Merrill K. Bradshaw
Merrill Bradshaw taught in the Brigham Young University School of Music, where he held the John R. Halliday Endowed Professorship. He was a composer-in-residence and executive director of the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition.
Bradshaw is the composer of three major choral works (Restoration, Zion and Christ Metaphors), six symphonies, two musicals, three concertos, and many smaller works. During his tenure at BYU, he added Schenker Analysis, Advanced Form and Analysis and 20th Century Orchestration to the curriculum. His former students are represented among the faculties of prestigious institutions.
Bradshaw was born on June 18, 1929 in Lyman, Wyoming, to Melvin K. and Lorene Hamblin Bradshaw. He graduated from BYU with a master's degree in music in 1954. He also studied at the University of Illinois. He married Janet Spilsbury on September 20, 1954.
Bradshaw passed away on July 12, 2000 in Bountiful, Utah.
- Reflections on the Nature of Mormon Art, BYU Studies
- SPIRIT and MUSIC: Letters to a Young Mormon Composer
- LDS Musicians - Obituary: Merrill K. Bradshaw (2000)
- Merrill Bradshaw Archive, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University
- Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship: Journal of Book of Mormon Studies. Vol. 13 No. 1-2 (2004)