Name: Henry Joseph Brahinsky
Birth: 6 JAN 1917 in Kansas City, Missouri 1
Death: 15 FEB 2001 in Dallas, Texas
Note: heart failure, aplastic anemia
_FA1: Violinist; Public school music teacher; musician contractor
_FA3: Kansas City & St. Joseph MO; Marysville & Concordia KS;
_FA4: Dallas TX
_FA5: U. of Nebraska, B.M. in Ed. 1940; North Texas St. C.,
_FA6: M.M.E. 1958
Henry Joseph Brahinsky was for many years a leading member of Dallas'smusical community.
Henry was born January 6, 1917, in Kansas City, Missouri, the son ofRussian-Ukrainian immigrants Nathan Brahinsky and D oris ShapiroBrahinsky. During his childhood in Kansas City and St. Joseph, Missouri,and Marysville and Concordia, Kans as, Henry proved to be a young prodigyas a violinist, winning numerous local, state, and regional contests.
Following his graduation from Marysville (KS) High School, Henry enteredthe University of Nebraska in Lincoln, where h e studied violin with thenoted pedagogue Emanuel Wishnow. He earned a Bachelor of Music inEducation degree.
Upon his graduation, Henry was appointed assistant concertmaster of theDallas Symphony Orchestra, at the age of 22. Hi s career was interruptedby World War II, in which he served in the United States Army, seeingaction in Europe as a priv ate first class in an artillery unit of theThird Army, under the ultimate command of General George S. Patton.During th e war, Henry played with USO shows as they passed through theareas where he was stationed. When he returned to the Sta tes, Henry wasappointed assistant principal second violin of the Dallas SymphonyOrchestra.
As a member of the DSO, Henry worked under the batons of such legendarymusic directors as Jacques Singer, Antal Dorati , and Walter Hendl.During this time he married Muriel Silberman, a Dallas physician, withwhom he raised three sons, al l of whom became professional violinists.
In 1954, Henry ended his tenure with the Dallas Symphony. He became afull-time music teacher, at the same time remaini ng highly active as afree-lance performing musician and contractor. At the age of 40 hereturned to school and earne d a Master of Music Education degree fromNorth Texas State College (now the University of North Texas) in Denton.
Throughout his career Henry maintained a small but highly successfulprivate violin studio. He taught orchestra and ins tructedstring-instrument classes from the elementary to high-school levels inmany of the public schools in Dallas, an d also briefly served on thestring faculty at Texas Woman's University in Denton. He was an activemember of the Dalla s Music Educators Association, for which he served aterm as president, and of the Texas Music Educators Association. H e alsobelonged to the Classroom Teachers of Dallas.
During the 1950s Henry performed violin solos on a weekly program on WFAAradio in Dallas. During his career he serve d as concertmaster of theFort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Richardson Symphony Orchestra, and theCasa Manana Summer Mu sicals in Fort Worth, and was also SecondConcertmaster of the Fort Worth Opera Orchestra. He was a longtimemember of a nd musician contractor for the Wichita Falls SymphonyOrchestra. He played shows regularly for the Ice Capades and fo r theVenetian Room at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas, and had steady work withsmall ensembles at the Village Club and th e Hyatt Regency Hotel inDallas. He was a Life Member of the American Federation of Musicians.
After 1979, Henry spent his retirement from public-school teaching byenjoying his granddaughters and also--until debil itating medicalproblems made traveling difficult--seeing the world with his wife,Muriel. From 1996 until his death h e lived at the Twelveoaks RetirementCenter in Dallas.
Henry Brahinsky died February 15, 2001, in Dallas.
Father: Nathan Brahinsky b: 15 JAN 1887 in Altynovka, Ukraine, Russia
Mother: Doris Shapiro b: 20 JUN 1891 in Altynovka, Ukraine, Russia
Muriel Kay Silberman b: 16 NOV 1924 in Fort Worth, Texas
29 MAY 1950
in Dallas, Texas 1
- Martin David Brahinsky b: 14 MAR 1951 in Dallas, Texas
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- Text: (personal knowledge)