F F2 W
  • Bogas, Edgar Noel (Edward, Ed).
  • Bogdanovich, Dusan (1955- ) b. Yugoslavia.
  • Bolcom, Willam Elden (May 26, 1938) b. Seattle, WA.
    B92 C
  • Boone, Charles (June 21, 1939) b. Cleveland, OH. In the Bay Area from the mid-1960s.
    AG B92 C CAC VF

  • Borden, Barbara Dolores (August 7, 1945-) b. Hartford, CN.
  • Bosworth, Henry M.
    Henry M. Bosworth
    CP
  • Brady, David see Lassere, Genevieve Lake
  • Brandon, George (February 4, 1924-) b. Stockton, CA.
    CAC
  • Brandt, Noah (April 8, 1859-1925 or 1926) b. N.Y.; d. San Francisco.
    F F2 M W
  • Braxton, Anthony (June 4, 1945-) b. Chicago, IL.
    AG B92 VF
  • Brenner, George Earnest (??-??) b. Beloit, IA. Resident of Daly City in the 1940s.
    F2*
  • Brescia, Domenico (April 28, 1866-March 25, 1939) b. Pirano, Italy; d. Oakland. Taught at Mills College 1925-1939;
    F F2 W
  • Briece, Jack (January 28, 1945-) b. San Francisco.
    CAC
  • Brown, Chris
  • Brown, Hugh Donald (November 16, 1910-) b. Providence, RI. Came to California in 1945.
    F2*
  • Brouk, Joanna (February 20, 1949-) b. St. Louis, MO.
    CAC
  • Brubeck, Dave (David) Warren (December 6, 1920-) b. Concord. F2 lists birthdate as 1921.
    AG B92 CAC D F2* VF
  • Brubeck, Howard R. (July 11, 1916-) b. Concord.
    AG CAC F2*
  • Bruguiere, Emil Antoine (February 1, 1876-??) b. San Francisco.
    F
  • Brusletten, Irvin L. (June 7, 1931-) b. Harlowton, MT.
    C
  • Buchla, Donald Frederick (April 17, 1937-) b. Southgate, CA.
    AG B92 VF
  • Burdick, Richard
  • Burman, David Lincoln (December 23, 1902-) b. Detroit Lake, MN. Came to California in 1926. Resident of Sacramento ca. 1950.
    F2*
  • Burman, Edna Mae (September 15, 1907) b. Sacramento.
    D F2*
  • Burt, George (October 7, 1929-) b. San Francisco.
    CAC
  • Burton, Stephen Douglas (February 24, 1943-) b. Whittier, CA.
    B92 CAC VF
  • Byers, Roxana (October 30, ??-) b. San Francisco.
    CAC

  • Cadman, Charles Wakefield (December 24, 1881-December 30, 1946) b. Johnston, PA; d. Los Angeles.
    AG B40 B92 E F T W
  • Cage, John Milton, Jr. (September 5, 1912-August 12, 1992) b. Los Angeles; d. New York, NY. Lived in California on and off between 1912 and 1940.
    AG B92 CAC F2* T W
  • Callinan, Gale W. (February 15, 1872-) b. Sonora, CA. Oakland resident in the 1930s. In the violin section of the San Francisco Symphony for 18 seasons;
    F F2* W
  • Campanari, Leandro (October 20, 1857-April 22, 1939) b. Rivigo, Italy; d. San Francisco. Came to the U.S. in 1881. Settled in San Francisco in 1907. Resident of San Francisco in the 1930s.
    B92 E F F2 T
  • Campion, Edmund (July 9, 1957- ) b. Dallas, TX.
  • Cannon, Dwight (July 6, 1932-) b. Pomona, CA
    CAC
  • Carr, James Harold
  • Carrington, Otis Mills (July 18, 1884-??) b. Oakland. Resident of Redwood City in the 1930s-1960s.
    D F F2*
  • Carruth, William Walter (July 5, 1884-) b. Oakland. Church and concert organist, composer.
    F2* WH
  • Carson, Paul (August 3, 1900-) b. Bridgeport, IL.
    F2*
  • Castillo, Javier (December 27, 1933-) b. Coahuila, Mexico.
    CAC
  • Castle, Patrick Douglas (December 25, 1945-) b. Oakland.
    CAC
  • Castro, Rudolph (October 26, 1919-) b. Antioch.
    F2*
  • Catalano, Joseph Paul (Joe)  (November 27, 1952-May 27, 1998) b. Elmira, NY; d. Oakland.
  • Cator, Thomas V. (March 23, 1886-April 9, 1931) b. Jersey City, NJ; d. Carmel. Came to California in 1902. Instructor at the College of the Pacific. Author of Aura-Modality;
    F F2 W
  • Celona, John Anthony (October 30, 1947-) b. San Francisco.
    CAC
  • Cesana, Otto (July 7, 1899-December 9, 1980) b. Brescia, Italy; d. New York, NY. Resident of California from 1908 to 1930.
    B92 CAC F2* W
  • Chaitkin, David (May 16, 1938) b. New York City.
    C CAC
  • Chowning, John (August 22, 1934-) b. Salem, NJ. At Stanford from 1966.
    B92 VF
  • Chylinski, Charles (Karol) William (February 20, 1892-??) b. Detroit, MI. Came to California in 1931. Resident of San Francisco in the 1930s.
    F
  • Ciarlo, Leonardo (March 24, 1905-) b. Italy. Came to California in 1925. Resident of Oakland ca. 1950.
    F2*
  • Cirone, Anthony J. (November 8, 1941-) b. Jersey City, NJ.
    CAC
  • Cius, Anthony B., Jr. (March 11, 1938-) b. Buffalo, NY.
    CAC
  • Claasen, Arthur (February 19, 1859-March 13, 1920) b. Stargaard, Prussia; d. San Francisco. Composer, conductor. Settled in San Francisco 3 years prior to his death.
    W
  • Clark, Laurence Gordon (February 8, 1923) b. Denver, CO.
    C CAC
  • Clark, Mitchell (1956-)
  • Clark, Sondra
  • Cleghorn, James (July 17, 1913-September 22, 1987) b. Sacramento; d. San Francisco. San Francisco Public librarian.
    W VF
  • Clifford, Beatrice (May 12, 1880-June 18, 1947) b. London, England; d. San Francisco. Came to California in 1885.
    F F2 W
  • Cobb, Donald (November 13, 1936-) b. Oaklnad, CA.
    CAC
  • Cody, Judith (August 29, 1943-) b. Troy, NY.
    CAC
  • Colby, Edward Eugene (July 5, 1912-) b. Oakland.
    AG F2*
  • Colton, Beatrice Ada (July 20, 1905-) b. Oakland. Resident of Modesto ca. 1950.
    F2*
  • Comel, Nino (July 10, 1902-) b. Trieste, Italy. Came to California in 1929. Composer, conductor, voice teacher. Director San Francisco Opera Association for several years. Resident of San Francisco ca. 1940-1950;
    F2* R S W
  • Compagno, Grace M. (May 6, 1901-) b. San Francisco. Organist, composer.
    W
  • Conn, Chester (April 14, 1896-) b. San Francisco. Resident of San Francisco until about 1920. Moved to New York.
    F2*
  • Connick, Eda Otteson (??-??) b. San Antonio, TX. Came to California at age 6.
    F2*
  • Constaten, Tom (March 19, 1944-) b. New Jersey.
    CAC
  • Conte, David
  • Cook, Ruth Cornell (August 10, 1891-) b. San Jose.
    F2*
  • Cooke, India
  • Cope, David Howell (May 17, 1941-) b. San Francisco.
    AG B92 CAC
  • Courtright, Naomi Ruth Howard Van (August 28, 1897-) b. Bastrop, TX. Came to California in 1931.
    F2*
  • Cowell, Henry (March 11, 1897-December 10, 1965) b. Menlo Park.; d. Shady, NY. Oakland Tribune, July 6, 1975.
    AG B92 CAC E F VF R T W
  • Cowles, Cecil (January 14, 1898-March 28, 1968) b. San Francisco; d. New York, NY.
    B40 CAC F F2* W
  • Cox, Rick (March 8, 1952-) b. Chicago, IL.
    CAC
  • Crawford, Dorothy (October 28, 1897-??) b. Portland, OR. Came to California in 1900. San Francisco resident in the 1930s-1950s.
    F F2 W
  • Critchfield. John Franklin (January 8, 1907) b. Goldfield, NV. Came to California in 1929.
    F2*
  • Crooks, Mack Cursey (February 7, 1937-) b. Knoxville, TN.
    CAC
  • Cumming, Richard Jackson (June 9, 1928-) b. Shanghai, China. Attended the San Francisco Conservatory. Lived in Belvedere ca. 1950.
    CAC F2*
  • Cummings, Conrad (February 10, 1948-) b. San Francisco.
    CAC
  • Cunningham, Edith (??-??) b. Virginia City, NV. Came to California ca. 1894. Richmond resident ca. 1940-1950.
    F2* R S
  • Curran, Alvin (December 13, 1938-) b. Providence, RI. Taught at Mills from ca. 1991.
    B92 CAC VF
  • Cushing, Charles C. (December 8, 1905) b. Oakland. Professor of Music at the University of California from 1949 to 1968.
    AG C CAC R T W
  • Custer, Beth.
  • Cyr, Gordon (October 5, 1925) b. Oakland, CA.
    C CAC

