Dwight Gustafson, former BJU fine arts dean, remembered as Renaissance man
BJU announced that Gustafson, 83, died Tuesday morning.
Lawson said Gustafson, who often conducted the universityâ€™s operas, was a serious teacher but with a strong sense of humor.
â€śHe did enjoy being funny,â€ť Lawson said. â€śHe had some great one-liners. He was a great teacher who interjected his classes with these human-interest stories that made music theory come alive. But he could also be very serious when he was in the midst of an opera rehearsal. He was a tremendous inspiration who passed on a commitment to excellence.â€ť
Gustafson not only taught classes and served as an administrator but also was known nationally for more than 160 arrangements and compositions, encompassing operas, hymns and orchestral works....