Dallas Tjaden

Friday, June 1, 2007

Dallas S. Tjaden, 87, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, died Wednesday, May 30, 2007, at Mercy Hospital.

He was born Jan. 9, 1920, in Council Bluffs, son of H.S. and Virginia McMullen Tjaden.

Tjaden graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1937. He received degrees from Drake University and the University of Iowa. Advanced study was done at Berkshire Music Center, Chicago Musical College, Aspen Music Institute, and George Peabody College in Nashville, Tenn.

He served in the U.S. Navy, teaching at the Navy School of Music in Washington, D.C. His original composition "Song of the Seahawks" was published while he was in the Navy.

During his career, Tjaden served on the board of Iowa High School Music Association, and was editor of The Iowa Music Educator from 1948-1952. He taught in the Iowa cities of Ames, Cedar Rapids and Council Bluffs, and for nine years was an assistant professor of music at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau.

He was a guest conductor for summer music camps in the United States and Canada.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Dudley Tjaden; three daughters; and a grandson.

The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Broadway United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Marvin Arnpriester officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Lawn Cemetery.