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USD: CAS: Henry Kolar
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Henry Kolar

Professor Emeritus, Music

Henry Kolar (b. 1923) has been a lifelong advocate for classical music and a major figure in music in the San Diego area. He took his undergraduate degree at DePaul University and received graduate degrees at Northwestern University and University of Colorado. He also worked in the music programs at USC and the Vienna Academy of Music. Dr. Kolar taught music at USD for 35 years, where he founded the USD orchestra and music program. In addition, he served as concertmaster for the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and conductor for both the San Diego Youth Symphony and the La Jolla Civic Orchestra. Between performing, conducting, and teaching, Dr. Kolar has enjoyed a lifetime of music.


B.M., DePaul University; M.M., Northwestern University; D.M.A., University of Colorado