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Memoir

Arthur Hackett
Regents' Proceedings 1369

On April 5, 1954, Arthur Hackett, Professor of Voice in the School of Music, attained the age of seventy years and thereby became eligible for retirement as an active member of the faculty of this University.

Professor Hackett began the study of violin at an early age. He studied voice and all forms of music that pertain to voice culture, including the use of foreign languages in operatic performances, under Arthur Hubbard in Boston.

Before joining the University School of Music in 1930, he enjoyed a wide and varied career as soloist, first in the leading churches in Boston and New York and later with all of the major American symphony orchestras. He was in constant demand at such annual music functions as the Bach Festival at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the Worcester (Massachusetts) Festival, and the Ann Arbor May Festival. Professor Hackett accompanied Geraldine Farrar and Nellie Melba on several tours, singing with Madame Melba on her farewell tour of the British Isles.

In the twenty-four years he has been a teacher at the University he has developed high standards of proficiency among his students. After World War II he trained an extraordinarily large number of them, since many returned to him whose voice training was interrupted by war service.

As he enters the emeritus status the Regents of the University of Michigan extend to him their sincere congratulations upon his distinguished career as singer and teacher. They confer upon him the title Professor Emeritus of Voice and invite him to avail himself of all the courtesies customarily extended to emeritus members of the faculty.