Arnold Caswell

1988 F. Melius Christiansen Lifetime Achievement Award
Arnold Caswell (1922-1988)

Arnold Caswell was honored posthumously by this award which was received by Martha Caswell for her late husband. From boyhood he was fascinated by the clarinet. He taught both instrumental and vocal music in public schools in Texas and later studied clarinet and conducting at Juilliard School of Music, receiving his master's degree from Columbia University as well as his doctorate. In 1953 Caswell was appointed assistant professor of music at the University of Minnesota, attaining full professorship in 1966. An accomplished clarinetist, Caswell was a devotee of chamber music and an accomplished performer on the recorder, Renaissance reeds, and bassoon, eventually forming a quintet that performed for the Young Audiences series, an outreach program. He also led the Early Music Quartet and was an accomplished vocalist.

Caswell served the community in many ways as clinician, chair of the annual MMEA Mid-Winter Clinic, vocal vice-president of MMEA, state president of ACDA, member of the State Department of Education Fine Arts Advisory Committee, member of the American Recorder Society, province governor of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and author of many educational articles.