  • Daddy, S. Kwaku
  • Daniels, Charles Neil (April 12, 1878-January 23, 1943) b. Leavenworth, KS; d. Los Angeles. Also used the pseudonym Neil Moret
    AG
  • Darling, E. J. (ca. 1860) Early Bohemian Club composer.
    W
  • David, Anne Louise (??-??) b. Boston, MA. Concert harpist, pianist, composer, accompanist. Came to California in 1925.
    F2* S
  • Davie, Marie (Maxine Davies) (??-??) b. Victoria, BC.
    F2
  • Davis, Bob (July 17, 1947-) b. Philadelphia, PA.
    CAC
  • Dee, Richard (June 13, 1936-) b. Knoxville, TN
    CAC
  • de Grassi, Antonio see Grassi, Antonio de
  • Del Tredici, David Walter (March 16, 1937-) b. Cloverdale, CA.
    B92 T VF
  • De Marinis, Paul Michael (October 6, 1948-) b. Cleveland, OH.
    CAC
  • Dempster, Stuart (July 7, 1936) b. Berkeley, CA.
    B92 C CAC
  • Denke, Frank Reinhold (January 26, 1906) b. San Francisco.
    F2*
  • Denny, William Douglas (July 2, 1910-September 2, 1980) b. Seattle, WA; d. Berkeley.
    C CAC D W
  • De Somery, Gene David (March 3, 1948-) b. Quincy.
    CAC
  • Deussen, Nancy Bloomer (February 1, 1931-) b. New York, NY.
  • Dickow, Robert Henry (May 27, 1949-) b. San Francisco.
    CAC
  • Dixon, Gordon Alfred (April 23, 1908-) b. New York, NY. Came to California in 1935.
    F2*
  • Dobson, Tom (c1889-November 25, 1918) b. Portland, OR; d. New York, NY. Lived in Oakland.
    F2
  • Dohrmann, John Henry (April 29, 1840-September 1, 1921) b. Ehlen, Germany; d. Oakland. Came to California in 1885;
    CP F F2 W
  • Dollarhide, Theodore John (August 30, 1948-) b. Santa Rosa.
    CAC
  • Doty, David B. (1950-)
  • Dougherty, Marion Sue (December 6, 1929-) b. Alameda. Lived in Sacramento ca. 1950.
    F2*
  • Douillet, Pierre (January 28, 1861-December 11, 1936) b. Kharkov, Russia; d. San Francisco. Came to California in 1897.
    F F2 T W
  • Dresher, Paul Joseph (January 8, 1951-) b. Los Angeles.
    B92 CAC VF
  • Dugger, Edwin (March 21, 1940-) b. Poplar Bluff, MO.
    CAC
  • Dunbar, Janet.
  • Duncan, Charles (June 5, 1924-) b. Sacramento. Lived in Berkeley ca. 1950.
    F2*
  • Duncan, Rosetta Florence (November 23, 1900-) b. Los Angeles. Resided in Burlingame ca. 1950.
    F2
  • Duncan, Vivian Adelle (June 17, 1905-) b. Los Angeles. Resided in Burlingame ca. 1950.
    F2*
  • Dydo, J. Stephen (May 2, 1948-) b. San Francisco.
    CAC

  • Eastwood, Howard ( -1966) b. San Francisco; d. Alameda. Obit. Alameda Times-Star August 23, 1966.
    OPL
  • Edelman, Leighten Mixell (March 5, 1922-) b. Oakland.
    F2*
  • Edmunds, John (June 10, 1913-December 9, 1986) b. San Francisco; d. Berkeley. Also known as John St. Edmunds.
    AG B92 CAC F F2* VF T W
  • Edwards, George; (August 22, 1884-June 24, 1925) b. Fargo, N.D.; d. San Francisco.
    F F2 W WH
  • Elkus, Albert Israel (August 22, 1894-February 19, 1962) b. Sacramento; d. Oakland.
    AG B40 B92 CAC D F F2* R S VF W
  • Elkus, Jonathan Britton (August 8, 1931-) b. San Francisco.
    AG CAC D
  • Ellis, Melville M. (March 3, 1875-??) b. San Francisco;
    F
  • Elston, Arnold (September 30, 1907-July 3, 1971) b. New York, NY; d. Vienna, Austria. Professor at UCBerkeley from 1958-1971.
    AG B92 C CAC VF
  • Enciso, Franz (July 12, 1941-) b. Los Angeles.
    CAC D
  • Entwhistle, Mary Joy (December 8, 1913-) b. Chehalis, WA. Resident of Alameda in the 1940s
    F2*
  • Erickson, Robert (March 7, 1917-April 24, 1997) b. Marquette, MI; d. San Diego.
    AG B92 C CAC D
  • Estabrook, Dean Monte (June 7, 1940-) b. San Jose.
    CAC D
  • Evans, George T. (August 1, 1836-February 12, 1878) b. New York, New York; d. San Francisco.
    CP F2 W

  • Farberman, Harold (November 2, 1929) b. New York, NY. From 1971 to 1979 conducted the Oakland Symphony.
    B92 CAC VF
  • Farwell, Arthur (April 23, 1872-January 20, 1952) b. St. Paul, MN; d. New York. Head of the music department at UC Berkeley in 1918-1919;
    AG B92 CAC E F T W
  • Felciano, Richard James (December 7, 1930) b. Santa Rosa.
    AG B92 C CAC VF
  • Ferber, Richard (ca. 1860) Germany. Organist, pedagogue, composer.
    W
  • Ferguson, Kenneth (1905-) b. Oakland.
    F2*
  • Ferrara, Mary Ashe (??-??) b. Indiana. Came to California in 1915.
    F2*
  • Ferrer, Manuel Ygnacio (May 1832-June 1, 1904) b. San Antonio, Baja California, Mexico; d. San Francisco
    CP
  • Ferry, Charles (December 5, 1890-??) b. Eureka, IL. Came to California in 1931. A resident of San Francisco;
    F W
  • Festinger, Richard.
  • Fickenscher, Arthur (March 9, 1871-April 15, 1954) b. Aurora, IL; d. San Francisco. Came to California in 1895 to teach at the Von Meyerick School of Music in San Francisco and the Jenkins school of music in Oakland. Returned to San Francisco in 1947.
    AG B40 B92 CAC E F T W
  • Fina, Jack (??-??) b. Passaic, NY. Came to California in 1939.
    F2*
  • Fischer, Edna (1902-November 2, 1997) d. San Francisco.
  • Fisher, William Arms (April 27 1861-December 18, 1948) b. San Francisco; d. Brookline, MA. Son of a '49er. Left California in 1892;
    AG B40 B92 E F F2 T W
  • Fleishman, Samuel G. (ca. 1870- ) Germany. Pianist, composer.
    W
  • Foutz, Frances Odessa (March 26, 1918-) b. Madill, OK. Came to California in 1934.
    F2*
  • Fragale, Frank D. (December 1, 1894-) b. Sciara, Italy. Composer, clarinetist. Member of the San Francisco Symphony.
    S
  • France, Leila (McDermott) (??-November 7, 1940) b. Eastern Shore, MD. Came to California in 1868;
    F F2 W
  • Frank, Andrew (November 25, 1946-) b. Los Angeles.
    CAC
  • Friedhofer, Hugo William (May 3, 1901-May 17, 1981) b. San Francisco; d. Los Angeles
    AG
  • Friml, Rudolph (December 7, 1879-November 12, 1972) b. Prague, Czechoslavakia; d. Los Angeles. San Francisco resident since 1950.
    AG CAC E VF
  • Furant, William;
    W

