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Dr. James C. Hunter Collection

Identifier: MSS MUSIC -Hunter

Scope and Contents

Includes 1 box of music arranged alphabetically by composer. The collection measures 1 linear foot. Fragile condition.


  • 1946 - 1981


Biographical / Historical

James Hunter, born in Glasgow Scotland, December 20, 1921, came to live in Pittsburgh with his parents in 1923. He gave his first recital at age 17 in Carnegie Music Hall (Pittsburgh) as a substitute for Dr. Marshall Bidwell, his teacher. He studied two years with Dr. Bidwell and graduated in 1943 with highest honors from Carnegie Tech’s College of Fine Arts. At the College, he studied harmony, counterpoint and organ under Caspar Koch. In 1946 he took his Master’s degree at Duquesne University studying under Oscar del Bianco. Following the latter’s death, Hunter was appointed to succeed him. In 1945 he was recommended to fill a part-time position as instructor in piano and history of music at the Duquesne’s Music School. By the end of 1945 because of his dedication and hard work (and the passing of his teacher) he was appointed to fulltime faculty as instructor in theory and director of the university orchestra from 1946-1952. After three years of teaching his status was raised to Assistant Professor of Music and in 1953 he became Associate Professor. In 1958 he took a sabbatical from his instruction at Duquesne in order to finish his Ph. D. at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. After completing his doctorate, he returned to Duquesne to continue his work. During Dr. Hunter’s career at Duquesne, he held the positions of Head of Graduate Studies in Music as well as Chairman, of the Department of Music History and Literature. Throughout his career his musicianship was well-recognized in musical circles. He was regularly engaged as accompanist for artists by the Pittsburgh Concert Society, the Tuesday Musical Club, and other local music organizations. He was in demand as organ recitalist as well as private teacher. In addition to his faculty responsibilities at Duquesne University, he served as Music Committee Chairman of the Mendelssohn Choir from 1960-63. He held the combined position of organist and choir director at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh’s South Hills. He served on the Executive Committees of both the American Guild of Organists and the Musicians Club of Pittsburgh. Dr. Hunter passed away on April 27, 1981 at the age of 60.


1 Linear Feet

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Accession information: approximately 2010.

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Processed by Sara Lauren Purifoy, 2014-2015.


The Dr. James C. Hunter Collection
Melodie Frankovitch
September 2015
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Part of the Archival Music Collections Repository