SHEPHERD, ARTHUR (19 Feb. 1880-12 Jan. 1958), prominent in Cleveland's musical community nearly 30 years, was born to Mormon parents, William Nathaniel B. and Emily Mary (Phips) Shepherd, in Paris, Idaho. He graduated from New England Conservatory of Music by 1897, and returned to Salt Lake City to organize and conduct the Salt Lake City Symphony Orchestra. His composition, Overture Joyeuse, won the Paderewski Prize in 1902. Beginning in 1910, Shepherd taught at New England Conservatory and conducted at the St. Cecilia Society. In
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Shepherd's music was traditional and strongly flavored with the folk idiom of his native West. Eight of his orchestral compositions, including his 2 symphonies, were programmed by the Cleveland Orchestra. His over 100 works included a violin concerto, 4 string quartets, 2 piano sonatas, and numerous songs and choral pieces. After retiring from teaching in 1950, he continued composing until his death in Cleveland.
Shepherd married Hattie Jennings on 5 Mar. 1913. They had four children: Wm. Jennings, Arthur Phipps, Richard Jennings, and Mary Anne. After divorcing Hattie, he married Grazella Puliver on 27 May 1922. They had one son, Peter. Shepherd died in Cleveland and was buried in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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