Discipline: Music Composition

Ivan Langstroth

Discipline: Music Composition
Region: Brooklyn, NY
MacDowell Fellowships: 1940

Ivan Shed Langstroth (1887-1971), American composer, pianist, and teacher, was born in Alameda, CA. He received his early musical training in San Francisco with Theodore Vogt, and in Berlin at the Hochschule für Musik. His composition teachers were Paul Juon and Engelbert Humperdinck, and he studied piano with Josef Lhevinne.

After finishing school, he remained on the continent. In 1915 he was a coach at the Kiel Opera, and in 1916 he served as organist at the American Church in Berlin. Between 1917 and 1920 he toured Scandinavia as a concert pianist, then settled in Vienna where he taught composition and theory at the Neue Wiener Konservatorium from 1921 until 1928

After returning to the United States he taught in New York at Chatham Square Music School, City College and Brooklyn College.



Ivan Langstroth worked in the MacDowell studio.

Built in 1912, Pine Studio was renamed MacDowell Studio in 1943 in recognition of support from a group of Edward MacDowell’s music students. It was built as a composers’ studio and the stuccoed walls were intended to be soundproof. Like many of the studios on property, MacDowell was winterized in the 1950s when the program began welcoming…

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