Wallace De Pue (composer and engraver)
5 Picardie Ct.
Bowling Green, OH 43402
Phone: (419) 352-4372
A Brief Biography of Wallace De Pue, Sr.
Wallace De Pue earned his Ph.D. in music composition and theory at Michigan State University. His major professor was Dr. H. Owen Reed. In 1966, he joined the faculty of Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. He retired in 1998.
Approximately 55 of Dr. De Pue’s works (for nearly all media) have been published by major publishers. Three of his operas have been produced: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (recorded by Oceans Records, Los Gatos, CA.), Something Special (Google: barbershopera Something Special), The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (performed all over the nation) and The Wonderful Witch of Oz (in progress).
In 2007, Dr. De Pue was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Music, by the Board of Directors for the Hamilton/Fairfield Symphony Orchestra, because of his 35-minute composition for choir and orchestra entitled, The Bird, Frog and Tree Club. In April 2008, Dr. De Pue won a commission from the Michigan Music Teachers Association. The premiere of his Fiddler and the Dragon (actor, violin, piano) was a stunning success.
In 2009, on November 1, Dr. De Pue’s composition, The Fiddler’s Contest (violin/wind ensemble), was chosen for a performance at Butler University, Indianapolis, IN. There were 54 compositions submitted from all over the world.
Since 1996, Dr. De Pue has been the owner of Picardie Court Publications. His publications have been performed in America and abroad. Picardie Court specializes in choral music. There are pieces for all voice combinations (Unison, SATB, TTBB, etc.) Compositions include all styles from the Renaissance to the 21st-Century, and all levels of difficulty. There are many pieces for holidays and for children.