Louis Lane, American conductor, Died at 92


Louis Lane/Louis Gardner was born on December 25, 1923, in Eagle Pass, Texas, and died on February 15, 2016.

He was an American conductor.

Lane studied composition with Kent Kennan at the University of Texas at Austin where he earned his bachelor’s in music degree in 1943, and with Bohuslav Martinů at the Tanglewood Music Center (summer 1946), and with Bernard Rogers at the Eastman School of Music (master’s degree in music, 1947).

He received education in opera with Sarah Caldwell, in 1950.

Mr.Lane was apprentice conductor to George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra in 1947.

Following that he became the assistant conductor there 1955-1960 and associate conductor 1960-1970 and resident conductor 1970-1973.

After some years, he became the music director of the Akron Symphony Orchestra 1959-1983 (later becoming their conductor emeritus) and the Lake Erie Opera Theatre 1964-1972.

Louis was the principal guest conductor of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and held other positions with that group 1973-1978.

From 1977 to 1983, he served as the co-conductor of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

At one point he served as the principal guest conductor 1982-1983 and principal conductor 1984-1985 of the National Symphony Orchestra of the South African Broadcasting Corporation based in Johannesburg.

Louis was the adjunct professor at the University of Akron 1969-1983 and a visiting professor at the University of Cincinnati 1973-1975.

In his tenure, he served as artistic adviser and conductor at the Cleveland Institute of Music for over 20 years from 1982 through 2004 after which he served as faculty emeritus.

In 1995, Louis received an honorary doctorate from the same institution.

And, also the director of orchestra studies at Oberlin College 1995-1998 and at The University of Texas at Austin 1989-1992.

He has received many award and honors for his work in the industry.

Louis Lane passed away at 92 yrs old.