BURNET TUTHILL was born
in New York City in 1888 and attended the prestigious Horace Mann
School, followed by Columbia University and the Cincinnati College of
Music. His father, an architect and amateur cellist, designed Carnegie
Hall. Tuthill played clarinet in the Columbia University orchestra
while in high school and later became its conductor.
In 1922 Tuthill became general
manager of the Cincinnati Conservatory and entered its Masterís
program in 1930. After receiving his degree he became director of
Southwestern College (now Rhodes College) in Memphis and also became
director of Memphis Conservatory which merged with Southwestern. In
1938 he founded the Memphis Symphony which he conducted until 1946.
His students included the renowned exploratory musician Moondog.
Tuthill founded the National
Association of Schools of Music (NASM) in 1924 and served as its
secretary until 1959. He also founded the Society for the
Publication of American Music (SPAM) in 1919, whose publications are
still available from Theodore Presser Company.
Tuthill composed over 100
works, most of which were published. These include a
cross-section of compositions for orchestra, chorus, concertos for
many instruments, and chamber music. The composer died in 1982.