Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

April 3, 2006

Whitworth to Host Annual Hans Moldenhauer Memorial Lecture April 17

Composer and music instructor Donivan Johnson will explore the life and legacy of Hans Moldenhauer during the 2006 Hans Moldenhauer Memorial Lecture at Whitworth College. Johnson's lecture, "Excelsior!," will take place Monday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Building Recital Hall at Whitworth College. The event is free and open to the public.

A reception immediately following the lecture will include a display of scores, books and original sketches from the Moldenhauer Archives at Whitworth, housed in Cheney Cowles Memorial Library. For more information, please call (509) 777-3280.

The lecture's title is drawn from Moldenhauer's motto, which, translated from the Latin means "Ever upward!" The lecture, which takes place during the centennial year of Moldenhauer's birth, will focus on Moldenhauer's achievements and his work as author, performer, teacher, administrator, archivist, mountaineer, Spokane resident and Whitworth alumnus.

During the lecture, Johnson will share his original research and the results of his work updating and re-cataloguing the Moldenhauer Archives at Whitworth. Johnson's presentation will include photographs and audio recordings of Moldenhauer. Whitworth's Moldenhauer Archives comprises items including musical instruments, LP recordings, books and letters related to Moldenhauer and other musicians and composers such as David Kozinski, Diane Chilgren, Gregory Short and Karl Amadeus Hartmann.

Monday morning Johnson will be a guest on KPBX 91.1 FM Public Radio during the program "Classical Music with Verne Windham." Johnson will discuss some of the masterworks that are in the Moldenhauer Archive and will perform the piano version of his "Three Theological Sentences," which he composed in 1987 in memory to Moldenhauer.

Johnson inaugurated the Hans Moldenhauer Lecture in 1994 to honor the memory of Moldenhauer, a renowned musicologist and archivist (1906-1987). He was born in Germany and immigrated to the United States in 1938. After serving in the U.S. Army, he settled in Spokane and was the first student to attend Whitworth College under the G.I. Bill. Moldenhauer earned a B.A. in music in 1945 and was awarded an honorary doctor of music degree by Whitworth in 1986.

The annual Hans Moldenhauer Lecture focuses on contemporary music and its place in society and music education. Mary Moldenhauer, Hans' widow, is an avid and generous supporter of the annual lecture and of the arts in Spokane.

Johnson holds a master of arts in composition degree from California State University, Northridge. Since 1991 he has served as the K-12 music instructor for the Selkirk School District. In October 2005, Johnson was invited to present his paper on the composer Anton Webern at the National Conference for The Society of Composers, in Greensboro, North Carolina. He also has four entries in Music History from Primary Sources: A Guide to the Moldenhauer Archives published by The Library of Congress.

This is Johnson's sixth appearance at Whitworth as the Hans Moldenhauer Memorial guest lecturer. His previous Whitworth lectures include "Mahler: Prophet of Love and Death" (2000); "Rite and Requiem: The Age of Stravinsky" (2001); "The Ambient Music of Erik Satie" (2003); "I Like A Webern Tune" (2004); and "A Connecticut Yankee in the Classical Court: The Music of Charles Ives" (2005).

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The college enrolls 2,400 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.


Donivan Johnson, music instructor, d_j@hotmail.comor or djohnson@selkirk.k12.wa.us.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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