Harold Heiberg

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Harold Heiberg, musician, was born Feb. 6, 1922 in a log house in Heiberg, Minnesota, to Gerda and Andreas Heiberg, and died on June 17, 2013.

Beginning piano lessons at age 8 in Twin Valley, he soon moved on to organ, playing full church services by age 12. He finished high school with honors, then graduated from St. Olaf College as Bachelor of Music, magna cum laude.

Following 33 months of service in WW II in the U.S. Army Signal Corps intelligence as a German translator, he continued piano study with Karl Ulrich Schnabel in New York City and at Lago di Como, Italy.

After playing 75 recitals for the U.S. State Department in Europe, he returned for further study with Leonard Shure in Cleveland and New York, where he came under the tutelage of vocal pedagogue Cornelius Reid.

For 15 years he served as Minister of Music in Trinity Lutheran Church, Brooklyn, New York, where he met and married his beloved wife, Eva.

In 1971, after playing a successful debut piano recital in Lincoln Center, he accepted the newly created position of vocal coach in the voice department of the now College of Music, University of North Texas in Denton, retiring as full professor in 2004.

From 1969 to 2007, interrupted by a month in Taiwan in 1986, he taught German art song at the summer sessions of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Freiburg, Germany, and Graz, Austria.

Distinguished as an accompanist, he was noted as a translator, having in print singable English versions of over 250 texts of song, choral and operatic works translated from the principal foreign languages, including the two final song cycles of Franz Schubert. He was the recipient of many awards for excellence in teaching.

Mr. Heiberg was preceded in death by an older sister, Elaine (2007), a younger brother, Lt. Lowell Heiberg (1944), a half-brother, Owen (2005), and step-mother Gladys Heiberg (2010).

Mr. Heiberg is survived by his wife, Eva Lundberg Heiberg, half-sisters Mary Larson and Margaret Wycisk, half-brother James, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Also surviving are hundreds of musical "children" scattered throughout universities, stages and schools worldwide.

Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, friends wishing to send memorials may support the Harold Heiberg Vocal/Accompanying Scholarship at the College of Music, University of North Texas, 1155 Union Circle #311367, Denton, TX 76203-5017.

 

 

 


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