The papers of Thomas Nee, conductor and University of California, San Diego emeritus professor of music, include correspondence
and biographical materials related to his fifty years of classical and experimental music conducting.
Born in Evanston, Illinois on Oct. 25, 1920, Thomas Nee graduated from the University of Minnesota. Following service in the
Merchant Marine during World War II, he received his masters of arts from Hamline University, where he studied under composer
Ernst Krenek. His postgraduate work included studies at the University of Vienna, the Austrian State Academy, and Black Mountain
College with composer Stefan Wolpe in North Carolina, as well as private study with conductor Hermann Scherchen in Switzerland.
Nee was music director for the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis from 1954-1967 and 1972-1973.