The Ingolf Dahl papers contain the manuscripts, scores, and professional and personal papers of American composer and USC
School of Music faculty member Ingolf Dahl (1912-1970). Dahl, one of USC's most distinguished faculty members, had a long
and successful career in music both here in his adopted country and abroad. In 1938, Dahl immigrated to the U.S. and settled
in Los Angeles where he found work as a composer and conductor for radio and film. In 1943, Dahl joined the faculty of USC.
He remained a member of the faculty until his death.
Originally born Walter Ingolf Marcus in Hamburg, Germany to a German father and a Swedish mother, Ingolf Dahl (1912-1970),
one of USC's most distinguished faculty members, enjoyed a long and successful career in music. Dahl began his formal music
education at the Hochschule fur Musik Koln (Cologne Conservatory), where he studied with Philipp Jarnach from 1930 to 1932.
Then, fearing the oppression of the rising Nazi party, he left Germany for Switzerland where he studied with Volkmar Andreae
and Walter Frey at the University of Zurich, where he chose Art History as his major and continued his studies in musicology.
His first professional assignment out of school was as opera coach with the Zurich Stadttheater, eventually rising to the
position of conductor. During this period, Dahl was also composing and performing as a concert pianist in Zurich, Berne and
Cologne. It was also during this period that Dahl met his future wife, Etta Gordon Linnick.
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