Friday, October 1, 2010

Héctor Campos Parsi

Héctor Campos Parsi, composer, was born on October 1, 1922. A graduate of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) with a bachelor's degree in Humanities, he went on to enroll at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (National Autonomous University of Mexico) to pursue a degree in medicine. Due to his falling ill he was unable to continue his studies. He later obtained a Masters degree in Humanities at Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Puerto Rico y El Caribe (Center for Advanced Studies on Puerto Rico and the Caribbean).

His musical training includes a scholarship from the Puerto Rico Department of Public Instruction to the New England Conservatory of  Music in Boston, studying with Paul Hindemith at Yale University and with Nadia Boulanger in Paris.  He also trained with composers Aaron Copland and Sergei Koussevitzky.

Campos Parsi also wrote articles for several newspapers, contributed short stories, articles and poems to two weekly magazines and published essays on Puerto Rican music. As an advisor to the Administración para el Fomento de las Artes y la Cultura (Administration for the Encouragement of Arts and Culture now Institute of Puerto Rican Culture) and director at Centro Iberoamericano de Documentación Musical del Colegio Universitario de Cayey (Latin American Musical Documentation Centre at UPR, Cayey), he immersed himself in intense cultural promotional work. He was also resident composer at UPR, Cayey and a member of the prestigious Board of Directors of the Foundation for the Humanities.
Héctor Campos Parsi died in Cayey, Puerto Rico on January 30, 1998.

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