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Having a love for music and a desire to share it with others, Dr. Edwin Quistorff helped many students go on to enjoy successful careers in the field during the 30 years he served Central.
The professor emeritus of music not only touched the lives of many students in his classroom, but also delighted campus audiences over the years with his outstanding singing ability and knowledge of production. He presented recitals and directed a number of operas and musical comedies that appeared on Central Stages.
Dr. Quistorff joined the university in 1971, after teaching high school and community college in Ironwood, Mich. He served as voice teacher and opera director throughout his career at the university, while also making time to serve on the Faculty Senate, where he was a member of the Curriculum Committee, and former Budget Committee chair.
His education took place in Chicago, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in music (voice pedagogy) in 1960 at DePaul University. He also studied at Northwestern University, where he received a Master of Music degree in 1961 and Doctor of Music degree in 1974.
Dr. Quistorff’s wife, Lynda and two sons, Timothy and Thomas, are all Central graduates.