Remembering Professor Emeritus Paul Fetler

Paul Fetler

Remembering Paul Fetler (February 17, 1920–July 7, 2018)

Professor Emeritus Paul Fetler passed away on July 7, 2018. Fetler began his tenure at the University of Minnesota School of Music as a graduate student and received his doctoral degree in 1956, where his major advisor was Dr. Paul Oberg. He taught at the University of Minnesota until his retirement in 1990. Prior to the University of Minnesota, he studied at Northwestern University (BM, with David Van Vactor), Yale University (MM, with Quincy Porter and Paul Hindemith), and the Berlin Academy of Music (advanced composition with Boris Blacher). During his time at the U of M, he taught composers including Carol Barnett, Donald Keats, Libby Larsen, Richard Marriott, Stephen Paulus, and Eric Stokes. His compositions include more than 150 works and many have been performed by leading orchestras, soloists, choral ensembles, and chamber groups across the United States and Europe. He was the recipient of awards from the Society for the Publication of American Music, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. 
Fetler’s family has honored his passing and requested that gifts be made in his name to the Humane Society of the United States
Should you wish to extend your condolences to the Fetler family, please contact Lisa Marshall at or 612-626-1094. 

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