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  • Gainfort, Emma (April 1879-??) b. Dublin, Ireland. Came to California in 1922.
    F F2
  • Gannon, Ruth Ellen (December 4, 1894-) b. San Francisco.
    D F2* S
  • Garland, Peter (January 27, 1953-) b. Portland, ME.
    AG CAC
  • Garner, David (August 4, 1954) b. Chicago
  • Garrott, Hal (June 21, 1877) b. Chicago, IL. Came to California in 1927. Resident of Carmel ca. 1950.
    F2*
  • Gartler, Robert (February 15, 1933-) b. Los Angeles.
    CAC
  • Gates, Crawford (December 29, 1921-) b. San Francisco.
    CAC
  • Genss, Hermann (January 6, 1856-October 6, 1940) b. Tilsit, Germany. d. San Francisco. First came to California in 1899
    E F F2 R T W
  • Getty, Gordon (December 20, 1933-) b. Los Angeles. Came to San Francisco in 1945. See Current Biography 1985.
    B92 VF
  • Gibbs, Jason Michael
  • Gideon, Henry Louis (October 7, 1877-July 9, 1955) b. Louisville, KY; d. Berkeley. Came to California in 1939. Resident of Berkeley ca. 1950. Berkeley Daily Gazette, June 1, 1949. Obituary, Oakland Tribune, July 10, 1955.
    E F2*
  • Giteck, Janice (June 27, 1946-) b. New York, NY. Studied at Mills College ca. 1968-1969.
    B92 CAC VF
  • Gitin, Judith (1940) b. Butte, MT.
    C
  • Glann, James F. (??) b. ??
    F2
  • Gnazzo, Anthony J. (April 21, 1936-) b. New Britain, CT.
    AG CAC
  • Gomez, Claudia. b. Medellin, Columbia.
  • Goodwin, Jack Francis (February 2, 1920-) b. San Francisco.
    F2*
  • Gottschalk, Louis F. (October 7, 1869-July 16, 1934) b. St. Louis, MO; d. Los Angeles. Intermittently in San Francisco.
    F2 T
  • Goyette, Desirée
  • Graham, Virginia (??-??) b. Colfax. Resident of Palo Alto ca. 1950.
    D F2*
  • Grassi, Antonio Gioachino de (February 17, 1885-??) b. Trieste, Italy. Came to California in 1915.
    F F2* R S W
  • Graves, C. Mel (November 6, 1946-) b. Parkersburg, WV.
    CAC
  • Green, Ray Burns (September 13, 1909-) b. Cavendish, MO. Came to California in 1921. Resident of San Francisco in the 1930s;
    AG B92 CAC D F T W
  • Greven, Adolph (October 2, 1860-1940) b. Cologne, Germany; d. San Francisco. First came to California in 1884;
    F F2 W
  • Grienauer, Karl (1865-July 16, 1915) b. Vienna, Austria; d. San Francisco.
    F2
  • Guillen, Jose (August 29, 1905-) b. El Salvador. Came to California in 1948.
    F2*
  • Gump, Richard B. (January 22, 1906-) b. San Francisco.
    CAC F2*

  • Hadley, Henry Kimball (December 20, 1871-September 6, 1937) b. Somerville, MA; d. New York, NY. In San Francisco from 1911-1920.
    AG B40 B92 CAC E F VF T W
  • Hagen, Milt -- see Sherwin, Sterling
  • Hall, Ettadell (??) b. Clay Center, KS. Came to California in 1903. Oakland resident ca. 1950.
    F2*
  • Hall, R.O. (??) b. ??
    F2
  • Halpern, Steven (April 18, 1947-) b. New York, NY.
    B92 VF
  • Hampton, Adele Nilon (??) b. Nevada City. San Francisco resident ca. 1950.
    F2*
  • Hanson, Howard (October 28, 1896-February 26, 1981) b. Wahoo, NB; d. Rochester, NY. Dean at the College of the Pacific in San Jose from 1916 to 1921.
    AG B40 B92 CAC E F T VF WH
  • Hardcastle, Arthur E. (August 27, 1886-) b. Skipton, England. Came to California in 1923. Los Altos resident ca. 1950.
    F2*
  • Harlan, Charles Leroy (December 4, 1920-February 14, 1972) b. Lewiston, ID; d. Seaside. Came to California in 1947. Oakland resident ca. 1950.
    CAC F2*
  • Harmonic, Phil (June 10, 1949-) b. Newton, MS.
    CAC
  • Harris, Edward C. (February 16, 1899) b. Elizabeth, NJ. Came to California in 1929.
    CAC E F F2 W
  • Harris, Roy (February 12, 1898-October 1, 1979) b. Chandler, OK; d. Santa Monica. Educated at UC Berkeley.
    AG B40 B92 CAC E F R S T W
  • Harrison, Herbert H. Jr. (September 29, 1923-) b. Sacramento.
    F2*
  • Harrison, Lou (May 14, 1917-) b. Portland, OR.
    AG B92 CAC F2 VF T W
  • Hart, Charles (September 14, 1883) b. New Brunswick, NH. Came to California in 1923.
    F F2 W
  • Hartmann, Ernst Charles Ferdinand Von (December 20, 1840-April 8, 1894). b. Straalsund, Germany. Came to California in 1861.
    F F2 W W6
  • Haskins, Vernon C. (July 26, 1895-) b. Stevens Point, WI. Came to California in 1911. Berkeley resident ca. 1950-1960.
    D F2*
  • Haug, Julius A. (September 23, 1882) b. San Francisco. Principal 2nd violinist of the San Francisco Symphony.
    F2* R
  • Hawkins, Edwin R. (August 18, 1943-) b. Oakland.
    AG
  • Hedge, Grace Boles (August 9, 1890-) b. Kansas. Came to California in 1908. Menlo Park resident ca. 1950-1960.
    D F2*
  • Heft, Arthur (November 28, 1872-March 20, 1934) b. Meuchatel, Switzerland; d. Sacramento. Came to California in 1908.
    F2
  • Heggie, Jake (March 31, 1961- ) b. West Palm Beach, FL.
  • Heller, Herman S. (March 27, 1881-August 31, 1959) b. Hungary. Came to California in 1898.
    F F2
  • Herold, Rudolph. (March 29, 1832-July 25, 1888) b. Bibra, Germany; d. San Francisco.
    CP W1
  • Hersch, John (October 2, 1932) b. San Francisco.
    C
  • Herst, Jerome Philip (Jerry) (May 28, 1909-) b. Chicago, IL. Came to California in 1928. San Francisco resident ca. 1950.
    F2*
  • Heyes, Peter (August 6, 1899-) b. Ormskirk, England. Came to California in 1926.
    F2
  • Heyman, Sir Henry (January 13, 1856-March 28, 1924) b. Oakland, CA; d. Paso Robles.
    AG E F F2 T W W6
  • Heyman, Katherine Ruth (1877-September 2, 1944) b. Sacramento; d. Sharon, CO. Left California in 1891.
    F2 T
  • Hickman, Art (June 13, 1886-January 16, 1930) b. Oakland; d. San Francisco. Early bandleader at the Saint Francis.
    F2 K
  • Hicks, Hobart (December 20, 1896-) b. Bibbs, CA.
    F
  • Hicks, John Pendleton (July 22, 1904-) b. Wasco County, OR. Came to California in 1925.
    F W
  • Higbie, Barbara.
  • Hill, Maurice (??) b. Lodi.
    F2*
  • Hinrichs, Gustav (December 10, 1850-March 26, 1942) b. Ludwigslust, Germany; d. Mountain Lake, NJ. Lived in California from 1870 to 1885. In 1871 conducted the Gem Theatre. In 1881 founded Philharmonic concerts.
    AG B40 B92 E F T W W6
  • Ho, Cordell (August 27, 1948-) b. San Francisco.
    CAC
  • Hoenig, Frances Josephine (1893) b. Lockport, NY. Came to California in 1921.
    F2*
  • Hoffman, Theodore (October 18, 1925-) b. Palo Alto.
    CAC
  • Hollingsworth, Stanley Walker (April 27, 1924-October 29, 2003) b. Berkeley; d. Rocklin.
    CAC F2* T
  • Holloway, Jack Edward (January 28, 1923-) b. January 28, 1923. Came to California in 1936. Richmond resident ca. 1950.
    F2*
  • Holmes, Henry (November 7, 1839-December 9, 1905) b. London, England; d. San Francisco. He came to S.F. in 1900 at the age of 61, stayed until his death; much of his musical manuscript was destroyed in the fire of 1906.
    B40 E F F2 T W
  • Holt, Henry (October 10, 1909-) b. Mlada Boleslav, Czechoslovakia. Came to California in 1945.
    F2*
  • Hopkins, John J. (June 8, 1905) b. San Francisco
    F2*
  • Hopper, Elayne Lawson, aka Lavrans, Elayne (December 16, 1915-) b. Monterey. Resident of Carmel ca. 1950.
    F2*
  • Horst, Louis (January 12, 1884-January 23, 1964) b. Kansas City, Missouri; d. New York, New York. Came to San Francisco in 1892.
    AG
  • Horton, Jim (September 6, 1944-1998) b. Minnesota.
  • Housman, Rosalie (June 25, 1890-October 28, 1949) b. San Francisco; d. New York.
    B40 B92 E F F2 W
  • Hughes, Robert (1933-)
    CAC
  • Hui, Melissa
  • Hulten, George F. (March 17, 1891-) b. San Francisco.
    W
  • Hurd, Marvin Dewey (1896-) b. Benton Harbor, MI. Violinist, teacher, composer, orchestra director.
    R
  • Hutchinson, Brenda

