John R. Halliday
John Redondo Halliday was born September 8, 1911 in Redondo Beach, California. He attended school in Pleasant Grove, Utah, and it was there that he began to study piano, clarinet, and voice. He married Flora Fowlke of Pleasant Grove on June 4, 1931 and the couple had four children.
Halliday completed a bachelor's degree in music in 1935 and a master's degree in 1936 at Brigham Young University. He later studied with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, in Tanglewood, Massachusetts and with Paul Hindemith. In 1937, he served as the assistant conductor of the Salt Lake Tabernacle Choir. He studied and taught at Eastman School of Music, where in 1941, he received the first Ph.D. in Music Theory given in America. He also spent two years (1951-52) studying in France and Italy. Halliday was the Vice President of the College Band Director's National Association, and is a former President of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters.
He was a member of the BYU music faculty for over 30 years, and was a director of Bands and professor of honors music theory. He was the founder of the BYU Oratorio Choir, the predecessor of the Concert Choir. He served as the acting Dean of the College of Fine Arts from 1947-48, and was appointed the chair of the Department of Music in 1948. He was also involved in the design of the Harris Fine Arts Center.
He was the Vice President of the College Band Director's National Association in 1947. In 1975, he was honored with the Distinguished Service Award from BYU.
Halliday retired in 1976 and died in 1988 at the age of 76.