Backed by more than six decades of professional experience, Kenneth Klauss has established himself as a renowned composer and music educator. He first rose to prominence as a composition and piano teacher in 1946, and then briefly worked as a composer for Lester Horton Theater. In addition to sharing his expertise in the cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco for more than three decades, Mr. Klauss lectured at the Idyllwild Arts Academy and SCI-Arc. In 1996, he served as a lecturer, composer and guest performer for American University’s Library of Congress. Furthermore, Mr. Klauss also served as a guest lecturer for Milken Community High School and the University of South Dakota.
Over the course of his career, Mr. Klauss has performed with several musical groups and orchestras, including with the University of South Dakota Rawlins Piano Trio and the Sonata Orchestra. Most recently, in 2016, he was part of a violin concert at the Nelson Cathedral in Auckland, New Zealand. In 2011, Mr. Klauss shared his insight in Katherine Teck’s “Making Music for Modern Dance,” a book where leading choreographers and composers discuss their experience in the art of modern dance. Some of his earliest works include the musical composition “Fall of the House of Russia” (1952) and eight volumes of the book “Story of the World,” which were published between 1952 and 1986.
To prepare for his exemplary career, Mr. Klauss earned a Bachelor of Music in composition from the University of Southern California in 1946. Passionate about his profession, Mr. Klauss founded the Klauss- James Archive and Art Museum in 1995, and has since contributed as an active patron. Recognized for his talent, he received an honorable mention at Ohio University’s Opera Competition in 1954. For his professional accomplishments, Mr. Klauss has been featured in Marquis Who’s Who publications such as Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the West and Who’s Who in the World.
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