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  • Jacobi, Frederick (May 4, 1891-October 24, 1952) b. San Francisco; d. New York. Taught summer music courses at Mills and UC Berkeley.
    AG B40 B92 E F T W
  • Jacobson, Joseph George (August 30, 1875-) b. South Africa. Came to San Francisco in 1915.
    F2 WH
  • Jacoby, Philip I. (??)
    F2
  • Jaffa, Ruby M. (September 22, 1839-??) b. London, England. Spent 30 years in San Francisco
    F2
  • Jang, Jon
    VF
  • Janson-Hudson, Elinor (May 5, 1911-) b. Dresden, Germany. Came to California in 1940. Stage name is Elinor Torri.
    F2*
  • Jenkins, Cora

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  • Lada, Edward B. (July 30, 1873) b. Newark, NJ. At the Alcazar Theatre in the 1900s.
    F F2 W
  • Lake, Genevieve see Lassere, Genevieve Lake
  • Lamp, Charles J. (1888-) b. Minneapolis, MN. Supervisor of Music, San Francisco Public Schools, ca. 1940.
    R
  • Langert, Jules (1932) b. New York, NY.
    C CAC
  • Langstroth, Ivan Shed (October 16, 1887-April 25, 1971) b. Alameda; d. New York.
    B40 CAC F F2 T W
  • LaRocca, Frank (1951-)
  • Lassere, Genevieve Lake (aka Lake, Genevieve; Brady, David) (1894-??) b. Hanford. San Jose resident ca. 1950.
    D F2*
  • La Violette, Wesley (January 4, 1894-July 29, 1978) b. St. Paul, MN; d. Escondido.
    AG B40 B92 CAC E T W
  • Lawler, Edna Shores (1893-) b. San Francisco.
    F2*
  • Leach, Stephen W. (ca. 1820-August 21, 1895) b. London, England; d. Oakland. Singer, director, composer.
    CP W W1
  • Lee, Norman (Norman 18, 1895-) b. Chicago.
    CAC
  • Leedy, Douglas H. (March 3, 1938) b. Portland, OR.
    AG B92 C CAC
  • Lehmer, Derrick Norman (July 27, 1867-September 8, 1938) b. Somerset, IN; d. Berkeley. Came to California in 1900. A Math professor at UC Berkeley who wrote American Indian Songs.
    F F2 W
  • Lejeal, Alois F. (??-April 8, 1920)
    F F2 W
  • Lemare, Edwin Henry (September 9, 1866-September 24, 1934) b. Ventnor, Isle of Wight; d. Los Angeles. Came to California in 1915. Municipal Organist of San Francisco from 1917 to 1921.
    AG B92 E F F2 T W WH
  • Leonard, Cuyler Hershey (1888-) b. Ohio. Band conductor, composer, trumpet player. Fresno resident ca. 1940.
    R
  • Leplin, Emanuel (October 3, 1917-December 1, 1972) b. San Francisco; d. Martinez.
    B92 CAC F2* VF W
  • Leechman, John (ca. 1835-1916)
    W
  • Lessard, John Ayres (July 3, 1920-) b. San Francisco. Lived in California until 1937.
    AG B92 CAC F2* T W
  • Lewin, David Benjamin (July 2, 1933-) b. New York, NY. Taught at UC Berkeley from 1961 to 1967.
    AG B92 C
  • Lewis, Franklin J. (July 22, 1838-July 23, 1910) b. Wells, VT; d. San Francisco. Came to California around 1870.
    F2 W
  • Lewis, Peter Scott (1953-) b. San Rafael.
  • Liderman, Jorge (November 6, 1957-February 3, 2008) b. Buenos Aires, Argentina, d. El Cerrito.
  • Linn, Robert (August 11, 1925-) b. San Francisco. Studied at Mills College.
    AG
  • Lindtner, John S. (May 24, 1838-??) b. Bergen, Norway. Came to California in 1874.
    F2
  • Lloyd, Robert (March 23, 1864-March 12, 1930) b. England; d. Alameda. Came to San Francisco in 1889.
    F F2
  • Loarie, Philip Willard (February 7, 1952-) b. Deerfield, IL.
    CAC
  • Locher, Adophe (June 20, 1858-) b. St. Imier. Came to California in 1884.
    F F2 W
  • Loder, George (??-July 15, 1867) d. Australia. Lived in California from ca. 1852 to 1856.
    F2 W1
  • Lombardero, J. (ca. 1880- )
    W
  • Loomis, Wendy.
  • Lopez, Peter Dickson (July 8, 1950) b. Berkeley.
    CAC
  • Love, Edna Barr (August 30, 1885-) b. Holdrege, NB. Came to California in 1914. Resident of Modesto ca. 1940-1950.
    F2* R S
  • Loy, D. Gareth (June 20, 1945-) b. Los Angeles.
    CAC
  • Lucas, Christopher Norman (Norman Davis, pseudonym) (September 17, 1912-) b. Manchester, England. Came to California in 1921.
    F2*
  • Lucchesi, Riccardo Astore (August 15, 1852-June 14, 1915) b. Bologna, Italy; d. Los Angeles. Lived in San Francisco for 35 years.
    F F2 W
  • Lunetta, Stanley G. (??) b. Sacramento.
    AG C CAC
  • Lyster, Frederick.
    CP

