Jay Althouse received a B.S. degree in Music Education and an M.Ed. degree in Music from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. For eight years he served as a rights and licenses administrator for a major educational music publisher. During that time he served a term on the Executive Board of the Music Publishers Association of America.
As a composer of choral music, Mr. Althouse has over 400 works in print for choirs of all levels. His music is widely performed throughout the English-speaking world. He is a writer member of ASCAP and is a regular recipient of the ASCAP Special Award for his compositions in the area of standard music. His hobbies are cooking and swimming.
His book, Copyright: The Complete Guide for Music Educators has been in print continuously since 1984 and is recognized as the definitive sourcebook on the subject of copyright for music educators. An updated, second edition was released in 1999. Mr. Althouse has also co-written several musicals and cantatas with his wife, Sally K. Albrecht, compiled and arranged a number of highly regarded vocal solo collections, and is the co-writer, with Russell Robinson, of the best-selling book The Complete Choral Warm-up Book, published by Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.
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