KMEA Hall of Fame
Howard Halgedahl
Inducted in 1988
Howard Halgedahl received his bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona and finished a master's degree at the Eastman School of Music. During World War II he served as a bassoonist in the Army Air Force Band in Washington, DC. He became an associate professor of music theory and bassoon at Wichita State University and was assistant conductor of both the Wichita Symphony and the Wichita Youth Symphony. In 1950, Halgedahl became supervisor of music in the Winfield Public schools and there was involved in the Ford Foundation's Contemporary Music Project. He taught at the National Music Camp in Interlochen, Michigan. In 1972, Halgedahl joined the faculty at Emporia State University, where he performed with the Mid-America Woodwind Quintet.