Horace Hopper's Musical Adventures

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About the Creators

Horace Hopper would not exist without the support of several people. With specializations in graphic design, art education, and music education, the talented people who worked on our product are among the most talented and dedicated people we could have asked for.

 Lonnie Liggitt

Lonnie R. Liggitt Presented with the Albert Nelson Marquis
Lifetime Achievement Award by Marquis Who’s Who

Mr. Liggitt has been endorsed by Marquis Who’s Who as a leader in composing, musical performance, and finance
SAND SPRINGS, OK, July 3, 2018, Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles, is
proud to present Lonnie R. Liggitt with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished
listee, Mr. Liggitt celebrates many years’ experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements,
leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who’s Who
biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as
position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the
selection process.

As owner of Greenwood Digital Studios in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and President of Horace Hopper’s Musical Adventures,
Inc. (www.Horacehopper.com), Lonnie Liggitt has been involved in research on early childhood education for 15
years. His work, funded through private foundations, state grants and with venture capital, involved the causal
relationship between his computer music applications and communication skills of higher functioning autistic and
Asperger’s Syndrome diagnosed children. His company has won 4 national awards in education and Mr. Liggitt is a
member of Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who Among American Teachers. This year Mr. Liggitt was selected for
the highest honor given by Who’s Who, the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.

All his life, Mr. Liggitt has immersed himself in composing and musical performance as
a pianist, organist, and conductor. Many of his contemporary works have been published
through DSM (Warner Bros.) in New York. He has managed and toured around the
world with Mrs. Ernestine Dillard, one of the most talented Gospel singers of our time.
They have performed for President Clinton and the prestigious Trumpet Awards on
Turner Broadcasting. They have released three albums.

His organ concerts include St. Thomas Episcopal on Fifth Avenue (NYC), The American Cathedral in Paris and
Syracuse University. He simultaneously completed two Masters of Music degrees as a Graduate Fellow with the
famous organist Dr. Arthur Poister and as a graduate assistant to Dr. Earl George, head of the theory department. He
remained on the faculty at Syracuse University with Dr. Earl George and Dean Howard Boatwright as a conductor,
teacher, recitalist and musical theorist. Additionally, he became Composer in Residence under Walt Whitcover for the
New York Repertory Theater. He wrote the realizations of several early Frescobaldi Concerti discovered by Dr. Don
Smithers, who recorded them with Oxford Press. While teaching at Syracuse University he wrote and produced the
first quarter-tone ballet, A Season in Hell, based on the writings of Arthur Rimbaud. Uras Ubon from Latvia created
the film/scrim environment.

Mr. Liggitt’s scores have been performed by the Jackson Symphony, the Memphis Symphony, and the Oklahoma City
Philharmonic. He was on the Founding board of Directors of the new Tulsa Symphony, the first Education Director,
and is now on the Auxiliary Board.

Noted Composer Ben Allaway invited Mr. Liggitt to perform the World Premier as organist of his magnificent Heaven
and Earth, a Celtic Journey in 2011. He was also organist for the premiers in Ireland and Wales. For several years he
was organist/choir director for First Presbyterian Church in Claremore, Oklahoma and served as adjunct faculty
member at Rogers State University and Tulsa Community College.

Mr. Liggitt conducted the world premiere of Antol Dorati’s Missa Brevis at Syracuse University and was associate
conductor of the New York City premier of Dominick Argento’s Masque of Angels. As a composer in London, he was
commissioned to write the film score for the BBC II Film Production of The Three Princes and the BBC Radio
production of Aubrey Beardsley. Locally, he was composer and musical director for OETA’s Production of Will
Roger’s Romance with Betty and America, written by Tulsan, Lynette Bennett.

