Larry Wolz, professor of music history and literature and
head of the HSU Department of Music History and Literature, joined the music
faculty at Hardin-Simmons University in 1978. He teaches most of the music
history and literature courses in both undergraduate and graduate curricula as
well as vocal pedagogy.
Wolz was trained as a singer but also plays the organ and
has been a church organist for more than 40 years and holds the service playing
certification (SPC) in the American Guild of Organists. Wolz has lectured on
musical topics not only at national and international scholarly conferences,
but also for a wider general public. Most recently, he has provided pre-concert
lectures for the Ruidoso Chamber Music Festival.
His research interests in recent years have centered on
Texas music history studies. He is working on a book about the life and works
of Frank Valentine van der Stucken (1858-1929), probably the most famous
Texas-born musician of the 19th century. Wolz authored a chapter on
the German contribution to music in Texas in The Roots of Texas Music (Texas A&M Press, 2003) and wrote a
number of articles for The Handbook of
He has also contributed two articles to the forthcoming New Grove Dictionary of American Music.
Over the years he has published articles on a wide variety of subjects in
journals and magazines including: College
Music Symposium, Opera Journal, The
American Organist, NATS Bulletin, and The
Hymn. Wolz served as an associate editor for The Hymn, the journal of the Hymn Society in the United States and
Canada (2002-2008). Wolz also has a number of organ compositions published by
Harold Flammer Music and Broadman Press/Genevox/Church Street Press.
- Bachelor of Music, Voice, Hardin-Simmons
- Master of Music, Voice,Hardin-Simmons University, 1974
- Master of Music, Musicology, Texas Christian
- Ph.D., Musicology, College-Conservatory of
Music, University of Cincinnati, 1983