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James R. Lerch, Professor Emeritus of Music

James R. Lerch, professor emeritus of music, obituaryJames R. Lerch, 87, died Aug. 9. He was professor emeritus of music and a faculty member from 1966-1992.

Prior to joining UNT, Lerch was concertmaster and associate conductor of the Akron Symphony, and founder and conductor of the Winston-Salem Symphony.

He taught at Salem College, Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory, the University of Maine, the University of Akron and Tunghai University, Taiwan.

Lerch, a violinist, was a member of the Carnegie Trio, Eastman String Quartet, American String Teachers Association, Music Teachers National Association, Pi Kappa Lambda and Pi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

He was a recitalist and chamber music performer in Texas, Maine, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Virginia.

Lerch received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Julliard School of Music, where he received a Julliard Foundation Fellowship. He received a doctoral degree from the Eastman School of Music.

He was a U.S. Army veteran.

Posted on: Mon 13 August 2012

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