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Birth date for Marilyn Ham


We have a student performing one of Marilynn Ham's pieces on a recital and need her birth date for the program.  Does anyone know that date or know where I can find it?  I have visited her website.  Could not find it.  Sent email to contact email address on website.  No answer.
 
Would appreciate your help!
on February 18, 2015 6:00am
Try phoning the Music Dept.'s main number at Bethel College where she works; the person who answers will probably be able to find it for you:  574.807.7555.
 
on February 19, 2015 5:34am
And by the way, that's Bethel College in Indiana, not Minnesota.
on March 6, 2015 9:26am
It may be that the composer doesn't necessarily want people to know her birth date/age. If this piece of information is not easily accessible, maybe that's her way of politely declining the use of it. I know I simply don't tell my students my age because they don't need to know everything about me. I'm sorry this response may not be the most helpful; maybe by not listing dates for her on the program the audience will understand that she is still alive.
Missy
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on March 7, 2015 8:42am
I always put date of composition rather than birth date for living composers, in part to respect the privacy of the composer, but also because that information is more useful for the audience. Why do we put composer dates in the program anyway? To help the audience place the composition in the context of music (or world) history. If I'm doing a piece by somebody born in 1938 it's more useful for the audience to know whether it was written in 1964 or 2014 than it is to know the composer's birth year.
 
P.S. that info is easier to find, too, since it's almost always the same as the copyright date printed on the composition.
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