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Max H. Yount (1963), Organ, Harpsichord, Composition

B.M., Oberlin College
D.M.A., Eastman School of Music
additional studies, Mozarteum AkademieMax Yount

Max Yount is Professor emeritus of Music at Beloit College, where he taught since 1963 and served as Chair of the Department of Music; he remains the college organist and teaches organ, harpsichord and composition at the college.  After retirement in 2008 he keeps himself busy with performing as both ensemble musician and soloist on the organ and harpsichord.  He is the regular harpsichordist with the Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble, which, among its several venues, makes several appearances per year at Beloit College, in Madison, and in other venues.  Yount serves as the Director of Music and Organist of First Congregational Church, Beloit, where he organizes a concert series, MUSICA MAXIMA, featuring international and local artists and international artists.

As an active member and past officer of historical keyboard societies, he organized and directed a conclave for May 26-29, 2010, in Beloit of the Midwestern Historical Keyboard Society (MHKS) and the Southeastern Historical Keyboard Society (SEHKS); this conclave brought international and local performing artists and scholars together in Beloit, with events at First Congregational Church and Beloit College.

Yount has organized a number of chamber groups over the years, with himself as harpsichordist.  One present superb group is e e consort, featuring Edith Hines, baroque violin, Eleanor Cox, baroque cello, Eric Miller, viola da gamba, and himself on harpsichord and positiv organ.  Rameau’s Pièces de clavecin en concerts have been a specialty of the group, and it launched a program of Buxtehude’s trio sonatas in January 2011.

A native of North Carolina, Yount received his Bachelor of Music Degree from Oberlin College in Ohio, and his Doctor of Music Arts from Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York; he also studied at the Mozarteum Akademie in Salzburg, Austria. His most influential teachers were Fenner Douglass and David Craghead, organ, and Isolde Ahlgrimm and Louis Bagger, harpsichord. He studied composition with Louis Mennini and Wayne Barlow. After graduate study as a national Defense Fellow, Yount was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study in Germany, but chose instead to begin work at Beloit College.

Max Yount has composed a number of works.  In 2007 his Symphony in Three Movements: Not the Waters of the Mississippi was performed by the Beloit Janesville Symphony with Stephen Swanson (U. Iowa) as the baritone soloist. In 2006 several works were performed, including Variations on a Theme by Bartók for string quartet, and Concerto [for harpsichord and chamber ensemble] on Hungarian Songs.  Yount conducted the latter over Wisconsin public Radio in January 2006. His Sonata for flute, viola da gamba and harpsichord was premiered at the 2004 MHKS meeting in Evanston, IL, and performed several times thereafter by Musique Portique with John Chappell Stowe as the harpsichordist. There are a number of choral and organ pieces.

Discover more about Max Yount and his work with the Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble at their website.