George Bela Kehler was a noted pianist, music professor, and music scholar. He was a native of Szodliget, Hungary. He earned his doctoral degrees from the Royal Hungarian Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary, and the Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg, Austria. He also earned a law degree from the University of Budapest. Kehler studied under such famous pianists as Erno Daniel, Zoltan Kodaly, Edwin Fischer, and Wilhelm Kempff. He performed with the Budapest Symphony Orchestra, the Mozarteum Orchestra in Salzburg, and presented yearly recitals at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City, in addition to performing in many other cities throughout the world. From 1959 until his retirement in 1989, he was a professor of music at East Tennessee State University. Prior to coming to ETSU, he had taught at Bethany College, Illinois Wesleyan, and Kilgore College.
Dr. Kehler passed away in Johnson City, Tenn., on May 2, 2002 at the age of 82.
Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:
George Bela Kehler Papers
Sherrod Library Records
The collection is arranged into 8 series: Series 1, Correspondence, 1936-1977; Series 2, Book Collections and Funds, 1959-1971; Series 3, Library Reports and Studies, 1938-1970; Series 4, Status and Work of Librarians, 1969-1977; Series 5, Library Subject Files, 1941-1977; Series 6, Financial Records, 1912-1973; Series 7, Personnel Records, 1960-1970s; Series 8, Library Addition, 1964-1967.