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John Bauer

Title: Distinguished Professor Emeritus
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John Bauer, violinist, is Distinguished Professor Emeritus from USC. He received the Bachelor of Music and the Master of Music degrees from Yale University, and the Doctor of Music Degree from The Florida State University.

Following a tour as Concertmaster for the Robert Shaw Chorale and Orchestra, he served as Assistant Concertmaster for the Seventh Army Symphony Orchestra, violinist with the Mantovani Orchestra, and as an assistant professor at Wesleyan College, Macon, Georgia. Bauer was co-founder of the South Carolina Philharmonic, serving as concertmaster for its first 17 years, and as associate-conductor for eight years. He also started the youth orchestras, designed and directed the USC String Project, taught Suzuki Classes, and designed the first graduate degree program in Music.

Coming to USC in 1962 and retiring in 1998, he was named the “1986 S.C. Professional of the Year in the Arts” by the United States Youth Games, and was named a “Gamecock Faculty All-Star”, by USC varsity athletes. Five of his books for violin, viola, and cello are in print from Mel Bay Publications.

Since retiring he has continued performing, teaching, and writing.

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