David Garvey, professor emeritus of music, died on February
14, 1995, in New York, New York. He was 72.
Professor Garvey was born on March 13, 1922, in Reading,
Pennsylvania. In 1948 he graduated from the Julliard School of Music,
where he won both the Rosenberg Award for highest pianistic rating and
the Damrosch Prize for the highest academic standing.
Professor Garvey joined the faculty of The University
of Texas at Austin in 1975, where he devoted himself to vocal students.
Beyond his dedication to developing the talents of university students,
Professor Garvey worked with younger students, serving for many summers
as pianist in residence at Meadowmount, a music camp in upstate New
York. Shortly before he died, he had been involved in a project to accompany
four new American vocalists on a recording to be produced in Austin.
He developed a notable career in classical music, playing
with such singing and instrumental virtuosos as Itzhak Perlman, Jennie
Tourel, Michael Rabin, and Maria Stader. He also performed 26 times
at Carnegie Hall. Professor Garvey was most noted for his longtime association
with the soprano Leontyne Price, whom he met as a fellow student at
Julliard. He became her exclusive accompanist in the 1950s, and the
two performed many concerts around the world. They made numerous appearances
at the White House, including at a private dinner honoring Prince Charles
and Princess Diana of Great Britain in 1985.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo
Acosta and posted on the Faculty Council web site on November
17, 2000. Additional biographical sources can be found in the
Barker Texas History Center and the UT Office of Public Affairs.