Larry Wolz, D.M.

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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 Texas Music.

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.

Degrees Earned

  • Bachelor of Music, Voice, Hardin-Simmons University, 1973
  • Master of Music, Voice,Hardin-Simmons University, 1974
  • Master of Music, Musicology, Texas Christian University, 1976
  • Ph.D., Musicology, College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, 1983
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