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Release: July 20, 1000

UI's Voxman receives Lifetime Achievement Award

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa Emeritus Professor of Music Himie Voxman received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Clarinet Association at its meeting July 13 at the University of Oklahoma. The award was presented honoring his "outstanding research, teaching, publication, and service to the world of clarinet."

Voxman, who taught clarinet and was director of the UI School of Music for many years, is the third member of the association and the first American to be so honored. Earlier recipients were noted British clarinetist Jack Brymer, and Guy Deplus, former professor of clarinet at the Paris Conservatory.

"I was surprised -- I didn't even know they had such a thing until a few months ago," Voxman said of the honor. "I was very pleased to receive this, and quite flattered to be put in the ranks of my predecessors with this award."

Voxman said the announcement of the award was greeted with a standing ovation. "It was wonderful to get a standing ovation before I even said a word," he said.

Voxman studied clarinet as a youth in Centerville with William Gower Sr., and in New York with legendary clarinet teacher Gustave Longenus. He earned a bachelor's degree from the UI with high distinction in chemical engineering in 1933 and a received a master's degree in 1934 in the psychology of music, studying with Carl Seashore.

He taught woodwinds in nearby public schools, and in 1939 he joined the UI faculty. He served as director of the UI School of Music from 1954 until his retirement in 1980. Voxman's numerous method books and editions of music for wind instruments have been used around the world for many years.

Voxman has received numerous professional awards and honors during his career, including the 1983 Edwin Franko Goldman Citation of the American Bandmaster's Association, in recognition of his "conspicuous service in the interest of bands and band music in America"; the 1991 National Federation Award of Merit for the Voxman Selected Studies Series for band instruments; and the Medal of Honor from the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic.

He received the UI's Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievement in 1992, and in 1995 the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, approved the request from current and former faculty, alumni and a large circle of Voxman's friends to name the Music Building after him.