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Frank Desby

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Frank Desby

Birth
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, USA
Death
30 Oct 1992 (aged 70)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial
Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles County, California, USA Add to Map
Plot
Murmuring Trees, Map G50, Lot 8915, Space 2
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Choral conductor. Beginning in his teens, he received a full scholarship to USC where he studied composition with German composer Ernst Toch. After military service in World War II, he finished his studies in music at USC and was appointed choir director at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Los Angeles in 1948. He began to compose and arrange music for church services and renewed a previous interest in Byzantine chant. In 1951 his newly published choral music for the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom was presented under his direction at the annual conference of the Federation of Greek Orthodox Church Choirs of the Western States. This was to be the first of many performances at federation conferences all over the country. In 1952 when the new St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral began holding services in their new edifice, Desby became its music director which continued until his death. He was married to the church organist in 1954. He also returned to USC for graduate studies in sacred music, specializing in Byzantine chant and received both his Master's and a Doctorate. His contribution to the music of the Greek Orthodox Church is renowned, and he performed throughout the U.S. and was sought after as conductor. He was a co-founder and partner of the Greek Sacred and Secular Music Society, and was among the founding members of the National Forum of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians. He became a chief researcher for the Liturgical Guidebook, which the churches use for Sundays and Feast Days for the entire year. He also conducted workshops. In 1980 he received the prestigious St. Romanos the Melodist Medallion from the National Forum for his exemplary national contributions to Greek Orthodox Church music. He also had the ability to play any orchestral instrument. He played in many local Southland symphonies.

Choral conductor. Beginning in his teens, he received a full scholarship to USC where he studied composition with German composer Ernst Toch. After military service in World War II, he finished his studies in music at USC and was appointed choir director at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Los Angeles in 1948. He began to compose and arrange music for church services and renewed a previous interest in Byzantine chant. In 1951 his newly published choral music for the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom was presented under his direction at the annual conference of the Federation of Greek Orthodox Church Choirs of the Western States. This was to be the first of many performances at federation conferences all over the country. In 1952 when the new St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral began holding services in their new edifice, Desby became its music director which continued until his death. He was married to the church organist in 1954. He also returned to USC for graduate studies in sacred music, specializing in Byzantine chant and received both his Master's and a Doctorate. His contribution to the music of the Greek Orthodox Church is renowned, and he performed throughout the U.S. and was sought after as conductor. He was a co-founder and partner of the Greek Sacred and Secular Music Society, and was among the founding members of the National Forum of Greek Orthodox Church Musicians. He became a chief researcher for the Liturgical Guidebook, which the churches use for Sundays and Feast Days for the entire year. He also conducted workshops. In 1980 he received the prestigious St. Romanos the Melodist Medallion from the National Forum for his exemplary national contributions to Greek Orthodox Church music. He also had the ability to play any orchestral instrument. He played in many local Southland symphonies.



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