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
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.