Former Associate Professor of Music David Buttolph dies

Long-time Music Department faculty member David Buttolph, 89, of Branford, Conn., died April 22, 2013, after a period of failing health. He received a bachelor’s degree in music from Yale University before serving in combat in the U.S. Navy in World War II. Upon returning from service, he completed a bachelor’s degree in piano and a master’s degree in conducting from the Juilliard School of Music. He also studied in Paris and in New York City. A member of the faculty at Binghamton University from 1965 until 1988, he was the founder of the Harpur Chorale, the Elizabethan Madrigal Feast and the University Chorus, which held its inaugural performance — Handel’s Messiah — in 1971.

His career highlights are extensive and include positions with the New Orleans Philharmonic Symphony, Dillard University and the Manhattan School of Music. Buttolph also was director of musical theater productions and conductor of orchestras and choruses in New York and throughout the East Coast from Florida to Canada.
A noted composer, arranger and lyricist, he was also an avid proponent of the Kodly Method of music education and did extensive teaching of the method in a variety of settings, also serving in 1978 as president of the America Kodly Music Institute.

Preceded in death by his first wife, Janet Howe Buttolph, he is survived by his beloved wife, Ewa, two daughters, two sons, one son-in-law, one step-daughter, eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and many other relatives. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to The Shoreline Arts Alliance Scholarship Funds in Guilford, 725 Boston Post Road, Guilford, CT 06437, or to The Gunnery School, 99 Green Hill Road, Washington Depot, CT 06793.