The Catholic University of America

In Memoriam

Helmut Braunlich, Professor Emeritus (1929-2013)

It is with great sadness that the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music reports the passing of Professor Emeritus Helmut Braunlich. Professor Braunlich died on May 24, 2013.

Helmut Braunlich received his formal musical education at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, where he studied violin with Christa Richter-Steiner, composition with Egon Kornauth, and music history with Eberhard Preussner. After his immigration to the United States in 1951 he played with various professional symphony orchestras and became a member of the U.S Air Force Symphony Orchestra. He studied composition at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where one of his teachers was organist, Prof. Conrad Bernier. In 1959 he earned his master’s degree in composition (his thesis is a concerto for two violins and orchestra). He pursued doctoral studies, earning his Ph.D. in Musicology in 1966 (Dissertation: Satire in music, 1900 to 1920).

He taught courses in composition, music theory, orchestration, and performance practice. He became an instructor at CUA in 1961, professor in 1980, and ordinary professor in 1988. In his final years before retirement, he served as the chairperson of the Composition Division and became Professor Emeritus in 1999.

In 1989, he was awarded the "Sudentendeutscher Kulturpreis" in composition by the West German state of Bavaria. He was a member of the Contemporary Music Form and was active as a violinist specializing in the performance of twentieth-century music. He appeared as first violinist of the Jefferson Quartet, concert master, and recitalist; published through McGinnis and Marx; and recorded for Educo Records, Opus One records, and Centaur Compact Disc.