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Andrew Mihalso

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Andrew Mihalso, professor emeritus and former chair of the music department at Trinity. He died in San Antonio on Tuesday,
Jan. 5, 2010, after a brief illness.  Professor Mihalso was 75.

A nationally recognized pianist, Professor Mihalso will be remembered as a talented performer and teacher who was a member of the Trinity faculty for more than 40 years.

Born in 1934 in Pueblo, Colo., Professor Mihalso received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. 

He came to San Antonio in 1958 while in the military and soon began his association with the University.  When he left the service, he became a full-time member of the music department teaching piano performance and music literature.  Named a full professor in 1976, he served as chair of the music department for several terms.  He retired in 1999. 

During his years at the University, Professor Mihalso made frequent appearances in concert, giving both solo and collaborative performances.  He was an active scholar in the areas of piano literature and opera, particularly the works of Wagner and Verdi.  His critical reviews on Wagner were published in the New York Wagner Society Magazine and his articles on the composer and painter M.K. Ciurlionis were published in The Greenwood Press Dictionary of Slavic Music and The American Music Teacher magazine.

Professor Mihalso was frequently called to judge local, national, and international music competitions including events held by the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Shreveport Symphony, the San Antonio Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the San Antonio International Piano Competition, and the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Competition.

He was proud to be an honorary member of the Tuesday Musical Club of San Antonio where, for more than 20 years, he served as the director of the piano ensemble department and gave lessons to teams of pianists and presented two recitals a year with the ensemble at the Tuesday Musical Club Concert Hall in Brackenridge Park.

Professor Mihalso was also recognized as an outstanding educator.  The Texas Music Teachers Association named him Teacher of the Year in 1982 and he was honored at Trinity with the Z.T. Scott Faculty Fellowship for Outstanding Teaching and Advising in 1990. In addition, he served as president of the San Antonio Music Teachers Association, the Texas Music Teachers Association, and the South Central Division of Music Teachers National Association.  He also spent six years on the board of directors of the Music Teachers National Association. 

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010, in the Parker Chapel. The Rev. Raymond Judd will officiate.  In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in memory of Andrew Mihalso to the Trinity University music department.


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