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Fred Shulze, Iconic Music Professor Emeritus, Dies

Published: Jan 29, 2013

Dr. Fred Shulze

Dr. Frederick B. Shulze, professor emeritus of music, died this morning at the Kindred Transitional Care Center in Muncie, Ind. Shulze served as music professor and campus organist at Taylor University from 1970-2002. He was also well known as the organist at Muncie’s First Baptist Church – a position he held for 37 years.

A native of Portland, Ore., Shulze earned the Bachelor of Music in organ performance from Wheaton College in 1957. After a year of graduate study at the University of Michigan, he returned to Oregon where he became an instructor in music at Cascade College in Portland in 1959. In 1962 he took a leave of absence and earned a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University. He then returned to Cascade College where he taught until 1968 when he received a teaching assistantship for doctoral studies. In 1970, he received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance from the University of Washington.

During his 32 years of service at Taylor, Shulze was a professor of organ and taught music theory, music history, composition, arranging and electronic music. Shulze also played recitals and oratorio accompaniments throughout the Northwest and Midwest before he retired in 2002.

“Fred Shulze was known in the music department as a professor who would do anything for students or colleagues who needed assistance,” said Dr. Albert Harrison, music department chairman and a longtime faculty colleague of Shulze’s. “His service to the university as campus organist was greatly appreciated in the days when the organ was utilized for every campus chapel program. In the music department, he was faithful to take care of the technology needs and the recordings of all the concert events.

“Fred traveled with the concert chorale and the wind ensemble on tours and performed his duties faithfully on those occasions,” Harrison added. “His sense of humor was contagious and he cared deeply about the art of music at Taylor University and the university mission to educate young people for Christian service.”

He is survived by his wife Darlene and two grown children, Stephanie and Steven. Visitation for Dr. Fred Shulze will be Friday, February 8, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., at Jones-Smith Funeral Home in Upland. Funeral service will be held Saturday, February 9, at 10:00 a.m., in the Recital Hall of the Smith-Hermanson Music Center.  

Memorial contributions may be made to Taylor University’s Fred Shulze Scholarship Fund, 236 W. Reade Ave., Upland, IN 46989, or to Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 511, Upland, Indiana, 46989.