Endowments & Scholarships

Freda and Walter Kaufmann Prize in Musicology

KaufmannThis prize honors the memory of pianist and educator Freda Kaufmann and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Music Walter Kaufmann. Mrs. Kaufmann earned a Piano Performer's Certificate in 1935 from the Toronto Conservatory of Music and a Performer's Certificate in 1936 from the Royal Academy of Music in England. In 1940 she received a Bachelor of Music degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Chicago. Mrs. Kaufmann was part-time assistant professor of music at IU School of Music from 1961 until her retirement in 1986. She passed away in March of 1990, and was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Kaufmann, who died in 1984.

Internationally known for his many outstanding contributions to music as a conductor, composer, and scholar, Walter Kaufmann was the epitome of the complete musician. Professor Kaufmann was born in 1907 in Karlsbad, Czechoslovakia and studied at the Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik in Berlin and the German University in Prague. In 1934 he emigrated to India, where he became Director of European Music at All-India Radio in Bombay. After serving in the British Navy during World War II, Professor Kaufmann left India to conduct at the BBC in England. In the following year he moved to Canada, where for eight years he was conductor and musical director of the Winnipeg Symphony. In 1957 Professor Kaufmann joined the musicology faculty at Indiana University where he served until 1977.

The Freda and Walter Kaufmann Prize in Musicology is awarded annually by the IU musicology faculty to a student who has demonstrated excellence in all aspects of graduate study and has shown professional initiative.