The Life of William Call

My full name is William Anson Call. I was born in Afton (Star Valley),  Wyoming in 1938. I am a descendent of Anson Call who lived in Nau voo, Illinois and came to Utah with the Mormon pioneers. My great  grandfather, Anson Vasco Call, was one of the original settlers in Star  Valley. I am the third son of Reuel Thomas and Verna Anson Call. I  graduated from Afton Elementary School in 1952 and from Star Valley  High School in 1956. 

I attended Utah State University from 1956 to 1958 and served as a  Mormon missionary in Northern Mexico from 1958 to 1961. I enrolled  at Brigham Young University in 1961. I was married to Helen Field in  1962. We are the parents of eight children. I received a bachelor of arts  degree in 1963 and a master of arts degree in 1965 from BYU. I attended  graduate school at Champaign-Urbana from 1965 to 1968 and was  awarded a doctor of musical arts degree by the University of Illinois in  1971. The emphasis of my study was music composition with a minor  in philosophy. 

In 1968 I became a full-time employee in my father’s oil company,  Caribou Four Corners Inc. I served as vice president of retail sales from  1971 to 1983 when I became the president of the company. From about  1960 to 1985 the company operated two small oil refineries, a fleet of  petroleum delivery trucks, and a string of gas stations/convenience  stores. In the 80s the refineries were closed and the principal activity of  the company became the operation of convenience stores. Reflecting  this new emphasis the name of the company was changed to Maverik  Country Stores Inc. In 2000 when I retired, “Maverik” had become the  largest marketer of motor fuels and convenience foods in the Intermoun tain West. 

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Following my return to Afton after a 12-year absence I entered a period  of adjustment as I re-adapted to life in rural Wyoming. During this time,  while maintaining my position in Maverik, I wrote several musical  works for both instruments and singers including symphonies, operas,  songs, and a concerto for piano and orchestra. My opera El Curioso Impertinente was performed at the tabernacle in Paris, Idaho in 1987.

In the following years I met the continued challenge of performing the music I  wrote by forming what was first called the Bear Lake Music Festival and  later became Great Music West. The organization presented annual con certs and/or stage productions from 1992 to 1999. My second opera was  performed in 1992 and my third in 1998. In addition to operatic productions and orchestral concerts the music festival sponsored chamber mu sic at various venues in Evanston, the Bear Lake area, and Star Valley.  Singers and instrumentalists were recruited from professional organizations throughout the country.  

After I retired from Maverik I completed three additional symphonies,  another opera, chamber music, songs, and revised much of the music I  had previously written. Generally speaking, my compositions reverence  classical forms and styles but are additionally influenced by the religious  and popular music I was exposed to during my adolescent years. I also  completed several new books including The Parmenides Problem 2007  and Our Qualitative Existence 2019.  

 

My son, Thor Call, owner/operator of the Thunder Music recording stu dio has engaged professional performers to record the works that appear  on this website. The most ambitious of these projects is the complete  recording of the opera El Curioso Impertinente.

Mine has been the opportunity to live life from the mixed perspective of  business, the arts, and philosophical inquiry, a combination from which  have come many advantages together with many incongruences. The  two combined may constitute material for a more in-depth biographical  study. 

My wife, Helen, died on October 1, 2012. We were married on June 14, 1962. I proceed as one who has the time and the opportunity to focus on  those aspects of life that appear to be most promising and productive.  

February 2021

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