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Himie Voxman Research Archive

Biographical Information

Himie Voxman was born in Centerville, Iowa and paid for his education at the University of Iowa by teaching clarinet lessons to high school students. He there received a Bachelor of Science degree with high distinction in Chemical Engineering in 1933 and a Master of Arts degree in 1934. In 1939, Professor Voxman joined the faculty of the University of Iowa and in 1954, he became director of the School of Music; a position he remained in until his retirement in 1980.

Over the course of his career, Voxman served as an advisor for more than 40 doctoral dissertations. He also published numerous compilations and editions for wind instruments and co-authored bibliographies of wind instrument literature. The Rubank Advanced Band Method, written by Professor Voxman, is still considered a foundational instructional method series. In 1995, the School of Music Building was named in his honor; a 2013 vote by the Iowa Board of Regents retained the Voxman name for the music building following the 2008 flood and relocation of the School of Music.

During Voxman’s tenure at the University of Iowa, he made countless contributions to the Rita Benton Music Library’s collections. The basis for the Voxman Research Archive is the product of his travels to European libraries during the 1950s and 1960s to procure copies of original manuscripts.

Professor Voxman held many positions of honor and distinction during his career. He is the former vice-president of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI) and he held various offices in both the Music Educators’ National Conference (MENC) and the Music Teachers’ National Association (MTNA). He was Chairman of the Commission on Graduate Studies for the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and served on the National Commission on Graduate Studies for the National Schools of Music, the National Commission for Accreditation of Teacher Education and Welfare, and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). He was a field reader for music projects for the Department of Health Education and Welfare, and a member of the Academic Panel for cultural exchange projects for the United States Department of State. He received citations and awards from Phi Mu Epsilon, Kappa Kappa Psi, Pi Kappa Lambda, Sigma Alpha Iota, Tau Beta Pi, Phi Lambda Upsilon, Sigma Xi, and also received class honors. The Iowa Bandmaster’s Association presented him with an Honorary Life Membership, the Iowa Music Educators Association honored him with its Distinguished Service Award, and the Bell System presented him with its Silver Baton. He was awarded honorary doctoral degrees from Coe College and DePaul University. In 1984 he was the woodwind judge for the finals of the Canadian National Competitive Festival of Music. He received the Award of Merit from the Federation of State High School Music Associations and received the Distinguished Service Award from the Missouri State High School Activities Association.

For the more than seventy years, Professor Voxman was a person of great importance to the history of the University of Iowa’s School of Music. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from the University of Iowa in 2008. Himie Voxman died in Iowa City in 2011.