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  • MacBride, David Huston (October 3, 1951-) b. Oakland.
    CAC
  • MacKinnon, Robert (??)
    D
  • MacSems, William (1930- ) New York, NY
  • Maganini, Quinto (November 30, 1897-March 10, 1974) b. Fairfield; d. Greenwich, CN.
    AG CAC E
  • Mansfeldt, Hugo Leonhardt (August 10, 1847-January 1, 1932). b. Bromberg, Prussia (now Bydgoszcz, Poland); d. San Francisco. Family name Hugo Janke, in American changed to Hugo Yanke.
    F F2 HM W W6
  • Marcelli, Nino (January 21, 1890) b, Rome, Italy. Came to California in 1920. Active primarily in San Diego.
    B40 CAC E F F2 R S T
  • Marcelli, Ulderico (Rico) (October 3, 1887-) b. Rome, Italy. Came to California in 1914.
    E F F2 S W
  • Marshall, Ingram Douglass (May 10, 1942) b. Mount Vernon, NY.
    AG B92 CAC VF
  • Martel, Kristi
  • Martin, Paul (September 24, 1867-??) b. Franklin, IN. Came to California in 1896. Resident of Oakland ca. 1930-1940.
    F F2 W
  • Masaoka, Miya
  • Massett, Stephen C. (ca. 1820-August 21, 1898) London.
    CP W WT
  • Masten, M.C. (ca. 1860- ) b. San Francisco.
    W
  • Mather, J. Bruce (May 9, 1939) b. Toronto, Canada.
    B92 C
  • Mattox, Janis.
  • Maurer, Frederick (1873-??) b. New York City. Came to California in 1886.
    F F2
  • Maxfield, Richard Vance (February 2, 1927-June 27, 1969) b. Seattle, WA; d. Los Angeles. Came to California in 1947.
    AG F2*
  • McCoy, William J. (March 15, 1854-October 16, 1926) b. Bucyrus, OH; d. Alameda. Bakers' Dictionary incorrect gives a birth date of March 15, 1848, a death date of October 15, 1926, a birthplace of Crestline, OH and a deathplace of Oakland. In 1897 settled in the San Francisco Bay Area.
    B40 B92 E F F2 VF W
  • McCurrie, Charles H. (December 3, 1846-May 3, 1936) b. Manchester, England; d. Saratoga. Came to California in 1862.
    F F2 W
  • McDougall, W. (ca. 1840- )
    W
  • McGettigan, Francisca Vallejo (July 18, 1875-) b. Vallejo.
    F F2* W
  • McKiernan, Joseph Martin (December 18, 1899-) b. San Jose.
    F2*
  • McKorkell, William.
    CP
  • McKuen, Rod Marvin (April 2, 1933) b. Oakland.
    AG B92 CAC VF
  • McManus, George Stewart. b. Philadelphia, PA. Pianist, composer. In San Francisco ca. 1920.
    W WH
  • McNabb, Michael Don (July 5, 1952) b. Salinas.
    AG
  • McRitchie, Grieg (b. September 28, 1914-) b. Alameda.
    F2*
  • Meany, Ray (1908-) b. San Francisco. Oakland resident ca. 1940-1950.
    F2* R S
  • Mechem, Kirke Lewis (August 16, 1925) b. Wichita, KS.
    B92 C CAC VF
  • Melvin, Bethel Stack (April 28, 1907-) b. Walla Walla, WA. Came to California ca. 1924.
    D F2*
  • Mendelevitch, Rodion (??) b. Odessa, Russia. Violinist, composer. With the San Francisco Symphony from 1919. San Francisco resident ca. 1940.
    R
  • Metcalf, John W. (??-July 1926). b. Waverly, IL. Resided in California since 1890. The first instructor at Stanford; PCMR 12/31/10
    E F F2 W WH
  • Meyer, Joseph (March 12, 1894-) b. Modesto. Lived in California from 1908 to 1921. "California Here I Come" in San Francisco Examiner, July 21, 1957.
    F2*
  • Mihailoff, Sergei (September 10, 1898-) b. Moscow, Russia. Concert pianist, composer, lecturer, teacher of piano. Came to San Francisco in 1919. Resident of San Francisco ca. 1950.
    F F2* S W
  • Milhaud, Darius (September 4, 1892-June 22, 1974) b. Aix-en-Provence; d. Geneva, Switzerland. Taught at Mills College from 1940 to 1971.
    AG B40 B92 D E VF T W
  • Minetti, Giulio (November 22, 1890-) b. Turin, Italy. Came to California in 1912.
    F2*
  • Minkowski, Giacomo (1872-May 5, 1941) d. New York.
    B40 W
  • Mitchell, Edward Reams (August 11, 1914-) b. Chicago, IL. Came to California in 1926.
    F2*
  • Molina, Jose (March 19, 1904-) b. Mexico. Came to California in 1927.
    F2*
  • Monello, Spartaco V. (June 20, 1909-) b. Boston. Lived in Bay Area from 1945-1948, 1950.
    F2*
  • Moore, Mary Lousie Carr (August 6, 1873-January 10, 1957) b. Memphis, TN; d. Inglewood. Lived in San Francisco from 1888-1925.
    AG B40 B92 CAC E F F2 R S VF T W
  • Moore, Willard (May 2, 1887-) b. Stockton.
    F2
  • Moran, Robert Leonard (January 8, 1937-) b. Denver, CO. MA from Mills 1963.
    AG B92 VF
  • Morgan, John Paul (February 13, 1841-January 1879) b. Oberlin, OH; d. Oakland. Organist.
    B40 W W6
  • Moscovitz, Julianne (January 18, 1951-) b. Oakland.
    CAC
  • Mosko, Stephen (1948-) b. Denver, CO.
    CAC
  • Moss, Marjorie Ella Lee (November 1, 1907-) b. San Francisco.
    F2*
  • Muckle, Howard A. (??) b. St. Paul, MN. Resident of Oakland ca. 1950.
    F2*
  • Mueller, Harold (April 5, 1903-) b. Yates Center, KS. Came to California in 1923.
    F2*
  • Mumma, Gordon (March 30, 1935-) b. Framingham, MA.
    AG CAC

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  • Nanney, Herbert Boswell (August 1, 1918-May 20, 1996) b. Whittier; d. Santa Clara, CA. Resident of Palo Alto ca. 1950.
    F2*
  • Neuberg, Amy X.
  • Newell, Robert C. (??) b. Grinnell, IA.
    F2*
  • Newhall, Jane Peers (July 16, 1883-) b. Wallingford, CT. Came to California in 1912.
    F2*
  • Nicholls, Philip R. (ca. 1830- ) In San Francisco ca. 1858-1873.
    CP W
  • Nin-Culmell, Joaquin Maria (September 5, 1908) b. Berlin, Germany. Taught at UC Berkeley from 1947 to 1974.
    AG B92 C CAC D F2* T VF
  • Nixon, Roger (August 8, 1921) b. Tulare, CA.
    AG B92 C CAC D F2* VF
  • Noble, Ann (September 24, 1955-) b. Oakland
    CAC
  • Nunn, Tom
  • Nyquist, Roger Thomas (July 11, 1934-) b. Rockford, IL.
    CAC

