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Ira-Paul Schwarz (1922-2006), composer and professor emeritus of the State University of New York, had a varied career in music. He has taught music in elementary through graduate schools; was a professional instrumentalist (clarinet & saxophone); arranger with the U.S. Navy Band; conductor of amateur and professional instrumental and vocal ensembles; and has composed music for virtually all musical genres including dance and theatre. He had degrees from Morningside College, the University of South Dakota, and the University of Iowa (PhD). He studied music with Nadia Boulanger, Richard Herwig, and others. His music has been recorded by MCC Records, New Ariel Recordings, and North/South Recordings. He was the author of four books and wrote numerous articles on music and aesthetics.