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Dr. Harold M. Dunn

 Annual Faculty Lecturer 1982 - 1983

Dr. Harold M. Dunn was born in Sacramento, California, and was raised in the San Francisco Bay area. He began his study of the violin at the age of eight. During his high school and college years, he had a highly successful record in track.


He received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Occidental College. The history of jazz was his M.A. thesis topic. In 1974, he was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree by the University of Oregon in viola performance and music history. His dissertation topic was concerned with the study of an aesthetic approach to medieval music.


His first teaching experiences were conducting high school bands in Brea, Torrance and Monrovia. He later taught choral music and conducted the orchestra at San Mateo High School for ten years, as well as coached football and track.


In 1963, he came to Santa Barbara City College to teach band, orchestra, choir and classes in music appreciation and musicianship. In recent years, Dr. Dunn has taught classes in music history and literature, jazz history, appreciation and manuscript, and conducted the Camerata Choir of 140 voices. He also teaches the art of calligraphy in the college's Continuing Education Program.


In 1975, Dr. Dunn was invited to bring his 225?voice SBCC Choir to sing at the Western States Music Educators Convention in San Francisco. His choral groups have performed, with the Santa Barbara Symphony, Handel's Messiah, Verdi's Requiem and Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. His students have sung major choral works of such composers as Mozart, Brahms, Honegger, Orff and Puccini. Last spring, the Camerata Choir gave the complete performance of the great B Minor Mass of Bach.


The Associated Students of SBCC selected him for the Top Professor Award in 1965.


He served as chairman of the Music Department from 1963 to 1976. Also, as chairman of the Fine Arts Division for 10 years, Dr. Dunn was actively involved in the planning of the new Drama? Music Complex and James R. Garvin Memorial Theatre. He was particularly concerned that the beauty of the natural setting of the building be incorporated into the architect's plans.


His faculty responsibilities have included membership on the Representative Council of the Academic Senate, chairmanship of the Committee on Instructional Reorganization, and his current membership on the Committee for General Education Requirements.


Serving music education more broadly, Dr. Dunn served on the Board of the Southern California Music Educators Conference. In 1964, he organized a state convention on the SBCC campus for all California music educators.


Dr. Dunn is a member of the Santa Barbara Musicians Union, and was a member of the Santa Barbara Symphony for many years.


The speaker is married to the former Phyllis Magnuson, who had an outstanding career as a music educator in Berkeley, California.


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