o his childhood in Easton, Pennsylvania, John Schwarz has traced the roots of a distinguished career as a musician, an educator, a public servant, and a military veteran.
He graduated from Easton High School in 1948 and received a bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree from West Chester State Teachers College, Duquesne University, and the University of Maryland, respectively.
His fields of study were music education, music, and musicology.
Dr. Schwarz was a veteran of the Korean War, where he was assigned to the 56th Army Band in South Korea.
His medals and honors include the Korean Service Medal, the ROK Presidential Unit Citation, the United Nations service medal, and the National Defense service medal.
He promoted high standards of research and practical applications with his lifetime memberships in the American Musicological Association, the Royal Music Association, and the Sonneck Society for American Music.
Serving community and church, Dr. Schwarz was a volunteer in the medical records office at Lock Haven (PA) Hospital; a church council member, treasurer, and choir member at Saint Luke's United Church of Christ; and choir director at Woolrich Community Church and Trinity United Methodist Church.
He taught music in the North Allegheny and Phoenixville Area school systems in eastern Pennsylvania, and in 1961 joined the faculty of Lock Haven University, retiring in 1991.
Dr. John Schwarz died at his home in Flemington, PA, on May 27, 1999.
His widow, Margaret (Thomas) Schwarz has kindly allowed CanticaNOVA Publications to publish his edition of Samuel Wesley's soprano solo with continuo accompaniment, written in 1799 for the Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord.
CanticaNOVA Publications is honored to offer this edition by Dr. John Schwarz in our catalogue:
- Ad offertorium: In festo Transfigurationis Domini Nostri Jesu Christe [Samuel Wesley] CNP Catalog #8020