Discipline: Music Composition

Jack Kilpatrick

Discipline: Music Composition
Region: Dallas, TX
MacDowell Fellowships: 1941

Jack Kilpatrick (1915-1967) was born in Stillwell, OK and earned his Mus.D. from the University of Redlands in 1950. For a brief period, he also attended the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He was a prominent composer, teacher, and translator as well as head of the Department of Musicology at Southern Methodist University. Of Cheroke origin, Kilpatrick derived much of his music from tribal folklore, with a pentatonic scale as its foundation. He wrote more than 200 works in his career.



Jack Kilpatrick 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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