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1965 Horatio Alger Award Winner

Joseph E. Maddy*


National Music Corporation

"Include music in your life."

Joseph Maddy was born in Wellington, Kansas, in 1891, to parents who were teachers. He attended the Wichita College of Music, where he studied the violin and joined the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra. In 1918, he became the first music supervisor of instrumental music in America in Rochester, New York. He later taught music at Morton High School in Richmond, Indiana. While there, he formed the first National High School Orchestra in 1926. In 1928, he formed the National Music Camp, which exists today as the Interlochen Arts Camp.

* Deceased