Lawrence Sardoni

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Lawrence Sardoni was born January 2, 1911 in Salt Lake City, Utah. His parents were both musicians and he was blessed to have a home with a great appreciation for music. Sardoni began studying music when he was six years old. He spent his childhood in Idaho and northern Utah, graduating from Davis County High in Kaysville, Utah.


Sardoni studied at Brigham Young University under the direction of Leroy J. Robertson. He studied for two years before taking a break and getting professional experience. He later returned to BYU and received his bachelor's degree in Music in 1935 and his master's in Music in 1946.

Sardoni remembers his time at BYU as a special opportunity to work with a dedicated faculty truly interested in helping their students progress, particularly Professor Robertson. He also developed a great friendship with fellow student John R. Halliday

Professional Work

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Sardoni taught at various schools. He began his teaching career at the Music Department of the Mesa College in Grand Junction, Colorado. Part of Sardoni's focus was to develop an orchestra program. He stayed until 1943, when he left to serve in the Navy. His Navy experiences included playing in the orchestra for the workers of the Puget Sound Navy Yard.

Upon his return from Naval service, Sardoni accepted the Junior High School Music Position in Fountain Green, Colorado.

Sardoni was appointed to the permanent staff in the School of Music at BYU in 1946. In that position he taught harmony, orchestration and music theory classes, as well as violin lessons. Sardoni also conducted the BYU Symphony Orchestra from 1947-1964.

Sardoni explained that one of the greatest satisfactions of being a teacher was seeing his long-term effects on the lives of others. Dr. Sardoni was an artist with his baton and his students were privileged to work under him. In recognition of his many years of service to BYU, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award in 1981.

Sardoni also served as president of the Utah Valley Symphony for two years.

He worked as visiting professor at several universities and was guest conductor of many orchestras.

Family Life

It was while teaching at Fountain Green in Mt. Pleasant, Utah as the junior high music teacher that Sardoni met his wife, who taught second grade. Their professional acquaintance blossomed into something more and the couple was married in 1934. They had five children.

Brother Sardoni also served in many positions in the LDS Church, including bishop, on the high council and others. He said that the experience of being a bishop had a tremendous influence on his life. He and his wife also served a mission to Peru.

Professor Sardoni passed away on July 7, 1996.


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