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Howard B. Waltz papers

Identifier: CoU-AMRC-93

Scope and Content

Collection consists of awards, articles, clippings of performances 1930-1999, piano pedagogy, sheet music and songbooks, student recital programs 1941-1979, reel-to- reel tapes of performances, and original compositions.


  • Creation: 1930-1999


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright is not held by the American Music Research Center. Requests to publish materials should be directed to the copyright holder.

Biography of Howard B. Waltz

Howard Bryant Waltz was born on March 29, 1913, in Arcadia, Indiana, the son of Peter D. Waltz and Ora Bryant. He was the youngest of five children. Mr. Waltz grew up in a small Midwestern town in the twenties that he has said was idyllic and timeless. He began his love for music at an early age. He played trombone, piano and pump-organ in a town band, Methodist church, school chorus and orchestra. His best friend was his first cousin, Ramona Wilson (later Keummich) who also shared his joy of music.

He graduated from DePauw University and University of Wisconsin, Madison with a Masters in Music. He also studied at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago and Ecole des Beaux Arts, Fontainebleau, France. He studied piano with Robert Casadesus and took classes with Nadia Boulanger and Paul Bazelaire.

Mr. Waltz taught at the Pillsbury Academy in Owatonna, Minnesota, from 1937-1938; DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana, 1939-1942; University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, 1942-1975. At the University of Colorado he was an inspired teacher of piano, helped develop the music library, collaborated on the development of the music history department, graduate courses and doctoral programs.

He composed songs, sonatas, orchestrations, and also major scores for the dance department under the leadership of his colleague and friend, Charlotte Irey. He performed a wide range of keyboard and chamber literature. After his cousin, Ramona Keummich moved to Boulder in 1946, the two explored the large and varied repertoire for one piano, four hands. He was also a very active and influential member of the Colorado State Music Teachers Association. He also wrote many music reviews for the CSMTA Newsletter and the Boulder Daily Camera.

Howard Waltz died a beloved teacher, colleague, and mentor, on April 2, 2000, in Boulder, Colorado.


4 linear feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials


Arrangement of compositions

Arranged by genre.

Physical Location

Housed in American Music Research Center.

Acquisition history

Donated by Waltz' niece, Jane Grissmer (copyright holder), Kensington, MD


Processed by:
Cassandra M. Volpe, Archivist
Date Completed:
May, 2000
Encoded by:
Eric J. Petersen
Guide to the Howard B. Waltz papers, 1930-1999
Conversion Draft
Processed by Cassandra M. Volpe, Archivist; machine-readable finding aid created by Eric J. Petersen
May, 2000
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Rare and Distinctive Collections Repository

1720 Pleasant Street
184 UCB
Boulder Colorado 80503 United States