Profile Updated: December 31, 2018
Residing In: Shady Shores, TX USA
Spouse/Partner: Elizabeth
Occupation: Dean Emeritus, College of Music, University of North Texas
Children: Philip, born 1975
Justin, born 1977
Peter, born 1979
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After rushing out of Grady a bit early for a year at Emory and in the Atlanta Symphony, I went to Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio for undergrad work and then to Peabody Conservatory (now Johns Hopkins) in Baltimore for graduate degrees. After 27 years of teaching at Rutgers and performing in the NY/NJ area, my wife Elizabeth, our three sons, and I moved to Bloomington, Indiana, where I served as Associate Dean of the IU School of Music. Three years later we moved on to Illinois, where I took the position of Director of the University of Illinois School of Music. In 2001, we took a sharp turn southward to the University of North Texas, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as Dean of a splendid College of Music with over 1600 music majors. Music and service to higher education have been central to my life ever since Atlanta days.

Elizabeth, my wife of 46 years, is a wonderful partner in everything we do , and as a volunteer and advocate, she has also dedicated herself to the pursuit of the arts in the communities where we've lived.

Although I still perform at the flute, I do so less frequently because of the scope of other responsibilities. The tasks have led to some wonderful travels, though. Since we've been in Texas, I've traveled to Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, China, South Africa, Croatia, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic.

Our home is in the greater Dallas/Ft/ Worth area, and we've found it to be the most fulfilling place we've lived since we moved away from Princeton, N.J., where all our children were born and grew up.

I retired from the deanship in 2016 and from my full-time professorship in May of 2018. However, I am still teaching almost half time, and enjoying working with great students, several of whom are nationally competitive.

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Posted on: May 15, 2021 at 6:36 PM

I hope it was a great birthday for you, Sarah Ann. How wonderful to remember times past all the way back to Inman. I really enjoyed your piece on Mr. Seitz! He was a life-defining force for so many of us in one way or another.

As you may remember, I, too, was part of the summer graduation group. Do I remember that you were also part of the "Mrs. Bauer" summer class at her home for those extra needed credits?

I hope you continue to enjoy your home and your family for many years.

All best wishes,


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Hope you are doing good. Have a nice birthday.

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Hi, Brenda. I hope you had a great birthday and are enjoying the 4th. I think of you and our other classmates from so many decades ago so often. We've been in Texas since 2001 where I served as dean of the College of Music at the University of North Texas, and have had visits here in the Dallas area with both Larry Cobb and Ken Horwitz from our class. All best wishes for the coming year!

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Dec 31, 2018 at 9:57 AM

Hope you had a nice birthday. Have a very Happy New Year. Becky

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Hope you have a very good birthday. Becky

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Happy belated Birthday. Have a wonderful and blessed New Year.

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JAMES SCOTT has left an In Memory comment for MURRAY SOLOMAN.
Sep 05, 2014 at 12:33 PM

It's a joy to be reminded of so many friendships through the years at Inman and Grady as we remember Murray. I couldn't begin to count the number of classes and band rehearsals we shared over the years, and Murray always made things around him more fun. Although it's been almost 55 years, since I've seen Murray, his infectious humor remains as clear as if it were only a year or so ago. 

I was also reminded how many of us have made music such a big part of our lives, and in such diverse ways.  It all started in those remarkable music programs put together by Owen Seitz.

Best wishes to all as we remember a good friend from our mutual past!


Jim Scott