Donald Erb (b. Youngstown, Ohio, United States, January 17, 1927; d. Cleveland Heights, Ohio, August 12, 2008) was an American composer best known for large orchestral works such as Concerto for Brass and Orchestra and Ritual Observances.
Erb was born in Youngstown, Ohio, graduated from Lakewood High School, a Cleveland suburb, and gained early recognition as a trumpet player for a local dance band. Following a stint in the Navy during World War II, he continued his career as a jazz trumpeter and enrolled at Kent State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in music in 1950. Three years later, he earned a Master of Music degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music. In 1964, Erb earned a Doctorate in Music from Indiana University, where he studied with Bernard Heiden.
Honors and awards
In the course of his career, Erb earned considerable recognition. He received the Prix de Rome and was composer-in-residence with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. He was Distinguished Professor of Composition, Emeritus, at the Cleveland Institute of Music in Cleveland, Ohio. He has received grants and fellowships from the Rockefeller, Guggenheim, Ford, Fromm, and Koussevitzky foundations.
Erb's notable students include James Aikman, Margaret Brouwer, Nickitas J. Demos, David Dzubay, Ken Durling, Tim Geller, Joseph Hallman, John S. Hilliard, Christopher Kaufman, Tom Knab, John Krol, John Mackey, Frank Wiley, and Jerod Impichchaachaaha' Tate.
He died at his home in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, on August 12, 2008, at the age of 81.
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