Includes 11 regular boxes and 2 oversize boxes of manuscript music arranged chronologically.
The collection measures 12 linear feet. Condition of the material is somewhat fragile, single
sheet or spiral bound scores.
Joseph Willcox Jenkins was a well-known composer of more than 200 works for band, orchestra,
chorus, voice and instrumental ensembles. In 1961, Mr. Jenkins joined the music faculty at
Duquesne University, where he taught theory, orchestration and composition. He remained a
full-time faculty member until about 2009. He continued as “professor emeritus” teaching
courses through the fall of 2012.
Mr. Jenkins was born on February 15, 1928 and his young musical career started with piano
lessons at age 6, and by age 8 he was singing in his church choir.
He was a native of the Philadelphia area, who lived in Squirrel Hill and Shadyside after moving
to Pittsburgh in 1961. He held a bachelor's degree in pre-law from St. Joseph University. He
earned both a bachelor's and master's degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where he
studied under Howard Hanson. He concluded his musical studies with a doctorate in music from
Mr. Jenkins was in the Army during the Korean War era and served on the arranging staff of the
Army Field Band and the Armed Forces Radio Network and as the chief arranger for the Army
Chorus. In 2007, the Army Chorus presented "A Tribute to Joseph Willcox Jenkins."
After his military service, Mr. Jenkins was one of 12 young composers to be chosen for a grant
from the Ford Foundation to spend a year as a composer in residence at a major high school. He
spent his year in Evanston, Illinois, then went to work as a music editor for Schmitt, Hall and
McCreary in Minneapolis.
He received the Omicron Delta Kappa Teacher of the Year Award in 2000.
In addition to his work at Duquesne, Mr. Jenkins served as organist and choir director at various
local churches, including St. Bernard Catholic Church in Mt. Lebanon, the Presbyterian Church
of Sewickley and Rodef Shalom Temple in Shadyside.
After a long musical career, impacting many lives as composer and teacher, Joseph Jenkins passed
away on January 31, 2014 at the age of 85.