Kenneth Schermerhorn, 75, who led the Nashville Symphony for more than 20 years, died Monday of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
Born in Schenectady, N.Y., Schermerhorn learned to play violin, clarinet and trumpet as a child.
He studied at the New England Conservatory and played in the trumpet section of the Boston Symphony after graduation.
After being drafted into the Army in the early 1950s, his first conducting post was with the 7th Army Symphony Orchestra. In 1957, he was appointed music director of the American Ballet Theatre, a position he held for nine years.