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Missal, Joshua
98, died September 30, 2013. He was known both in the United States and abroad as a composer, conductor, and educator. His over fifty published works include music for orchestra, band, choir, chamber groups and solo performers. He was a member of ASCAP since 1964. Mr. Missal was born in Hartford, Connecticut, on April 12, 1915. He received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Eastman School of Music. During his work on these degrees, he was accepted into the viola section of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, where he performed for five years. He left Rochester for Albuquerque where he taught at the University of New Mexico and founded and conducted the Albuquerque Philharmonic Orchestra until World War II. He was inducted into the armed services and eventually was promoted to Chief Warrant Officer Band Leader of the 608th Air Force band. During that period, he married Pegge McComb, a graduate of North Texas State University in piano. They returned to New Mexico following the war and then moved to Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where Missal headed the music theory department and conducted the symphony. Two years later, Missal was appointed to head the music theory and composition department as well as viola professor at Wichita State University in Kansas. He was also selected as associate conductor and principal viola of the Wichita Symphony. During his eighteen year tenure there, Missal composed many works, adjudicated and guest conducted at festivals throughout the Midwest, and toured with the Wichita String Quartet. After retiring in 1970, he and his wife
opened an art gallery in Connecticut. In 1976 they moved the gallery to Scottsdale, Arizona. They retired from the art business in 1984. Pegge died in 2001. Joshua is survived by his daughter Sonya and son Stephen and grandchildren David and Kele.

Published in The Arizona Republic on Oct. 9, 2013
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