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Gilbert M. Carp

Gilbert M. Carp

Posted: Tuesday, October 28, 2008 4:00 pm

Gilbert M. Carp, 85, of Martin, died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008, at Volunteer Community Hospital. Memorial service and celebration of life were held 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Lee Clements officiating. Carp was born April 9, 1923, in New Orleans, La., son of the late William and Anna Bienn Carp. He was a World War II U.S. Army Air Force veteran and professor emeritus of music and composer-in-residence at the University of Tennessee at Martin. He was on the faculty of UT Martin from 1969-1992, with theory/composition and clarinet as his main areas. He was the clarinetist for the University Trio from 1971-1988. He received a bachelor of music education at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La., and a bachelor of music and master of music at Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C. He continued his education with doctoral studies at Florida State University in Tallahassee and was in private study with Edwin Gerschefski in clarinet and composition. He began his career as an instructor at Grunewald School of Music in New Orleans, was orchestra and band director at the South Carolina School for the Blind in Spartanburg, assistant professor of theory and woodwinds at Converse College and director of the School of Music and associate professor at Centenary College in Shreveport, La. He represented the state of Tennessee as a composer and performer on the Kennedy Center bicentennial program and performed numerous recitals. Survivors include his wife, Rella Anderson Carp of Martin; two sons, David Carp of Katy, Texas, and Donald Carp of Jackson; two daughters, Susan Carp of Martin and Sharon Watkins of Columbia; and three grandchildren. Web site: murphyfuneralhome.net wcp 10-28-08

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