AMNW Co-founder Dorothy Ann Klotzman Passes Away

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Dorothy Ann (Hill) Klotzman passed away December 6, 2014 in, Seattle, Washington, when her heart failed. She was born in Seattle, March 27th, 1937; the only child of Irva MacGraham and Henry Hill.  In her early years, her family moved to New York City, where she studied at the High School of Music and Art.  Further studies were completed at The Juilliard School of Music, where she received BS and MS degrees in composition.  Her teachers included Darius Milhaud, Vincent Persichetti and William Bergsma.  Advanced studies were undertaken at the Aspen School of Music.

Her administrative positions include:  Executive Director,  Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College;
Director, Conservatory of Music, Brooklyn College with departments of music, dance and opera; Director of the Institute for Studies in American Music.  She served with distinction as Chairman, Department of Music, Brooklyn College, and she retired from Brooklyn College.
After finishing her degrees at Juilliard, a, Dorothy was married for 15 years to the highly regarded Abraham/Abram? (Abe) Klotzman (her Juiliard clarinet teacher and early mentor), but she remained childless.

Dorothy was a distinguished conductor of the Conservatory Orchestra and Concert Band at Brooklyn College. She appeared as guest conductor of orchestras in Taiwan, Korea, Rumania and Hungary.  She was Principal Guest Conductor of the famed  Goldman Band, and appeared on Public Television’s Educational Series where she was referred to as the “Lady with a Baton.”

Dorothy’s extensive music compositions include works for large orchestra, chamber music, music for ballet, songs, choral works, concert band music and opera.  Her first major award was at age 16, when she won a young composers contest, awarded by the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.  Prizes followed in composition from Juilliard, Aspen, The Copley Foundation, and the Danforth Foundation’s Harbison Award for Gifted Teaching. She was a member of ASCAP.  She played clarinet and piano. She was working on an opera, based on a book by renowned author, Jonathan Spence.  She spoke, read and wrote in French and Mandarin Chinese, and spent many summers in Southern France, touring the region.  Dorothy was invited to two sessions at “Yaddo”  for a composition retreat.

Dorothy joined the Composition Faculty, Preparatory Division, of the Juilliard School and taught also as an Adjunct Professor at Hunter College.

In the early 1990’s, she returned to her hometown of Seattle, Washington, to retire.  Instead, in 1997, she co-founded the prep school: The Academy of Music Northwest with friends, Dr. James Paul and Dolores Wells, and remained as teacher, Provost, board member and major donor of the school, until her health declined in recent years.

A celebration of her life will be held in the spring.  Donations in her memory may be made to the Academy of Music Northwest, P.O. Box 25411, Seattle, WA 98165.