As the associate conductor of the Pittsburg Civic Light Opera for two seasons, Mr. Liggitt conducted 12 Broadway
musicals and light operas and coached the principles brought in for the leads, including Shirley Jones, Patrice Munsel,
Gretchen Wyler, Jean Fenn, Giorgio Tozzi and Richard Metcalf. He was strongly influenced by the esteemed
conductor William Steinberg who conducted the famous Pittsburgh Symphony during the time Liggitt was conducting
the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. Most of the same musicians were in both orchestras. Liggitt worked as Associate
Conductor to Maestro Karl Kritz, former conductor at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. During those 2 seasons
he conducted the chorus during the day and conducted the entire show for one performance each week. During the
remaining nights, he sat in the pit next to the conductor and marked every wrong note in the score. Introduced in
London by Gretchen Wyler, whom he had conducted in Guys and Dolls, he coached all the major roles in the West
End opening of Mame, staring Ginger Rogers. He composed and orchestrated the music for Sue Nichols in her debut
tour of England and Wales.

More recently, Liggitt was commissioned to orchestrate a new opera by David Wilson, More Than a Man Can Take.
He also performed his own composition dedicated to Martin Luther King, “There Comes a Time” with choir and
soloists. He recently conducted a performance of the Messiah with the Tulsa Chamber Orchestra and the Rogers State
University Choir.

During the 1980’s Mr. Liggitt changed direction and became a securities broker for Dean Witter Reynolds (now
Morgan Stanley). In Dallas, he became head of the Southwest Region of the United States in Private Placements,
including Hybritech, Motorola, and Chrysler and had approximately 1,000 brokers under his leadership in that area.
During the next 5 years, Liggitt plans to collaborate with Pulitzer Prize Nominee, Clifton Taulbert, and finish parts 2
and 3 of their Trilogy dedicated to Martin Luther King. He is also committed to creating a Flute Concerto with
Symphonic Orchestra for Tommy Wildcat, Cherokee National Treasure.
And finally, to organize a Special Olympics for the Arts.

He and his wife, Jean, live in Anchorage in the summers and on Keystone Lake in Oklahoma in the winters. They love
to travel and camp out. They hiked on the Appalachian Trail recently, climbing to the top of Mt. Rogers.
In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who’s Who community, Lonnie R.
Liggitt has been featured on the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement website. Please visit
www.ltachievers.com for more information about this honor.

Dr.Christee Jenlink

Associate Dean of Education
Professor of Education
Northwestern - Alva
Education Center 205C
Phone: (580) 327-8450
Curriculum Vitae


  • Ed.D. Educational Administration, Oklahoma State University
  • M.Ed. Education, Music, Northwestern Oklahoma State University
  • B.A. Ed. Music Education


  • Elementary and Secondary Principal
  • Instrumental Music
  • Vocal Music
  • Music Theory
  • Social Sciences


  • Ed.D. Educational Administration, Oklahoma State University
  • M.Ed. Education, Music, Northwestern Oklahoma State University
  • B.A. Ed. Music Education


  • Elementary and Secondary Principal
  • Instrumental Music
  • Vocal Music
  • Music Theory
  • Social Sciences

Christee is a cherished long term associate of Lonnie Liggitt and spent several years in the planning and research development of this incredible project. I want to recognize that her brilliance and intuitive love of the children we studied helped grow the startling discoveries we have made in childhood development. These special individuals are not trapped! They can learn and prosper, they can communicate. They can change. They need help that is based on strong creativity in their mentors. They need Horace Hopper.

Herb Robb

Herb Robb is a nationally recognized artist and graphics designer. He was a student of Michael Aviano in New York and is currently president of the Oklahoma Society of Impressionists. His paintings, murals, and sculptures are in corporate, public, and private collections across the United States. He has ten years of experience in art education, working with people of all ages. Robb provided the illustrations and is the Art Director for the "Horace Hopper Musical Adventures.

Cindy Liggitt

Cindy Liggitt, as collaborator in the project, has undergraduate degrees in Elementary Education with emphasis in Special Education. She has a master's degree in School and Community Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Currently, she works in the elementary school system and has played piano and flute since childhood.


The voice of Horace is Lonnie Liggitt, Cindy Liggitt plays Diana the Dinosaur, Jim Vance is Smith and Dr. String, and Grant Allen is Robert Louis Stevenson. The drawings you can trace and color are by Stacy Lunsford.

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