Kay received a B.M. (1938) from the University of Arizona and an M.M. in
composition (1940) from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with
Howard Hanson and Bernard Rogers. He also studied with Paul Hindermith at
the Berkshire Music Center (1941), Yale University (1942), and Otto Luening
at Columbia University. Kay has received numerous awards and honors; among
them are: the 1965 State Department Cultural Exchange for American Composers
to Russian, the Ditson, Rosenwald, and Guggenheim Fellowships, the Prix
de Rome (twice), and honorary doctorates. Kay has written extensively and
his compositions include: Markings, Of New Horizons, Three Pieces After
Blake, Fantasy Variations, Choral Triptych, Umbrian Science, The Operas,
Jubilee, and The Juggler of Our Lady.
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A Supplementary Textbook. Iowa:Wm. C. Brown Publishers, 1990.