Having begun as a singer, he became a conductor and music theorist. In 1998, his South Bend Symphonic Choir appeared on tour with the Kirov Orchestra in concerts conducted by Valery Gergiev. In 1987, IUSB named Dean Demaree a Lundquist Fellow, its most prestigious faculty prize. In 1996, he received Indiana University’s John W. Ryan Prize for international development.
Together, Moses and Demaree have written the widely adopted textbook The Complete Conductor (Prentice-Hall, 1995) and Face to Face with Orchestra and Chorus (Indiana University Press, 2nd ed., 2004), a landmark book which the late Robert Shaw called “practical, precise and thoughtful.”
Dr. Robert W. Demaree, Jr., taught forty years at Indiana University, retiring as Dean Emeritus of the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts at IU South Bend. His earlier writings centered on Joseph Haydn, beginning with The Structural Proportions of the Haydn Quartets, a systematic analysis of those seventy groundbreaking works.
The legendary Wilfred C. Bain asked him to create a music faculty at Indiana University’s IUSB campus. There he became in the 1970s one of the three founders of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, and by the 1990s the Toradze Piano Studio he conceived for IUSB had become internationally famous.
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In 1991, Dr. Moses received the First Edition of the Franz Josef Haydn Medallion, and the City of Eisenstadt and the Austrian State of Burgenland awarded him their highest honor: the “Gold Medal” for his service to the Eisenstadt in connection with the founding and continuation of the Classical Music Festival. In 1993, Dr. Moses received the Medal of Honor from the Austrian State of Burgenland.
Joseph Haydn’s time has come,
especially for his Masses and other great choral works.
Dr. Don V Moses is Director Emeritus (1988-1998) and Professor Emeritus of Music at the University of Illinois. Earlier he was a professor on the faculties of both Indiana University and the University of Iowa. Over the years 1964 - 1998, his choirs and orchestras performed coast to coast in hundreds of concerts across the United States.
From 1976 to 2000, he was the founding Music Director of the Classical Music Festival in Haydn’s own Eisenstadt, Austria, conducting over 150 concerts of symphonies, concerti, operas, and masses in the Esterházy Palace, Vienna, together with other Austrian and Hungarian venues.