Geary Henderson Larrick, DMA

Title: Composer
Company: Geary and Lydia Publications
Location: Stevens Point, Wisconsin, United States

Geary Henderson Larrick, DMA, Composer at Geary and Lydia Publications, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music composition.

Discovering his interest in music at a young age, Dr. Larrick began playing the piano at the age of five and the marimba at the age of seven. Realizing he had an aptitude for music, he subsequently attended college for musical studies and earned a Bachelor of Science from The Ohio State University in 1965, followed by a Master of Music from the Eastman School of Music in 1970. After gaining prominence in the field, he returned to his studies and received a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Colorado in 1984.

Dr. Larrick commenced his career in music at the age of 22 when he served as a percussionist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for one year. Delving into education soon thereafter, he served as a teacher for Cambridge City Schools and an instructor at Muskingum College from 1966 to 1968. Employed by the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra for one year, he then served as a longtime professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point from 1969 to 1985 and a percussionist for the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra from 1969 to 1998.

Since 1985, Dr. Larrick has been a composer with Geary and Lydia Publications, a music company he runs with his wife. Alongside his primary endeavors, he also contributed his expertise as a writer for Peter Lang Publications, Edwin Mellen Press and the NACWPI Journal. Locally involved, he formerly sat on the board of directors for the Stevens Point Symphony Orchestra, was a member of the scholarship committee for the University of Wisconsin, and sat on the administrative board for St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. He has also written more than 10 books on topics of music and music composition, as well as 22 musical article guides, 62 RILM abstracts and 110 music indexes. His work is also exhibited on WorldCat.

Dr. Larrick was the former president of the Wisconsin Percussive Arts Society and is renowned for his skills in percussion and piano. In his spare time, he enjoys playing the marimba at his church, the drums in a community band, and the piano at his local elementary school. He also loves walking, reading and watching sports. The highlight of his career, however, was when he was offered the opportunity to play the vibraharp as a soloist in an art gallery in Columbus, OH. Impressively, he has been featured in the third edition of Who’s Who in Entertainment, as well as the 25th and 26th editions of Who’s Who in the Midwest.

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