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The Graauat* School 
Dapartaent of Muaic 


A thesis by 

Subaittcfi in partial fulfillaent 
of the requireaonts for the degree of 
Master of Arts 

August, 1957 

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Ole dull 11 

Louia Xor«au Gottsctialk 14 

III. ai?n)S OF WILJulAXSPaiT 26 

The Repasz Band 26 

Other Early BanUs ...... * 45 

The risk Military aaaci 50 

The Teteque Bana 52 

Twentieth Century Bamis 50 

The Verdi aand 5d 

Lincoln Laai(:>s* 3ancl . • • . • • . • dd 

Service«>)Cen*s Dancia 60 

The Black eagles 62 

The Little Geraan Banda ..... 6^ 



Early Twentieth Century Groups 74 

Later Ti«fentleth Century Groups ....... 7H 

The Dave Ilaraan Orchestra 89 

Joe Vannucci ^93 

Other Recent Dance Orchestras 35 

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T)M Firwt S ym ph o n y (^ohastra 38 

Tli« Prtsont Civio Symptony Oi*ali««tra ... 93 

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nil. ciicfica C3S)XRS io7 

IX, CKQRAL moiMiutiass uo 

Otnon ClMntMs • • ill 

ftwioal Association IIC 

Baiidsi sad llmfin society 117 

Optra C««paai*« •••• Iia 

TlM Ladloa yocal Club and The Schubert Club lia 

tfUUeMqjKirt Oratorio Seoiety 121 

The Chsaiittcle 124 

Tht O rpiiea s Club 127 

Tlie ConsittoiT Choir ........... 123 

The HiMDsifell Club 131 

nM CiMral Art Clttb 132 

The Elks Chems 133 

The WUUjMspsrt Civic Choir l?A 

%• wnm mmtti 142 

Dr. Joha Heorjr H^tikiiui, Jr 112 

Jmk* %• aiaok 146 

Aredorisk willia« Vhademloot 160 











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Public School MlttSlc • • . IQO 

Lillian M. R«lii©r lCi2 

OtiMr Suparvisoro • • • ^^'* 

Instrumental rir©ctor3 in the Higli School . 169 

High School DaM ami Orohostra l*?* 

High School Choral Grottp* 1*^" 

The Junior High Schools ^'*'^ 

F^r«er StuUenta in the M»aic rvofeasion ... 17 y 

Ur^tming Collega . . • • ^** 


Ramr Krapo • ^^^ 

Gomtanity Concerts ^^^ 

Sfra. Eatoa N. Friable 1*^ 

XIY. MDSIC FOR TRB ^njaLIC • • • 201 

CawRmitjr Sioga 201 

Badio Stations . 206 

Mnsieal Collections in the Janes V. Brown 

Library 20« 

Tha Willia* C. Keiloan Collection .... 2J8 

ir, mJSICAL ORGAiriZATTOirs 211 

yiM t^lllioaaport Music Club 211 

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AMri«aA Guild of OrpHdsts 214 

WilllMMiport F*il«ratioa of HtiAiclaiui, 

Local 761 216 

Xational Guild of fiano Toachors 217 

xTi. ccamsRCUL aspect of msic 218 

K«ef»r Sauntf^cturtng Coapta^ wid 

Hualc School • *W 

Husic {^bllshins CcM^anies 220 

T^ F, W. ▼•Bdwsloot ^sic ?tibli§hlng Co. 22) 

Publication* 224 

Xusic Store* 225 

D. S. Aodrus ami CMfWWflr ......... 223 

PIjuIO Tuners 223 


TIM UlMaa Op«ra House 2;iJ 

Jhm Lycoaiag Opera House 237 

The Payaily Tlieat«r 243 

XVIII. WmUKt 246 


APPBTDIX A Private Ifiislo Teachers 254 

APinSTDIX a Choir Directors sixs (^aaists 235 

APpaniX C Conwnity Concerts 25S 





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It 1« agr pl««saot duty to aoknoKleUge the help Z 
r«ceiveo fron frleaUs and Intereatcd persons. 

Z •m gratsfui to Dr. RommiI Pis^burn, bsad of th« 
Music Ospartasnt of Tbs Psnnvjrlvania Stats Uoivsrslty, for 
bis help anu advice in asseabling the aaterial in thesis 
for a. 

