BROOKLYN, NY, February 26, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Derek Healey, DMus, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Healey celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Dr. Healey is renowned as a composer and an organist with more than 60 years of distinction in his discipline. The grandson of a professional musician, he began to play the organ, in part, to uphold a family tradition. Derek Healey subsequently enrolled in the Royal College of Music, earning associate's diplomas in organ in 1954, and in piano teaching in 1957.
Later Derek Healey became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists in 1957. He continued his education with a Bachelor of Music at the University of Durham, England, in 1961. Completing postgraduate coursework in Rome and Siena, Italy, under the tutelage of Boris Porena and Goffredo Petrassi, Dr. Healey eventually graduated with a Doctor of Music at the University of Toronto in 1974.
Commencing his career in education, Healey was initially appointed as music specialist to a number of public and private schools in the South-East of England from 1957 to 1969. In 1969, he accepted the post of a lecturer in the department of music at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, where he would remain until 1971. Dr. Healey worked as a visiting special lecturer at the University of Toronto from 1971 to 1972 and an associate professor of music theory and composition at the University of Guelph from 1972 to 1978.
From 1979 to 1987, Dr. Healey found success as a professor of composition at the University of Oregon, Eugene. He became an academic professor of music for the Royal Air Force based in Uxbridge, England, in 1988, where he would remain until his retirement in 1996. Healey is known as a composer of works for orchestra, wind ensemble, choir and various chamber ensembles, and has had over fifty works published and a considerable number of works performed, particularly in the USA, Canada, Italy and Germany. Works of which he is particularly proud include the orchestral suite "Arctic Images," the suite for wind ensemble "One Midsummer Morning," and his "Mass for San Corrado." Healey fondly recalls the premiere of the opera "Seabird Island," at the Guelph Spring Festival, as one of the highlights of his career.
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