Donn Borcherdt was born in Montrose, California. Borcherdt was a
composer and pianist. After he received his BA from UCLA in composition
and conducting, he began his graduate studies in ethnomusicology in
1956, focusing first on Armenian folk music and, later, on the music of
Mexico. He earned his MA from UCLA in 1962. Borcherdt conducted field
research in Jalisco, Mexico, in 1960, 1961, and 1963-64. His
publications include "Armenian Folk Music in the Los Angeles and Fresno
Areas," Western Folklore (1959). Borcherdt also hosted the weekly radio
program, "Many Worlds of Music," in 1960-62, on KPFK in Los Angeles.
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