||The 75 year old Texas music publisher, Southern Music Company of San Antonio, Texas, was acquired by Lauren Keiser, veteran music
publisher on June 22, 2012. Southern Music is a leading educational and concert music publisher having published thousands of
titles and establishing a long list of standard school and concert repertoire for band, chamber groups, individual
instruments, orchestra, choral and vocal forces.
Arthur Gurwitz, owner and CEO of Southern said, "We are happy and fortunate to be purchased by Lauren Keiser, a foremost
publisher in the United States and the world. We know that Southern Musicís future is assured in Laurenís capable
Lauren Keiser states...Ē Arthur Gurwitz and his family have dedicated their entire lives to creating this venerable
publishing enterprise, so it is a great honor to be part of the future of this esteemed publishing house with its talented
composers, excellent reputation and valued copyrights. We are excited to continue building on the long history of an American
music icon and publisher of so many gifted composers and authors.Ē
The Southern Music publications will be available from Hal Leonard,
who exclusively distributes the Lauren Keiser Music Publishing titles worldwide. Southern Music will maintain an office in
San Antonio, Texas with Bob Dingley, Southern Musicís General Manager, running the operation on a day-to-day basis.
About Southern Music Company:
Since its founding in 1937 in San Antonio, Texas, Southern Music has served students, private teachers, musicians, music
educators and music stores around the globe with music of all types. The publications catalog includes over 5,000 titles for
band, choir, orchestra and for all individual instruments for use by students from beginning to advanced levels. Many of
the company's musical works have become standards in the market and have been and continue to be performed throughout the world. Many
of the nationís leading composers have works published by Southern Music.
About Lauren Keiser Music Publishing
Veteran music publisher, Lauren Keiser, started Lauren Keiser Music Publishing (ASCAP) and Keiser Classical (BMI) from the
purchase of MMB Music's assets of St. Louis and joining it with new deals and editions he is creating and developing. His
almost forty years of being involved with Alfred, Cherry Lane and Carl Fischer , the latter two where he served as
CEO/President, provided a basis and foundation for a new music publishing company based on his experience. Mr. Keiser also
serves on the boards of the Music Publishers of the United States (Past President), The International Confederation of Music
Publishers (Vice-Chairman), the ASCAP Board of Review and the Symphonic and Concert Committee. In addition to his publishing
industry experience, he is a successful composer whose works have been performed at home and abroad.
The firm publishes performance and music copyrights of gifted American composers in addition to producing publications of
talented composers, writers and artists.