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One of the five famous son's of Wahoo, Howard Hanson was born
Oct. 28, 1896 in Wahoo to Swedish parents. He was first taught
music by his mother and progressed to various locations to expand on
his musical education, first attending Luther College in Wahoo and
later moved on to Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
By 1919, Howard became the Dean of the Conservatory of Fine Arts.
In 1921, he was awarded the first American Prix de Rome in Music for
his "California Forest Play of 1920".
Howard had a long lasting impact on music education when in 1924
George Eastman selected Howard to be director of the Eastman School
of Music in Rochester, NY. Hanson ran the school for 40 years,
retiring in 1964. In 1925, Hanson began a series of orchestral
concerts to showcase American Composers.
His career highlights include:
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