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  • Oliveros, Pauline (May 30, 1932) b. Houston, TX.
    AG B92 C CAC D VF
  • Olson, Robert G. (May 29, 1913-) b. Pelican Rapids, MN.
    CAC
  • Onderdonk, Henry (1928) b. Maryland.
    C
  • Ormay, Gyula (1875-) b. Totis, Hungary. Pianist, accompanist, conductor and composer. San Francisco resident ca. 1940.
    R
  • Osma, Julio de (??-August 1, 1938) d. Oakland.
    F2
  • Otey, Wendell (August 10, 1914-) b. Harrisburg, IL. Came to California in 1941.
    F2*
  • Ovanin, Nikola L. (November 25, 1911-) b. Northern Yugoslavia. Came to California in 1948. At Humboldt State in Arcata ca. 1950.
    F2*

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  • Packer, Randall
  • Page, Nathaniel Clifford (October 26, 1866-May 12, 1956) b. San Francisco; d. Philadelphia, PA. Spent 29 years in the Bay Area.
    B40 E F F2 T W
  • Palange, Louis Salvador (December 17, 1917-June 8, 1979) b. Oakland; d. Burbank. Lived in the Bay Area until 1936.
    AG
  • Paltridge, James Gilbert Jr. (June 28, 1942-) b. Albany.
    CAC
  • Parrott, John (May 7, 1859-January 20, 1918) b. San Francisco; d. San Francisco.
    F F2 W
  • Partch, Harry (June 24, 1901-September 3, 1974) b. Oakland; d. San Diego.
    AG B92 F2* T VF
  • Pashley, Newton H. (November 3, 1904-) b. Dividing Creek, NJ. Came to California in 1936.
    F2*
  • Pasmore, Henry Bickford (June 27, 1857-February 23, 1944) b. Wisconsin; d. San Francisco. Came to S.F. in 1875. Composer, organist and choral director.
    B92 E F F2 T W W6
  • Payne, Maggi (December 23, 1945-) b. Temple, TX.
    AG CAC
  • Pendelton, Emmett (May 1887-??) b. Red Bluff, CA.
    F F2 W
  • Perle, George. (May 6, 1915-) b. Bayonne, NJ. At UCDavis 1957-1961. Composer in Residence of the San Francisco Symphony from 1989-1991.
    AG B92 CAC D T
  • Perlet, Herman (January 22, 1863-January 8, 1916) b. Erie, PA.; d. San Francisco. In the Bay Area from 1908 to 1916.
    E F F2 W
  • Persinger, Louis (February 11, 1887-December 31, 1966) b. Rochester, IL; New York, NY. Came to San Francisco from 1915 to 1930.
    B40 B92 E F F2 T
  • Peterson, Harold (June 23, 1948-) b. Oak Park, IL.
    CAC
  • Peterson, Wayne (September 3, 1927-) b. Albert Lea, Minnesota. Taught at San Francisco State from 1960.
    B92 C CAC VF
  • Phelps, Charlotte Madeline (January 22, 1889-) b. San Jose.
    F2*
  • Phifer, Ardene (October 3, 1895-May 31, 1949) b. California, MO; d. Stockton. Came to California in 1930.
    F2*
  • Phillips, Barre (October 27, 1934-) b. San Francisco.
    CAC
  • Pinkham, Adelaide (June 2, 1843-June 5, 1920) b. Morrisville, NY; d. San Francisco. Spent more than 30 years in California.
    F2
  • Piutti, William Ludwig. Appointed to the Conservatory of Music of the University of the Pacific in 1896. Lived in San Francisco 1901-1906.
    HM
  • Planel, Louis Theophile. (1804-January 5, 1889) b. Montivideo, Uraguay; d. Paris, France. In San Francisco from 1851-1874.
    CP
  • Plonsey, Daniel John (September 1, 1958-) b. Cleveland, OH.
  • Plonsky, Peter (April 23, 1943-) b. Brooklyn, NY.
    CAC
  • Pomeroy, (Jim) James Calwell, Jr. (March 21, 1945-) b. Reading, PA.
    AG
  • Post, Alexander (October 28, 1931-) b. Akron, OH.
    C
  • Pouch, Maurice (January 10, 1913-) b. San Francisco.
    W
  • Powell, Teddy (March 1, 1906-) b. Oakland.
    F2*
  • Pratt, John Haraden (November 20, 1848-February 26, 1938) b. Freeport, ME. Came to California in 1873.
    E F F2 T W
  • Pray, Ada Jordan (??) b. CA. Oroville resident ca. 1950.
    F2
  • Preobrajenska, Vera N. (April 27, 1926-) b. San Francisco.
    CAC D F2*
  • Pritchard, Roger (February 18, 1940-) b. Prestbury, England.
    CAC
  • Ptaszynska, Marta (July 29, 1943-) b. Warsaw, Poland
    AG CAC
  • Purvis, Richard Irven (August 25, 1915-) b. San Francisco. Organist, choir director, composer.
    CAC F2* S
  • Pusina, Jan (August 5, 1940-) b. Los Angeles.
    CAC
  • Puyans, Emilio (May 22, 1883-) b. Santiago, Cuba. Spent 10 years in California. Also a flutist.
    F F2 W

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  • Raab, Harvey (December 11, 1911-) b. Chico.
    W
  • Ralston, Leonard (1919-) b. Little Falls, NJ. Came to California in 1936.
    F2*
  • Ratner, Leonard Gilbert (July 30, 1916-) b. Minneapolis, MN. Came to California in 1918.
    B92 CAC F2* VF W
  • Rauhut, Martin (January 17, 1914) b. San Francisco.
    F2*
  • Ray, John Mensforth (??) b. South Shieids County, Durham, English.
    F2*
  • Redding, Joseph Deign. (September 13, 1859-November 21, 1932) b. Sacramento; d. San Francisco.
    F F2 VF W
  • Redman, Joshua (February 1, 1969- ) b. Berkeley
  • Reich, Steve (Stephen) Michael (October 3, 1936-) b. New York, NY. In the Bay Area from 1963 to 1966.
    AG B92 C CAC
  • Reid, Wendy
  • Reynolds, Belinda (1967- ) b. Texas.
  • Reynolds, Malvina. (nee Milder). (August 23, 1900-March 17, 1978). b. San Francisco; d. Berkeley
    AG
  • Rich, Robert (??)
    VF
  • Riley, Terry Mitchell (June 24, 1935-) b. Colfax, CA. In San Fransisco from 1955 to 1980.
    AG B92 CAC VF
  • Rinder, Reuben R. (1887-) b. Austria. Cantor, Temple Emanu-El. San Francisco resident in the 1950-60s.
    D F2*
  • Ritschy, Val C. (October 12, 1908-) b. San Francisco.
    F2*
  • Robair, Gino
  • Roberts, Lee S. (November 12, 1884-September 11, 1949) b. Oakland; d. Napa.
    F2
  • Roberts, Leland G. (??)
    F2
  • Roberts, Myron J. (January 30, 1912) b. San Diego.
    CAC
  • Roeckel, Joseph (Jean Guillaume) (February 10, 1827-August 15, 1906) b. France?; d. San Francisco. Came to California in 1876.
    F2 W
  • Rogovoy, George (April 18, 1880-July 4, 1950) b. Kiev, Russia; d. San Francisco. Came to California in 1929.
    F2*
  • Rolnick, Neil Burton (October 22, 1947-) b. Dallas, TX.
    AG CAC
  • Roma, Caro (real name Carrie Northey) (September 10,1866-October 23, 1937) b. East Oakland, CA; d. Oakland. Owner of a music store in Oakland. See Hunt, Rockwell D. California and Californians, volume 5.
    AG E F T W
  • Roma, Elise Pardow (January 15, 1858-??) b. San Francisco
    F F2 W WH
  • Rosen, Jerome William (July 23, 1921-) b. Boston, MA. Faculty at UC Davis from 1952 until 1988.
    AG B92 C CAC
  • Rosenbloom, Sydney (June 25, 1889-) b. Edinburgh, Scotland. Came to California in 1930.
    F
  • Rosenboom, David Charles (September 9, 1947-) b. Fairfield, IO. In the Bay Area from 1979 to 1990.
    AG B92
  • Rosewald, Jacob H. (May 23, 1841-October 25, 1895) b. Baltimore; d. San Francisco. Came to California in 1884.
    F F2 W
  • Rotsch, V. E. (Gene) (April 1, 1917-) b. Cortez, CO. Conductor, music director, educator, composer. Stockton resident ca. 1948.
    S
  • Rouyer, Maurice (March 13, 1885-) b. near Bordeaux, France. Pianist, teacher and composer. Came to California in 1920. Also used the name Georges Maurice.
    F2* R
  • Rudhyar, Dane (March 23, 1895-September 13, 1985) b. Paris, France; d. San Francisco.
    AG B92 CAC E F2 R T VF
  • Runyan, Charles Merton (December 21, 1896-) b. Spencer, IA. Pianist, organist, composer. Came to California in 1927.
    F2* R S
  • Ruppenthal, Stephen Cranston (June 3, 1949-) b. Berkeley.
    AG
  • Rush, Loren (August 23, 1935-) b. Fullerton.
    AG B92 C CAC VF
  • Russo, William Joseph (June 25, 1928-) b. Chicago, IL. Composer in residence in the City and County of San Francisco, 1975-1976.
    AG B92 CAC VF

