Blog Community SAY HELLO HERE!

November 13, 2008

Hello fellow Beversdorfs, Beversdorf fans, students, family researchers, and anyone else who’s stumbled onto this site.   I’m Anne Beversdorf (daughter of S. Thomas), and I guess I’m your host here.

This is where you can say hello, tell family stories (be nice now!), and communicate with other strange, weird and wonderful Beversdorfs and their friends who have found their way here.   Your comments may turn into new web pages, your pictures can illustrate them.

I will be adding more photos and information to the site as the bug bites me and I have time.  (The bug is chewing pretty hard right now, but time is limited, so this is just a start.)

So look at pictures, check out the STB2 Bio, wish me luck on learning how to get music out there, and just hang out here.


20 Responses to “Blog Community SAY HELLO HERE!”

  1. Scott Copeland on February 22nd, 2009 3:00 pm

    Hi, I am working on the Sonata for trumpet and piano, and I was wondering if you knew of any recordings available.
    Thanks so much!


  2. admin on February 22nd, 2009 6:25 pm

    Hi Scot. I did find a performance with John Rommel, trumpet, and Luke Gillespie, piano. Since this is the first request of the sort, I’ll just put it up as a downloadable mp3 file this evening.

  3. Louanne Beversdorf on February 8th, 2010 12:38 pm

    Hello Anne and anyone reading this page.

    I’m saying hello since we have almost the same name and just thought I would get myself on the webpage! Awesome! I love your pictures and stories.

    Louanne Beversdorf

  4. Phil on May 22nd, 2012 9:05 am

    to whom it may concern, CHAMBER MUSIC by THOMAS BEVERSDORF, Coronet record number LPS 3009. Autographed in 1974. This LP is available. Anyone interested please email at for pictures and details.

  5. Emily on March 21st, 2014 8:55 pm

    Hi Anne,
    I’ve been doing some research on your family’s history…a Bloomington native myself, I’m quite happy to finally know the story behind the mural on the side of the old Smith-Holden building! I have a couple of questions for you if you wouldn’t mind emailing me. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

  6. Keith Hyman on March 29th, 2014 4:37 am

    I studied composition with your dad at IU in the mid-1970s. I loved him. I’m not exactly sure how he helped me develop my skills as a composer, but I know he did. He was a genuine soul; no other teacher was so supportive and encouraging. The last time I saw him was on a visit to Bloomington (IN). I phoned him to say “hi.” He invited me — a 22-year-old new graduate — to his home, where I met your mom. We shared a bottle of wine; he had an impressive cellar. I think of him often and will always remember his charming personality. I’m so glad to have found this website/blog. Best wishes.
    –Keith in Nashville (TN)

  7. admin on March 29th, 2014 8:29 pm

    Hi Keith. Thank you so much for writing. It’s lovely to hear such warm memories of him. I know he touched many lives. Mom still lives in Bloomington and decided to move into the fabulous Meadowood Retirement Community about 10? years ago. In May of 2012 she married Joseph Rezits who was head of the Piano Dept. at IU. We’re all thrilled about this–my sibs and his kids both–and they are both hale and healthy at 89.

  8. Emily on November 29th, 2014 10:37 pm

    Happy to report, my family now resides in the Beversdorf home in Bloomington Indiana! Such an incredible man, your father…I have yet to visit with your mother. Anne, we have some catching up to do! 🙂

  9. Mark E. Weaver on October 5th, 2015 10:51 am

    Your father came into my life at just the right time. Thanks to his efforts and patience with me, I have managed to enjoy a career as a professional trombonist. At a point of confusion in my young student days at IU, Dr. Beversdorf took me in and guided me to the point that I began to believe in myself. He was always encouraging me, and always showing me how to work on things methodically and with care. So happy that I found your page Anne. I think of him often and hear him speaking in my ear in rehearsals. Cheers—Mark E. Weaver

  10. admin on October 5th, 2015 1:30 pm

    Thank you so much for writing, Mark. I will forward your message to my mother, who is 91 and hale and hearty–and she will love to hear this. And again, Really–THANK you for writing! –Anne B.