I tm iiutebteU to Miss Catherine T. Sbuleoborger » ref- 
erence litM*arian of the Jaaes ?• arown Library, for her 
interest anU guidance in the ssarcb for inforaation, ana 
to Mr. John P. Grahaa, acting bead of the English Depart- 
Bttnt of Lycoaing College, for assistance in aechanical 

For supplying needed facts on the various subjects 
treated in the thesis I thank the followingt %*. Osborne 
Rousel, Mr. F. Rart Bugbee, Mr. T. L^oy Lyoan, Mr. Prect 
SMUlcsy, Mr. Frank: Hs— sr, ?&*s. Charles Sweeley, Mrs. Ruth 
Tauaorsloot Ea^er, Miss Minnie Swart s. Miss LaReine Molick, 
Mrs. Miriaa Claster, Mrs. Carol Sweeley LVenuen, Mrs. Rarry 
Gibson, Mr. Clyde Rarer, Miss Carolyn i^'illiaas. Miss Anna 
Gilaore, Mrs. T. M. B. Hicks, Mrs. Eluoo Pepperaan, MTs. 
lelea T. Rolochwost, Mr. Georg« iuewis, Mr. Leo williaason, 
Mr. Hu>old A. Reece, Mr. Charles Askey, Mr. and Mrs. Fred 
DeCanio, Mr. Michael Bernard 1, Miss fCay St eager. 

Lastly aty tnai^^ no to XlM li.lMtaoro utestoa for hor 
oooporation ana willlngnoM to spend aany bouro at tbo 

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stATEMgrr of the projbct 

The folloidj^; thosls Is an atto-^pt to record tb» 
^owth and devolopaent of th« auaical life of the city of 
WilliAMsport , Peansylvania, froa its oarliost becinnings 
to the pf—nt ti«e. 

TlM desire to undertake this tasSc case about quite 
by accident. It was by chance that there caae into the 
witer*s possession an old concert prograa of John Philip 
Souaa's Band appsfti*ia£ Skt the Lycoaiag Opera Rouse in 1)02. 
The opera house haviot, been long since gone, a sense of 
curiosity mm aroused concerning the early siusical lifo 
of the city. 

Inquiry at the public library revealed the fact 
that although other phases such as public buildings* in- 
dustries, private residences and the like were outlined in 
various histories of Lycoaing County, no such information 
had been coflQ>iled concerning the ousic of the city. Indeed 
ths ifish was e3q>ressed that sosaeono would endeavor to do 
the necessary research to add this inforeuition to ths 
library's historical collection. 

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A oursory elanco through soae cataloguod reforonoea 
to looal ausical ovents antl Interesting personalities of 
tbs past sorvoU to Incite further interast in the subject. 
It also SMMd convincing proof of a dsfinitc ne«u for a 
■usic history. Such a history would presorvo tho naass 
aad aocoaplishaonts of tho oorly lausicai pioneers antl of 
those who have contributed to the city's Busical growth 
through the years. 


Having decided to begin the history it was necess« 
ary to choose the aethod of presentation. The question 
was whether it should be chronological, tracing the 
dsvalf^Mtat of all phases of nusic in each quarter cen* 
tury, or whether it should becoae a aatter of classifica- 
tion as t^ co^psaents such as bands, orchestras, choral 
groups and the like. 

For s»urposcs of reference it •esasd best to coabino 
the two Methods. Therefore, except for the first otaapter, 
The Early Days , similar types of BWical organizations or 
related constituents have been gronfsd together, and each 
has been treated in chronological orcer within its group. 


An appondix has been added to include data not suitablo 
to the Bialn body but useful for future reference. 


IQWn the project vas decided upon, consideration 
MRS «;ivon to covering tbe ausic history of the whole of 
Lycoaing County, However, as >rark progressed, it was 
soon apparent that the naterial to bo covered in Williaas* 
port alone was of sufficient voluiae to warrant a history 
of its own. Therefore, except for the inclusion of a 
few persons of nearby localities directly involvou in 
natters of local iiq>ortaace, the history has been liaitsd 
to the city of Hilliaiasport . 


HM*etoforo no inf{»*aation on the music of V/illians- 
port Iiad over been asseabled. Therefore it was necessary 
to search tlKj local nevispapers for the sreatost aoouat of 
Material . The following newspapers were covered i The 
Gasstte fro« 130G to 1321; the Lycoaing Chronicle of 1333; 
the Daily Sun and 3anner froa 133G to 133d; the Daily 
Gazette and Oulletin froa 1370 to 11)24; the WHliaasport 
Gazette and Bulletin froa 1J24 to 1JS6 and the Hillia^isport 



Sun froB 1836 to 1955, thoao two coAbining a* the NiUlaxas- 

port Sun<-Gazett« In 1J5&} tb« Evening V«ws of 18^ J | th« 

Grit froia 1343 to 195C; a Special County Centennial r><li- 

tion of the Gazette eiMl Bulletin of June, 1395, Histories 

of Lyoofting County, one t>y Colonel Thooaa Lloyd and another 

tqr John F. Xsginnoaa, were axaniaed. Other books which 

proved useful were Kotos of a Pianist by Louis HcMreau 

GottsohaUc secured frea the Library of Congress, Famous 

American Cttsposers by (k*ace Oversiyer, Xusic and ?Iu8icians 

of Pennsylvania" * coag>ile<a by the Pennsylvania Federation of 

Xusic Clubs. Magazines usod were the Musical Courier of 

March 1, 1952, International Musician of Jvay, 1954 and 

the Historical Magazine of the Protestant Episcopal Church 

of Deceaber, IJOO. Othor sources wero various brochures, 

prograos of events and scre4>booL3. 

