Jon Polifrone, composer, retired Professor of Music and former Music Department Head at Virginia Tech, died at Loyola University Medical Center near Chicago on Saturday, March 11, 2006.
He received a BM and MM from Michigan State University and a D.Mus from Florida State University. He was on the faculty of Jordan Conservatory (Indianapolis, 1963-1977), Indiana State University (Full Professor of Music, 1963-1977), University of Nebraska at Omaha (Chairman, Music Department, JJB Isaacson Professor, 1977-1980), and Virginia Tech (Music Department Chairman, 1980-1983, Full Professor, 1980-2002).
After retiring from Virginia Tech, he taught part-time at Wheaton College, Judson College and Waubonsee Community College.
Dr. Polifrone was a Fellow of St. Jos. He received commissions for compositions from many musical groups, including the Indianapolis Symphony, the Audubon Quartet and Ars Viva. eph’s College (Indiana), a Rockefeller Grant recipient, and four of his compositions were nominated for a Pulitzer Prize nomination.
He received commissions from many musical groups, including the Indianapolis Symphony, the Audubon Quartet and Ars Viva.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon; and his daughter, Alisa.
Memorial service on Thursday, March 16, 8:30 p.m. at Moss Family Funeral Home, 209 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia, Ill. Visitation begins at 6:30 p.m. For additional information, please call 630-879-7900.