  11. Mary Ann Adams on April 21st, 2016 11:36 am

    This is Mary Ann’s daughter writing…
    My mother and I are on our way to Bloomington, and she just asked me to look up your father, saying he had been her 1st trombone teacher and then sent her to Buddy Baker. She remembers your mother as well.
    She even remembers some sort of water feature just outside or even in your house at that time!

  12. admin on May 3rd, 2017 4:14 pm

    Somehow I never got the notice of your email of last year and I’m SO sorry. Mom is still in Bloomington, living at Meadowood. She married Joseph Rezits in 2012 (they were both 88). Dad died in 1981 of asthma. You are right about the water feature. It was part of the house that Dad designed in the early years of their living there, but it was later filled in. Mom’s email is and I know she would love to hear from Mary Ann.

  13. Bill Clark on May 1st, 2017 4:11 pm

    Hello. I had no idea this website existed, and it is great. My grandparents were Minnie Beversdorf Day and DeMotte Day. My mother was Doris Day Clark. I have one sister named Mary Emily Clark. I just wanted to point out one discrepancy on the list of relatives. The date listed for my mother’s death is actually the date of my father’s death. Doris Day Clark passed away on Sept. 10, 1989.Thank you for all your hard work. I will spend more time with this site.

  14. admin on May 3rd, 2017 4:11 pm

    How fascinating! Is the Beversdorf part of your family from the Texas or the Wisconsin bunch? It’s a rare name, but there are apparently two separate groups of immigrants. My family came from “Germany” (appears to be the Austrian Empire and the country would have been “Pomerl” which I think is “Pomerania”) in the mid 19th century.

  15. Keith Hyman on October 27th, 2017 4:21 pm

    Anne, thank you for this website. I studied composition with your wonderful father for four semesters in the mid-1970s. He was so kind and helpful and had an almost magical way of teaching. I remember once sitting on the piano bench with him right next to me, puzzling out the direction for the piano piece I was writing. “Here,” he said and showed me a few measures of a work by Stravinsky. I saw the light! The example was so helpful and gratifying. Once, he invited me over to his house in Bloomington after I graduated (not in music, though I did minor in it) and he showed me his fabulous wine cellar, picked out a German bottle, and we drank it! I also had the pleasure of meeting your Mom that visit. Dr B will always be with me and I treasure the experience of learning with him. God bless!

  16. Keith Hyman on October 27th, 2017 4:23 pm

    Hey — I just realized that I sent you a similar message in March 2014. See? Your dad is often on my mind.

  17. Cathia Gantz on February 2nd, 2018 3:08 pm

    Hi! I am a great granddaughter of Heinrich Frederick Gantz and Lillie Stroud Gantz. They had four children, but I can only attest to the names of two. You show they had one son and I do not know if the name you have is correct. Their son, Henry Lee Gantz, Sr., was my grandfather. Henry Lee Gantz, III, is my brother. I saw another name in your genealogies of someone I was possibly related to by marriage at one time: a Clark from Lockhart who had a daughter Dorothy and a son, both now deceased, and born over 90 years ago. Your website has provided some very interesting reading for me.

  18. Mark Weaver on August 8th, 2019 11:57 am

    Hi Anne — Thinking of your Dad today on his birthday. Just realized my Mom and he would have been the same age. All the best to the Beversdorf family. I miss your Dad’s wise council. I have a picture of your Dad in his tails with the “magic horn.” Could you email so I could get it to you for the website.

    Best Regards,
    Mark Weaver

  19. Cathia Gantz on November 29th, 2019 8:46 am

    I found you when I was checking something about my ancestry. I sent your website info to my brother who lives in Georgetown. Turns out you or your husband have quite probably met him as he immediately knew of your husband due to a major transaction he made with him. What a coincidence that two people with the same great, great grandfather would accidentally connect – you and my brother. Please contact me if you wish. Cathia Gantz

  20. Mark Weaver on May 14th, 2020 3:58 pm

    Hi Anne,

    Very sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. She was such a gracious lady to your Dan’s many students. I will remember fondly the few moments that I had in your family home. Condolences to the Beversdorf family.


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