Leroy Ostransky: Composer, Educator, Author

  • Born in New York

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    Life of Leroy Ostransky

  • Special Lecturer in Arranging at Washington and Lee University

  • Music Arranger for War Bond Shows

  • B.A., University of Puget Sound

  • M.A. New York University

  • Ph.D. University of Iowa

  • Anatomy of Jazz published

  • The Melting of Molly

    Debut of opera at the University of Puget Sound
  • "Rainier" premiered

    "Rainier" was Ostransky's third symphony
  • "Songs for Julia" premiered

    "Songs for Julia," a cycle of 10 songs for baritone and orchestra was first performed by the Seattle Symphony under the direction of conductor Milton Katims with baritone Roald Reitan as soloist. The text is taken from the work of English poet Robert Herrick.
  • Named one of 12 greatest teachers

    People magazine named Mr. Ostransky one of the 12 greatest teachers in America in 1975
  • Symphony No. 4: American premiered

    "Symphony No. 4: American" was debuted by the Seattle Symphony on Oct. 23, 1975. Gov. Dan Evans declared "Leroy Ostransky Day" in Washington.
  • Understanding Jazz published

  • Jazz City published

    Jazz City: The Impact of Our Cities on the Development of Jazz
  • Retires from University of Puget Sound

  • Sharkey's Kid published

    In 1991, Mr. Ostransky published an autobiographical memoir, "Sharkey's Kid." The book documented the first 13 years of his life in New York.
    Set in the colorful 1920s against the background of his father Sharkey's saloon, Ostransky paints a vivid picture of life in a quasi-religious family stuck between its Orthodox relatives and its flashy, mostly Gentile patrons. A gritty remembrance of Manhattan's Lower East Side during Prohibition.
    -check date, 1990?
  • Excellence in Arts Award

    The Tacoma Arts Commission honored Mr. Ostransky in September 1992 with an Excellence in the Arts Award.
  • Ostransky Dies