Bruce Wise

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Bruce Wise

1929-2013 Bruce Wise died on September 26, 2013, in New York City three weeks after complications from brain surgery. Bruce was born on August 24, 1929, in Detroit, Michigan, and was the fourth son of Blanche and John M. Wise. He received a B.A. in Music from Wayne State University, Detroit, in 1953, an M.A. in Composition, June 1954, and a D.M.A. in Composition, June 1961, from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He also studied composition and piano at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany (1959-60) on a German Government Grant. Two years were spent in the army at Fort Knox, Kentucky (1954-56). He and his wife, Vivian, were married in Detroit, Michigan, on January 31, 1953, and have lived in Michigan, Missouri, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Germany, and England. Bruce taught at the University of Michigan, School of Music from 1956-1962, at the University of Missouri-Columbia from 1962-1967, and at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh from 1967 until he retired in May, 1997, when he and his wife moved to Washington, Massachusetts. Bruce received numerous grants from the University of Missouri, University of Wisconsin, National Endowment for the Arts, and National Endowment for the Humanities. During the summer of 1983, he received a research grant from The Arnold Schoenberg Institute, USC, Los Angeles. From 1985-1986, he and his family spent the year in Cambridge, England, where he was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge. Many of his compositions, including some that have been published, have been performed throughout the U.S. and England, many of the performances with Bruce as the pianist. Bruce enjoyed many trips to England, Ireland, Germany, Italy, France, and Russia. He loved wildlife and seeing bear, deer, and other animals in his yard in Washington, and he especially loved dogs, having owned several during his lifetime. He has been a member of The First Congregational Church of Stockbridge since 1998. He served on the Music and the Growth & Fellowship Committees, and was a member of the choir for several years. Bruce is survived by his wife, Vivian, of over 60 years, his sons, Steven (Lesley) and Andrew (Alexei), and his grandson Rowan. He is predeceased by his son, Bruce William (1967). FUNERAL NOTICE: A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 2 at 2 p.m. at The First Congregational Church of Stockbridge, 4 Main Street, Stockbridge, MA 01262. Donations in memory of Bruce may be made to The First Congregational Church of Stockbridge or to the Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter at 63 Downing Parkway, Pittsfield, MA 01201
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Oct. 13, 2013
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