Theodore Price

PRICE, Theodore, Aug 5, 1933 – Sep 13, 2012. Ted Price passed away last Thursday at Univ. of Neb. Medical Center at the age of 79. He was a champion of the arts in Nebraska with a musical career spanning 60 years as a performer, teacher, professional critic, composer, and arts administrator. Born and raised in Los Angeles by Yugoslavian parents, Ted graduated from George Washington High School in 1951. After high school, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in English from USC and joined the US Naval Reserve as a Lieutenant Junior Grade, serving as Signal Officer aboard the USS Thetis Bay. In 1957, Ted returned to study music at Cal State Los Angeles, during which time he met and married Virginia Haynes. Ted went on to earn his second Bachelor’s degree in 1965, and in 1966 he completed his Master’s in Piano Performance and Musicology from the USC School of Music. In 1966, Ted was awarded a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship for post-graduate studies in Music Criticism, and the couple moved east to follow his career path. Over the next eight years, he served as a professional music critic for the Evening Star in Washington, D.C.; Knight-Ridder Newspapers in Akron, Ohio; Gannett Newspapers in Rochester, New York; and High Fidelity Magazine. While in Akron, Ted taught at Kent State University School of Journalism and founded the Greater Akron Arts Federation. Virginia gave birth to their two sons, and in 1972 the family moved to Rochester. In 1974, Ted and Virginia were divorced. Ted resettled in Lincoln, Neb. and worked writing television scripts for the Nebraska Department of Education. Ted moved to Omaha in 1976, where he taught music at UNO and the College of Saint Mary. He selflessly cared for Leonard Thiessen—a prominent modernist painter and arts agency director. Under Leonard’s mentorship, Ted accepted a position as the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Arts Council, raising funds and developing programs for the citizens of Omaha. In 1980, Ted took to the airwaves as a classical programmer at KIOS-FM, a position he held for 17 years. He continued to promote the arts by performing concert fundraisers, managing several musical groups like the Baroque Chamber Soloists and the Omaha Bartok Society, facilitating play readings, and serving as a member of the Omaha City Cultural Center Committee. He married Yvonne Luscutoff in 1983, settled in northwestern Omaha, and served on the Board of Trustees of the First Unitarian Church of Omaha. Ted retired from KIOS in 1997, and he and Yvonne were divorced in 2000. He composed music, wrote short plays, and traveled to California to study with expert pianists. Since 1997, he performed a multitude of duet programs with pianist Vicky Sedlacek. Ted is survived by his son Jason Price of Los Angeles, his son Brendan Price of Detroit, and four grandchildren. MEMORIAL SERVICE Thursday, Sept. 20, 4pm at the First Unitarian Church of Omaha, 3114 Harney. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the nonprofit organization Film Streams at www.filmstreams.org.

HEAFEY-HEAFEY-HOFFMANN DWORAK & CUTLER Mortuaries and Crematories 7805 West Center Road Omaha, Nebraska 68124 (402) 391-3900

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