A tribute concert is scheduled for Saturday to honor the life and works of Dr. Theodore “Ted” Hansen, former Music Department Head and teacher at Texas A&M University-Commerce.
Hansen passed away in September of 2018 at the age of 83 following a battle with cancer. The former educator had been at A&M-Commerce since 1990, making him one of the university’s top-25 longest-tenured faculty members. He arrived at what was then East Texas State University to serve as the Head of the Music Department, but returned to teaching in 1994 until his passing.
Hansen enjoyed a 50-plus year career in music education at several universities since beginning as a professor at Arizona State University in 1967. Hansen received his bachelors degree in music in 1964 from the University of Colorado-Boulder, his masters from Arizona State University in 1967 and his doctoral degree from the University of Arizona in 1974. His discipline was in musical composition.
He also was an accomplished performer and composer, having dozens of original works published by See-Saw Music and Dorn Publications.
In 2003, he was cited by the Texas House of Representatives for “Excellence in Music” and was named a Regents Professor in 2008 by the Texas A&M System. He was also a member of the Phi Mu Alpha music fraternity.
The tribute concert for Hansen is scheduled for May 4 at 5 p.m. in the Finney Concert Hall at the A&M-Commerce Music Building. The concert will feature works composed by Hansen, some of which will be played by the faculty members that he composed for.
Faculty members performing in the concert include Dr. Jeff Baker, Dr. Mary Alice Druhan, Libby Vanatta, Jimmy Clark and Laura Maxwell.
A reception will follow the concert and donations will be accepted for the Ted Hansen Memorial Fund.
To view the Commerce Journal’s feature obituary for Dr. Ted Hansen, visit bit.ly/2PFg8Gu.