NTSU Notes, February 1980 Page: 4
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he makes his living. The true composer
will do what he believes he has to do
and nothing can stop him, God help
In July of 1978 Dr. William Peters
Latham became Distinguished Professor
of Music, the eighth Distinguished
Professor in NTS U's history to receive
the university's highest rank. Currently
Director of Graduate Studies in Music,
Latham has been at NTSU since 1965.
He spent nineteen years previously at
University of Northern Iowa teaching
theory and composition.
He holds degrees from the University
of Cincinnati, College of Music of
Cincinnati, and Eastman School of
Music. He has received numerous
awards and commissions. His
compositions, numbering over ninety,
have been performed all over the United
States and in Europe, Canada, and
For two years of his military service
Latham was a cavalry bandsman. After
the next two years in the infantry he was
awarded the Purple Heart.
He married Joan Seyler, also a
composer, in 1946. He has three
children. Leslie Virginia, William
Peters, and Carol Jean.
The Eugene Conley scholarship has
been awarded to tenor Robert Cole,
voice major from Gainesville. The $500
prize was given by the Jack and
Rebecca Vandergriff Scholarship Fund
of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Guild in honor of Conley, retired
resident-tenor of the NTSU School of
Music and international star of opera,
radio and TV.
* (above left) Billy Latham, Wilmore, Ken-
luck . 1929 * (center) Latham as a student at
the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music,
1937 * (above right) Lt. Latham,. 99th In-
tantry. U.S. Army, 1945 * (above) Joan
Latham copies parts for the composer's
"Escapades," Cedar Falls. Iowa, 1964
Three NTSU organists have been
recognized for unusual performances.
For the second consecutive year, Debora
Dunn-Clark, Bloomsburg, Pa., won first
prize at the MTNA divisional collegiate
organ competition. Contestants were
from the four-state area of Texas,
Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.
This year's competition was held in San
Antonio. Chris Bullock, Hobbs, N.M.,
won second place in the American Guild
of Organists competition in Waco.
Thomas Froehlich, Appleton, Wi., has
recorded an album of Anton Heiller's
compositions for the Musical Heritage
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