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Clifton Swanson

Professor Emeritus

Clifton Swanson

B.A. Pomona College, M.M., University of Texas. Member Group for Contemporary Music. Founder and Music Director of the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival since 1971. Conductor of the San Luis Obispo Symphony from 1971 to 1983. Founder of the Mozart Akademie in 1986.

Studied String Bass under Paul Gregory, Peter Mercurio, and piano with Russell Sherman. Principal bass of Peter Britt Music Festival, Music Academy of the West, San Luis Obispo County Symphony. Guest conductor of the Kern County Beethoven Festival. Panelist for the California Arts Council. On the Board of Directors of the Association of California Symphony Orchestras.

Resident Director of the Cal Poly London Study Program. Recipient of the President's Arts Award for 1991 for contributions to the arts of San Luis Obispo County. Recipient of the College of Engineering Award for the Outstanding Teacher in the College of Liberal Arts, 1993. Recipient of the College of Liberal Arts' 2003 Award for Service. Professor in the Music Department for 37 years (1967-2004), and chaired the department for over 20 years.