Lastly and of valuable aid were personal interviews. 

1 Colonel Thooas Lloyd. History of Lycoming County. Ponn» 

gylvania . k>. 445-447, 

2 John P. Xeginnsss, niatory of Lycoainc County. Pennsyl- 

vania , pp. 366-330. 

3 Louis Maraana GottschaUc, Motos of a Pianist , p. 209. 

4 Grace Ovanqrer, Fanoua American Cofooscrs . p. 64, 

5 G«rtr\ide Martin Rohrar, ?Iusic and Musicians of Pennsy l- 

vania (The Povolopiaont of Husio in Tho Public &>chool8) 
and (Three Hundreo Years of Jbimio in Pennsylvania.) 




ZaMMBCli aa th« writ^ haA the «d¥uit«g« of growinf; up aad 
•a«i«ifi8 la ■twicftl aetivitlot in <#iXllMi»port, it «»• her 
nrivllegu to bo aequAitttod with Muqr poo^o wte po— o — d 
TftXuAblo inforflMtioa. Throun^ portonftl Istorrlowt tli««o 
pMplo lioro ablo to fumith <iot%il« on tpoclf ic subjects 
MULch sorvwl to glvo a «oro coflploto and latoroatiiig 
picture than atght havo boon aeooaplliiiaa othorwiae* 


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MM vi«tr« thtt ttuaarous mad varied ausieal act* 
iviti«t now taking ]Uac« •vary ^V la WilliasMport it la 
iataraatlag to raflact on how tiiia atata of davlopMant Mas 
raatiad aad lAaa it had it a aarlioat baaiaaiaga* 

■nar y«ara ago in tlia aarljr niaetacntH oaatury idien 
wi 1 1 laiport naa but a atrugglioi; villa^s of about two 
huodrad in poiHiiatlon tb« ioDabitanta vara ao buoily an* 
gagad in providiag tba praetioai nacaaaitiaa of lifa tbat 
thara naa ^fty little tlmi to think of cultura and tha arta* 
Vot that tbaaa aarl/ aattlora wtre uoaualcal nor that thay 
ladrad lataraat in tha as*ta, but it waa aiaply a natter of 
opportuaity. Pm' Nhat <^pp<Mrtunltlea coulu a handful of 
pcopla hava to uavelop thu art of isoaic, aui^rounded aa 
th^ ^mrm bgr virgin foroata, and atrugfiliag f^* exiatonoe 
with tha aoaory of Indian aaaaaoraa and tba Aawioaa uovo- 
lution cloao babind thaaf 

Uami¥wr, althouiiih tbwa wora no jauaiciana tsj traua 
in th« fir at faw yaara of tba boroogb, tho firat s«ttlara 
uodottbtedl/ iiaad thoir voicaa la caurch, in tha fialua and 
in the tavaraa* AltlMvgb aaaic waa aat Mentioned in tiM 
oae waakijr oe w e pap ar of thoae Ua78» the L^ycouing Gaaette, 
there ware aetleea in 1^1 of ca^p aaatioga baiag bald 

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mroagteat tte •orroundlag ooitatf7si(l« with lb* dirvotioot 
to "oooe with MigOBSt t«at9 and proviaieosi* undoubtodly 

ttmm vlio att«id«d iMleoata tte opportuaity of raiolag 
tlMir voUoo tocotkor in tlM fotpol kgraa*. 

At t&o MMM tiat a Isttor to th» ooitor appoaroa 
objactiofi; to a diaturbanct of tito poaaa bgr aoao /ouag 

of th« viUaga i*o for divoraioa tod baaa Watiag tbeii' 

aatf atoatioc off tboir rifloa* Tbia polnta to 

avidotto* of tho proMaco of ttio uaual f lf« aad drua corpa 
of coXoaial <U]ra» ao iaportant to Foartli of July eolobra* 
tiaaa aad patriotic raUioa. 