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  • Sabin, Wallace Arthur (December 15, 1860-December 8, 1937) b. Culworth, England; d. Berkeley. Came to San Francisco in 1895. Resided in Berkeley in the 1930s.
    AG B92 F F2 VF T W WH
  • Sacco, (Patrick) Peter (October 25, 1928-) b. Albion, NY. Faculty at SF State from 1959 to 1980.
    AG B92 C
  • Salz, Henri E. (April 9, 1878-??) b. Centerville, CA. Studied in San Francisco.
    F F2
  • Sandifur, Dale E. (March 31, 1913-) b. Columbus, IN. Came to California in 1924. Berkeley resident ca. 1950.
    F2*
  • Schaakey, Pauline Ench (July 17, 1893-) b. Oakland.
    F2*
  • Schiller, Frederick. b. Munich, Germany.
    W
  • Schmidt, Daniel W. (April 12, 1942-) b. New Brunswick, NJ.
    CAC
  • Schmidt, Louis.
    CP
  • Schmitz, Elie Robert (February 8, 1889-September 5, 1949) b. Paris; d. San Francisco. Came to California in 1937.
    B40 E F2* T
  • Schneider, Edward Faber (October 3, 1872-July 1, 1950) b. Omaha, NB; d. San Jose. Taught at Mills 1910 to 1936.
    AG B40 B92 E F F2* W
  • Schott, John
  • Schramm, Paloma (August 30, 1888-) b. San Francisco.
    F2
  • Schultz, Charles. Leader of the Lyceum Orchestra.
    CP
  • Schultz, Karl W. (??) Came to U.S. in 1903. Lived in San Francisco for several years.
    F2 W
  • Scott, Gustav A. (ca. 1829- ) b. Hannover, Germany.
    CP M W
  • Search, Frederick Preston (July 22, 1889-November 1, 1959) b. Pueblo, CO; Carmel Valley, near Jamesburg. Came to California in 1894. Resident of Carmel by the Sea in the 1930s.
    B92 E F F2 W
  • Search, Sarah O. (??)
  • Seeger, Charles Louis, Jr. (December 14, 1886-February 7, 1979) b. Mexico City, Mexico; d. Bridgewater, CN. Professor of Music at UC Berkeley from 1912-1919.
    AG QB40 B92 CAC F T W
  • Sender, (Barayon) Ramon (October 29, 1934-) b. Madrid, Spain.
    AG B92 C VF
  • Sessions, Roger (December 28, 1896-March 16, 1985) b. Brooklyn, NY; d. Princeton, NJ. Taught at UC Berkeley from 1944 to 1953 and 1966-1967.
    AG B92 CAC E T VF
  • Seymour, John Laurence (January 18, 1893-February 2, 1986) b. Los Angeles. Head of the drama department at Sacramento Junior College from 1926-1950.
    AG CAC E F2* T
  • Shaff, Stanley M. (February 14, 1929-) b. San Francisco.
    CAC
  • Shere, Charles (August 20, 1935-) b. Berkeley.
    AG CAC
  • Sherwin, Sterling (Milt Hagen / John Milton Hagen) (December 3, 1896-) b. Omaha, NB. Came to California ca. 1909.
    D F2
  • Sheinfeld, David (September 20, 1910-) b. St. Louis. Came to California in 1935.
    D F2*
  • Sherwin, Sterling (December 3, 1896-) b. Omaha, NB.
    F*
  • Shifrin, Seymour (February 28, 1926-September 26, 1979) b. New York, NY; d. Boston, MA. Taught at UC Berkeley from 1952 to 1966.
    AG B92 C CAC D T
  • Shinbrot, Mark S. (July 7, 1945-) b. Los Angeles.
    CAC
  • Shurtleff, Lynn Richard (November 3, 1939-) b. Vallejo.
    CAC
  • Silva, Giulio (December 22, 1875-1867) b. Parma, Italy. Came to California in 1926.
    F W
  • Sipp, Rod (ca. 1830- )
    W
  • Sister Rita (Watrous, Rita Dolores) (November 16, 1899-) b. Berkeley.
    F2*
  • Skinner, Edward Wellington (February 18, 1923) b. Philadelphia, PA. Came to California in 1925. San Leandro resident ca. 1950.
    F2*
  • Slawson, A. Wayne (December 29, 1932-) b. Detroit, MI. UCDavis faculty.
    CAC
  • Sloane, Annie. In San Francisco ca. 1920
    WH
  • Slusser, David
  • Smale, Lola Gwin. (??) b. Nebraska. Came to California in 1892. Berkeley resident ca. 1950.
    F F2*
  • Smith, Jane Schoonover (September 28, 1926-) b. Fort Worth, TX. Came to California in 1943. Richmond resident ca. 1950.
    F2*
  • Smith, Leland (August 6, 1925-) b. Oakland.
    AG B92 CAC D
  • Smith, William Overton (September 22, 1926-) b. Sacramento. Richmond resident ca. 1950.
    AG B92 CAC F2* T
  • Soulé, Anne Bacon (May 25, 1927-) b. San Francisco.
    F2*
  • Spadina, Angelo (October 27, 1836-November 10, 1914) b. Como, Italy; d. San Francisco. Leader of the Park Band.
    M W
  • Sparr, Oreste (December 1, 1891-) b. Italy. Came to California in 1920.
    F2*
  • St. Edmunds, John -- see Edmunds, John
  • Sprung, David R. (October 24, 1931-) b. Jersey City, NJ.
    CAC
  • Stahl, Richard (ca. 1865- )
    W
  • Stanton, Royal (October 23, 1916-) b. Los Angeles.
    CAC
  • Stark, Edward E. (1860-April 22, 1918) b. Hohenems, Austria. Came to California in 1894.
    F2*
  • Stern, Alfred Barnard (December 6, ??-) b. Boston, MA.
    CAC
  • Stewart, Humphrey John (May 22, 1854-December 18, 1932) b. London, England; d. San Diego, California. Came to San Francisco in 1886. Went to San Diego in 1915.
    AG B40 B92 E F F2 T W
  • Stookey, Nathaniel (1970- ) b. San Francisco
  • Stone, Carl (February 10, 1953-) b. Los Angeles.
    AG B92
  • Stone, Mrs. Cecil Hollis Stone
    D
  • Stone, Malcolm A. (August 5, 1934-) b. Hollywood.
    CAC
  • Stone, Roberta Russell Summers (pseud. Egdon Heath) (November 4, 1886-) b. Jacksonville, FL. Came to California in 1906.
    F F2* W
  • Stover, Franklin Howard (November 5, 1953-) b. Sacramento.
    CAC
  • Strang, Gerald (February 13, 1908-October 2, 1983) b. Claresholm, Canada; d. Loma Linda, CA.
    AG B92 CAC D T W
  • Strange, Allen (John Allen) (June 26, 1943-) b. Calexico.
    AG CAC
  • Stricklen, Edward Griffith (1880-1950) b. California; d. Berkeley?
    W
  • Subotnik, Morton (April 14, 1933) b. Los Angeles. Taught at Mills College from 1959 to 1966.
    AG B92 C T
  • Sunshine, Gabriel (ca. 1904-) b. Siedlea?, Poland.
    W
  • Susa, Conrad (April 26, 1935-) b. Springdale, PA.
    CAC
  • Swearingen, Donald
  • Swickard, Ralph (November 17, 1922-) b. San Jose.
    CAC
  • Swift, Richard (September 24, 1927-) b. Middlepoint, OH. Taught at UC Davis from 1956.
    AG B92 C CAC D

