Vilem Sokol

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Vilem Sokol (born May 22, 1915) was professor of music at the University of Washington from 1948 to 1985, where he taught violin, viola, conducting, as well as music appreciation classes directed primarily toward non-music majors. He was conductor of the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras from 1960 to 1988, and principal violist of the Seattle Symphony from 1959 to 1962.

Sokol was raised in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. When he was fifteen years old, he studied with Otakar Ševčík in Boston. He received a bachelor's degree in music from Oberlin College in 1938, where he studied violin with Raymond Cerf, and studied for one year on scholarship with Jaroslav Kocián at the State Conservatory of Music in Prague, the Czech homeland of his parents. He also studied under a fellowship grant at the Juilliard School in New York. Upon his return from Prague, he taught at Shorter College in Rome, Georgia for two years. He returned in 1941 to Oberlin College to pursue graduate work, but was drafted into the service after the United States entered the Second World War. He served state side in Miami Beach, Lincoln, Nebraska, and Biloxi, Mississippi. Following his discharge in 1945, he returned to Oberlin College to...
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