Charles Alan Beeler (February 10, 1939 – April 28, 2016) Beeler completed his graduate study in theory and composition at Washington University, where he received an M.A. and Ph.D. He studied composition with Robert Wykes, Robert Baker, and Harold Blumenfeld, theory with Leigh Gerdine, and musicology with Lincoln Bunce Spiess and Paul Amadeus Pisk.
Beeler taught music at Wisconsin State University at Stevens Point and Eastern Kentucky University, where he was Professor of Music Theory and Composition. His many compositions include works for solo piano, chorus, chamber ensemble, string orchestra, full orchestra, and voice.
For more than a decade, we’ve had the privilege of working with Alan on projects to record, release, and preserve his work, and his positive, playful outlook on life and music was both inspiring and insightful to every member of our team. As likely to discuss his love for Sousa as he was to explain how Webern structured a particular tone row, Alan lived a life dedicated to making music, always helping others to learn how to appreciate it just as much as he did. We will always consider him a member of the PARMA family.
-The PARMA Team