Clawson Y. Cannon Jr.

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Education and Career

Clawson Y. Cannon Jr. received his bachelor's degree at the Eastman School of Music in 1948, and received a master's degree in music from BYU in 1954, with a thesis entitled "The Performance of Baroque Keyboard Music on the Modern Piano." He also attended the Konservatorium in Zürich in 1953. He then attended New York University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and wrote a PhD thesis entitled "The 16th and 17th Century Organ-mass: a Study in Musical Style."

Following the retirement of Conan E. Mathews as Dean, Cannon became the acting Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communications in 1967. Cannon later served one year as an Assistant Dean for Lorin F. Wheelwright. During his time at BYU, Cannon taught musicology, music history and piano. He also managed the Lyceum concerts and programs for three years. Cannon also worked on the Banyan, the BYU yearbook. He was also the Secretary for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the American Musicology Society.

Personal Life

Cannon was born on April 7, 1923, the son of Clawson Y. Cannon Sr and Winnifred Morrell Cannon. He was the great grandson of Brigham Young and Emily Dow Partridge Young. He served in the US Army as assistant and organist to a traveling Chaplain on the European front.

He married Doris Brown on January 13, 1954 in the Salt Lake Temple. Together they served a mission for the LDS Church at the Switzerland Temple in Bern, and later served in the Dallas, Texas Temple. Cannon also served a service mission in the indexing help center for They had five children: Judith, Clawson (III), Carlie, Jonathan and Jason.

Cannon passed away peacefully on October 3, 2014.

External Links


  • Wilkinson, Ernest Brigham Young University: The First One Hundred Years Brigham Young University Press, 1976.
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