Emma Lou Diemer A bio Bibliography, interesting reading
Emma Lou Diemer was born in Kansas City, Missouri.
Emma Lou Diemer was born in Kansas City, Missouri.
Her father, George Willis Diemer, was an educator (college president of the University of Central Missouri); her mother, Myrtle Casebolt Diemer, was a church worker and homemaker. Her sister, Dorothy Diemer Hendry, was an educator, poet, writer (married to Col. Wickliffe B. Hendry; their children are Betty Augsburger, Terri Sims, Alan Hendry, Bonny Gierhart). Her brothers were George W. Diemer II, an educator, Marine fighter pilot, musician, and John Irving Diemer educator, musician (his children are George W. Diemer III, René Krey, Jack Diemer, Dee Dee Diemer). Emma Lou played the piano and composed at a very early age and became organist in her church at age 13. Her great interest in composing music continued through College High School in Warrensburg, MO, and she majored in composition at the Yale Music School (BM, 1949; MM, 1950) and at the Eastman School of Music (Ph.D, 1960). She studied in Brussels, Belgium on a Fulbright Scholarship and spent two summers of composition study at the Berkshire Music Center.She taught in several colleges and was organist at several churches in the Kansas City area during the 1950s. From 1959-61 she was composer-in-residence in the Arlington, VA schools under the Ford Foundation Young Composers Project, and composed many choral and instrumental works for the schools, a number of which are still in publication. She was consultant for the MENC Contemporary Music Project before joining the faculty of the University of Maryland where she taught composition and theory from 1965-70. In 1971 she moved from the East Coast to teach composition and theory at the University of California, Santa Barbara. At UCSB she was instrumental in founding the electronic/computer music program. In 1991 she became Professor Emeritus at UCSB. Through the years she has fulfilled many commissions (orchestral, chamber ensemble, keyboard, choral, vocal) from schools, churches, and professional organizations. Most of her works are published. She has received awards from Yale University (Certificate of Merit), The Eastman School of Music (Edward Benjamin Award), the National Endowment for the Arts (electronic music project), Mu Phi Epsilon (Certificate of Merit), the Kennedy Center Friedheim Awards (for piano concerto), the American Guild of Organists (Composer of the Year), the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers/ASCAP (annually since 1962 for performances and publications), the Santa Barbara Symphony (composer-in-residence, 1990-92), the University of Central Missouri (honorary doctorate), and many others. She is an active keyboard performer (piano, organ, harpsichord, synthesizer), and in the last few years has given concerts of her own music at Washington National Cathedral, St. Mary's Cathedral and Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, and elsewhere. Emma Lou lives in Santa Barbara, California, five minutes from the Pacific ocean.
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LT DIEMER DIED WHEN HIS F4U-I CORSAIR CRASHED INTO THE OCEAN WHILE HE WAS TAKING OFF
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THE KANSAS CITY TIMES, FRIDAY.
SEPTEMBER 9. 1955. DR, DIEMER IS TO RETIRE WARRENSBURG COLLEGE PRESIDENCY TO BE GIVEN UP JUNE 1. In Addition to His Administrative Work for C. M. S. C. He Has Served on Foreign Missions and Other Groups. Dr. George IV. Diemer. Warrensburg, Mo., Sept. 8.— Dr. George W. Diemer, nationally and internationally known educator, disclosed to his faculty today his retirement as president of the Central Missouri State college, effective July 1. 1956. Coming here from the presidency of t Kansas City Teachers college in 1937, Dr. Diemer has found time, in addition to his executive duties here, to serve on five recent educational missions abroad, as well as on dozens of national regional, state and local educational and civic projects. The college he now heads, and its educational offerings have been expanded under his administration to have the largest student body and faculty in its 84-year history. Delivering the last of a series of addresses at the 3-day faculty plan day sessions, Dr. Diemer said : "Please understand that I am not retiring from work nor from needed services. I shall, however. be relieved from active duty as president of the college and as a member of the college staff. “The last eighteen years have been tremendous in the history of the world; of America, and hence of this college Problems have been complex and multitudinous, and sometimes it has been difficult to be optimistic and to keep your faith in the future.” Dr. Diemer reiterated his prediction that by 1965 the C. M. S. C. enrollment probably will double, to somewhere between 3.500 or 4.000 students. Reviewing his days as president of the teachers college in Kansas City, Dr. Diemer said I was happy in what I was doing in Kansas City, . . . but a group of school men there obtained for me an invitation to the regents. The board accepted my principle of college administration, and I was appointed as president here June 19. 1937. ” President and Mrs. Diemer entertained the faculty at a dinner tonight, and expect to greet incoming freshmen at a reception Sunday afternoon. Dr. Diemer will address the beginning class at an opening freshman orientation convocation in Hendricks Hall tomorrow. Dr. and Mrs. Diemer will receive the student body, faculty and guests at a reception to be held next Thursday at the residence.