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First Name: Earnest
Last Name: Harrison
Bio: Earnest Harrison was born in Moberly, Missouri on July 13, 1918. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the University of Rochester, New York, where he received a performer's certificate on oboe, a Bachelors degree in 1942, and a Master of Music degree in 1946. He studied oboe with Alfred Hicks, Robert Sprenkle and John Minsker. Besides being a member of Leopold Stokowski's All-American Youth Orchestra, Earnest spent two summers at Tanglewood in the days of Serge Koussevitsky. While still a student at Eastman he became a member of the Rochester Philharmonic, recording with Jose Iturbi and Howard Hanson on RCA Victor records. During World War II Earnest served in the U.S. Navy for almost four years. Following his graduation from Eastman in 1946 he became solo oboist with the Houston, San Antonio, and for many years the National Symphony. He also taught oboe at the University of Houston, Trinity University, San Antonio; and Catholic University; Howard University; George Washington University; and American University in Washington, D.C. He also taught at the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland, for five years. His many performances in the D.C. area included appearances at the Library of Congress Concert Series with such ensembles as the Budapest String Quartet. During his orchestral career, Earnest recorded for RCA, Westminster, and Columbia Records. In 1966, Earnest accepted a position at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, where he was an artist in residence performing in the Timm Woodwind Quintet and the Baroque Ensemble until his retirement in 1986. He was also solo oboist with the Baton Rouge Symphony for 15 years. Earnest has been an active longtime member of the IDRS. His biography is in the International Who's Who in Music and his picture is in The Golden Encyclopedia of Music.
Source: Double Reed 21/2 (1998)