American composer and arranger Clare Grundman was borh in Cleveland on May 11, 1913. He received his B.Sc. degree in education from Ohio State University in 1934. He taught instrumental music in public schools in Ohio and Kentucky before returning to Ohio State in 1937. At OSU, he taught the woodwind studio and woodwind methods courses, and served as assistant director of the concert and marching bands. He received his M.A. degree in 1940. At the Berkshire Music Center, Grundman studied with Paul Hindemith. During the Second World War, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1942 to 1945.
Grundman composed for films, radio, and television, and orchestrated and conducted Broadway musicals. Though he composed for orchestra, he is best known for his many compositions and arrangements for symphonic band.
Among the awards he received are the American Bandmasters Association’s Edwin Franko Goldman Memorial Citation (1983), the Sudler Order of Merit of the John Philip Sousa Foundation (1990), and the American School Band Directors Association’s Goldman Award (1992). He died in South Salem, New York, on June 15, 1996
The Clare Grundman Archive was given to Ohio State University in 1999, at the request of the Grundman estate, and put in the care of the Music & Dance Library. Grundman's publisher, Boosey and Hawkes, assembled this collection of his manuscripts, and they were organized and labeled by Robert E. Wharton, representing the Grundman estate, before their arrival at OSU.
The Archive consists primarily of manuscript scores, many with detailed markings for publication, and sketches representing over 100 items — most of them pencil on paper, together with some master transparencies, ozalid prints, and photocopies. Included are works for symphonic band and orchestra; preliminary sketches and condensed scores of band works; miscellaneous instrumental works; choral music with piano accompaniment; songs for voice and piano; scores of recorded dubbing music for cinema, radio, and television; and miscellaneous sketches. The Archive also contains some correspondence between the executor of the Grundman estate, OSU personnel, and Boosey and Hawkes about the gift of these materials to OSU and their potential use (copyright, etc.). The Archive does not include any of Grundman's personal correspondence. Finding Aid.