Howard Brucker, 56, a senior music specialist with the Voice of America died of a liver ailment Friday at Fair-Tax County Hospital.

Mr. Bucker had worked for the VOA, a division of the U. S. Information Agency, since 1964. At the VOA he arranged and produced music for broadcast.

He had taught music at several universities, including Hampton Institute, from 1953 to 1963.

Mr. Brucker was born in New York City. He earned a bachelor's degree at the City College of New York, a master's degree at the Juilliard School of music and a doctorate at the Eastman School of Music. He also received a diploma in conducting from the Paris Conservatory.

He had composed a number off classical pieces that were played by the Marine Band and the Eastman Rochester Symphony Orchestra.

He served in the Army in Europe during World War II.

Mr Brucker was a member of the College Music Society, the South-eastern Composers' League, and the American Association of University Professors.

He is survived by his wife, Claire F., and a son, Paul, of the home in Falls Church; a daughter, Jane, of New York City; his mother, Beatrice, of Miami Beach; a brother, Arthur, of Coral Gables, Fla., and a sister,Barbara Schwimmer, of New York City.