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Quant, Willis Sylvester (November 2, 1913-February 1, 1987)



  • Existence: November 2, 1913 - February 1, 1987


Willis Sylvester Quant was born in Kansas on November 2, 1913 and died February 1, 1987 in Raleigh, North Carolina. He served as a Private First Class in the U.S. Army during World War II. In the 1950s Quant was an assistant in the Music Department at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Quant was a private piano teacher in Raleigh, and wrote original exercises and compositions for his students. Many of the compositions are listed under copyright from the 1965 Library of Congress records, though it is unclear if any were ever published. Quant also wrote a manual on keyboard technique, Beyond Notes, Keys and Fingers, which is included in the collection. His sister, Dorothy Quant Neville, lived most of her life in the Kansas City area and received his musical belongings upon his death.

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Willis Quant Collection

Identifier: MS-0335
Scope and Contents The Willis Sylvester Quant Collection, housed in the Dr. Kenneth J. LaBudde Department of Special Collections, was donated in October of 2017 to the University of Missouri-Kansas City by his sister Dorothy’s caretaker. It contains manuscript copies of over 30 piano, vocal, and string compositions by Quant. It also includes piano technique exercise manuals written by Quant.The manuscript scores include dated (1964-1981) and undated works. The majority of the works are for piano,...
Dates: 1964 - 1982