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  • Taxman, Barry (May 14, 1922-) b. Rock Island, IL.
    CAC
  • Tebbs, Charles Harding (March 20, 1841-??) b. London, England. Came to California in 1888.
    F F2 W
  • Teller, John dePeyster Jr. (September 29, 1876-March 23, 1914) b. San Francisco.
    F2*
  • Thomas, John Patrick (March 26, 1941-) b. Denver, CO.
    C
  • Thomas, Michael Tilson (December 21, 1944-) b. Los Angeles.
    AG B92 T VF
  • Thow, John (October 6, 1949-March 4, 2007) b. Los Angeles, d. Berkeley
  • Tippett, Constance (ca. 1875- ) b. San Francisco.
    W
  • Timm, Kenneth (November 2, 1934-) b. San Francisco.
    CAC
  • Tolleson, Walter Gist III. (1925-October 26, 1997) b. Los Angeles; Honolulu, Hawaii.
    VF
  • Towner, Edwin Earl (March 3, 1890-) b. Latah, Washington. Graduated from the College of the Pacific in 1910.
    E F F2 W
  • Troyer, Carlos (1837-July 26, 1920) b. Mainz, Germany; d. San Francisco.
    AG E F F2 W
  • Tullis, Walter (October 11, 1917-) b. Hamilton, Ontario. Came to California in 1918.
    F2*
  • Turitz, Eugene (March 13, 1941-) b. March 13, 1941
    C
  • Turner, Godfrey (March 27, 1913-December 7, 1948) b. Manchester, England; d. New York, NY. Taught at San Francisco Conservatory from 1938 to 1943.
    AG B92 T W
  • Tyranny, "Blue" Gene (January 1, 1945-) b. San Antonio, TX. Taught keyboard at Mills College, 1971-1981.
    AG

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  • Underwood, Florence White (August 27, 1906-) b. Donnybrook, ND. Came to California in 1943.
    F2*
  • Underwood, Ian (May 22, 1939-) b. New York, NY.
    C
  • Underwood, Lucas (November 22, 1902-) b. Salzburg, Austria.
    CAC
  • Unruh, David P. (1887-June 15, 1950) b. Henderson, NB; d. Oakland. Teacher of voice, choral conductor, composer. Came to California in 1923. Oakland Tribune June 16, 1950.
    F2* S
  • Upshur, Claire Harsha (August 9, 1889-) b. Omaha, NB. Came to California in 1918.
    D F2*
  • Urner, Catherine M. (March 23, 1891-April 30, 1942) b. Mitchell, IN; d. San Diego
    AG
  • Usigli, Gastone (November 25, 1897-March 8, 1956) b. Venice, Italy; d. San Francisco. Composer, conductor. Came to California in 1926.
    B40 E F F2* R S W

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  • Vallejo, Francisca (1875-) b. Vallejo. Composer, librettist.
    R
  • Van Cleve, Bertram Dorian (July 18, 1899) b. San Francisco.
    F2*
  • Vargas, Guillaume (March 26, 1878-July 20, 1924) b. Buenos Aires, Argentina; d. Oakland. Came to California in 1903. Alameda resident ca. 1920.
    F F2 W WH
  • Vogt, Theodore (August 6, 1852-September 2, 1926) b. Hamburg, Germany; d. San Francisco. Director of the Tivoli Opera, Columbia Theatre, settled in San Francisco in 1878
    F W
  • Von der Medhen, Jr., J. Louis, (July 20, 1873-??) b. San Francisco; d. Idaho. Most of his compositions were destroyed in the 1906 fire.
    F F2* W

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  • Wachtmeister, Axel Raoul, Count (April 2, 1865-December 12, 1947) b. London, England; d. Paris, France. "Lived for a time in San Francisco."
    B40 B92 E F F2 T W
  • Waldrop, Uda (March 20, 1885-June 9, 1951) b. Perryville, Arkansas. Came to California in 1892. Composer, organist, pianist, choral director, composer.
    F R S W
  • Walker, Shirley (April 10, 1945-November 30, 2006) b. Napa, d. Reno, NV.
  • Ward, William Reed. (May 20, 1918-) b. Norton, KS. Came to California in 1947.
    C CAC D F2*
  • Warnke, Frederick William [Fritz] (November 1, 1892-June 30, 1938) b. Alameda; d. San Francisco.
    F F2 W
  • Watkins, Mary. b. Denver, CO.
  • Weber, Bertha Anna (March 31, 1887-1861) b. New Baden, IL. Came to California in 1887. Resident of Berkeley in the 1930s.
    F W
  • Weber, Joseph F. (July 31, 1937-) b. Antioch, CA.
    C CAC
  • Weeks, Anson (February 14, 1896-February 7, 1969) b. Oakland; d. Sacramento
  • Weeks, Jack (February 6, 1921-) b. Sacramento.
    F2*
  • Weil, Oscar (June 2, 1839-April 14, 1921) b. Columbia County, N.Y.; d. San Francisco. Came to San Francisco in 1868.
    CP F F2 W
  • Weiler, Erich (August 19, 1893-) b. Ottweiler, Germany.
    F2*
  • Weiss, Adolph (September 12, 1891-February 21, 1971) b. Baltimore, MD; d. Van Nuys. Bassoonist of the San Francisco Symphony, 1936.
    AG B40 B92 CAC E F2* T W
  • Weiss, Arthur (1869-) b. Hungary. Came to California in 1896. Berkeley resident ca. 1950.
    F2*
  • Wendt, Larry (Lawrence) Frederick (April 5, 1946-) b. Napa.
    AG
  • Westgate, Elizabeth (1871-) b. Massachusetts; d. Alameda. Came to California in 1880.
    F F2
  • Whistler, Harvey S. (1907-) b. Fresno.
    R
  • Whitcomb, Pearl Hossack (March 1888-) b. San Francisco.
    F F2
  • White, Charles Perry (Robin White) (February 18, 1906-) b. England. Came to California in 1912. Alameda resident ca. 1912.
    F2*
  • Whitwell, Craig Martin (April 21, 1948-) b. Santa Rosa.
    CAC
  • Widener, Stanley F. (February 1, 1873-) b. Covington, Ohio.
    F2
  • Wildman, Leslie

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  • Yagodka, Tomo (March 22, 1897-) b. Trenton, NJ. Came to California in 1925. Camarillo resident ca. 1950.
    F2* W
  • Yanke, Hugo -- see Mansfeldt, Hugo.
  • Yoell, Laurence Vincent (October 28, 1898-) b. San Francisco.
    F2*
  • Z, Pamela
  • Zafos, Harold (1900-) b. Samsoun, Turkey. Came to California in 1926.
    F2*
  • Zaun, Marian Virginia (May 27, 1925-) b. San Francisco.
    F2*
  • Zech, Frederick (May 10, 1850-October, 1926) b. Philadelphia, PA; d. San Francisco. Came to California in 1860.
    AG B92 F F2 VF W
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