Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Grant, Byron William 80

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Grant, Byron William 80

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Grant, Byron William 80, passed away peacefully on Friday, December 16, 2016. A Celebration of his life will be held on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in the chapel of Snow's Memorial Chapel, Pio Nono with Dr. C. David Keith officiating. Burial will be held at 3:00 p.m. in Park Hill Cemetery, Columbus GA with Raymond Campbell officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials to the Byron Grant endowed Musical Theatre Scholarship, Webster University, St. Louis, MO or to the Townsend School of Music Scholarship Fund, Mercer University, Macon GA. Byron was born in Columbus, GA to the late Ruby Florene Hindsman Grant and Neil William Grant on June 14, 1936 and was preceded in death by his sister, Lillian Grant Brown (George). Byron graduated with honors from Central High School in Phenix City, Alabama. He received a BA in French and Music with Honors from Huntington College, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Sigma Sigma honorary societies. He graduated with a Masters in Music (MM) from Southern Illinois University. In 1961 he received a diploma in piano and musicology from the Conservatoire de Musique at Fountainbleu, France and in 1960 received his diploma from the American Musical and Theatre Academy, New York, New York. Byron began his teaching career at Baker High School in Columbus, GA teaching music and French along with directing performances by his students for seven years. In 1967, Byron moved to New York City taught seven years at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. In 1982 Byron became artist- inresidence and head of the musical theatre performance program at Webster University in St. Louis, MO. The association continued for 25 years with Bryon becoming assistant professor and eventually chairperson of the music and dance department and head of the musical theatre program. …

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