Tho oarly atagc coaeht oatabliabad i>«twooa viiiiaaa* 
part awi ^orttaaibarlaad ia XW2, furaiabatf aoaaa of traaa* 
partatioo for varioua travailing toaolMra to liolu tboir 
aatoois ia the vlllagaa aXoag tim lioo* An annou ao— e at 
of a travsUing <iaaoiag t«aolMr*a "Pirat PotiliG Vi^t" 
NoaiU iadicate Vuxt ttora aara a faw paoplo arowKi who 
caaiu furaiab auaie for <ianaiBg» Plana eallod for tto 
Oaaaa to "ooaHtneo at tliroo o'clock ana eoatintie till aiaa 
for aalMlara** ▲ftamaroa ta«i "'coia^iaay" aouia havo tb« 
yrivilsgo of 4aaaiag« A noto of «au*aiiv aaa miami, "doaa 

^ i^y^oa^v^ Oaaotto. Aittiuat 30| 1307, p. 3* 
2 Ibid. 


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•hoas and oo S«gars." Ticlccts trar* fifty c«nt« •acH. 

Shortly aft«r 1300 oa* At»raa (^afiut Migrated to 
villlaaoport froa York. Aaong bis houaehold posottsslona 
Mas an inttrtuMot calltd a ■pinct. ^poa tho aarriago of 
hi* daughtsr to Joaoph B* AnthoasTt Saquir*, th« iaitrtanant 
was includad in h«r wadding dowry. Subsequently it beeaac 
the property of a aan referred to as "Old Johnny SeitK«" 
a person whoa everybody knew aad whose parfturattnces on the 
spinet were the adairation of the town. 

Earliest wisic instruction was probably through the 

well*known "singing school," an institution of early Aaeri* 

can life. It was as early as 1821, however, that the first 

advert iseaent appeared in the newspaper inforaing the pub« 

lie that I 

Charles Low respectfully informs 
the ^-entleaen and ladies of the 
borough of Killiaasport and its 
vicinity that be intemis to teach 
sacred ausio dtiring the winter and 
solicits the attention of those who 
wish to be taught at the court house 
oa Thursday evening next at early 
oaadlelight. ^ 

o^ -> Through the efforts of Kr. Low and probably others 

8 Lycoaing Gaaette , August 20, 1807, p. 3. 

4 The Daily Gaaette and Bulletin . Special Centennial Edition, 
June, ld98, p. 31. 

6 The Daily Gaaette and Bulletin. December 25, 1321, p. d. 

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off«rt<I loatructioa aa interest mm d«v«lop«(i ia fora- 
iag a r«sutAr sroap to •ajoj ehoral •iaging* In ld33 oa 
«nviisatlon eallMi th« WilliaMpert Singing Sociaty was 

fSTMtd, and aMdMir* w»r« roquentod to aaot "on Saturday 

•voning at oar If eandlolight." . 

Such croups as this no doubt aided grsatly in ths 

■usic for the church services of the day. By 1840 the town 

had several churches » the oldest of which was The First 

Prestqrterian Church organised in 1833 with thirty-eight 

■Mhers. The iCethodist, GeriAn f^eforasd and Lutherans 

also had churches by that ti»e. 

The year 1830 witnessed the arrival of the first 

piano in villiaasport. An tudcMm writer contributing a 

coluan of rsainisoenses to the nswtp^per in 1981 was the 

owner. The piano was brought froa Xiltoa where it was aade, 

and it created quite a sensation aaoAg the local residents. 

In the words of the writers 

/ irhen the piano sounded out its pleas- 
// ant ousic crowds of people would 
' asseable in front of the house and 
hang about the windows. In front of 
a great aaay of the residences were 
posts eight or ten feet apart with 
a rail froa post to post| on these 

6 Lyconini^ Chronicle . Septeaber 18 , 1888, p. 3. 

7 Grit. July 8t l'J56, Seoquicentennial Section, p. 21. 



fails th« bay would pmnh liloi / 

With t2i« ftdvtnt of pianos tiioro mm aaturally a 
dosire on the part of aaajr to learn to play» and it is 
thou^t that ths first piaao t«ach«r was a Mrs. Griswold 
nhe taught at tho comer of Xarket and Fifth streets. 
Other early ones tfere a Mrs. Jones » widow of a Pres'sfter- 
ian clergysMuHy and her daughtert Sudora. tfith t^w eotab* 
liihint of Dickinson Semitmnr in I?4? greater advantages 
is ansio were offsred. 

Opportunities to hear public concerts were rare in 
the first half of the nineteenth centtary. Theater accoao* 
dations were provided in 0oebler*o Ra^ll, the third floor 
of a building in Xarlcet Square, Here candles placed in a 
row served as footlights. Dan Rouse and his troupe of 
performers were alwajrs hailed with delight and their pre* 
sentatioa of Kast Urnne always drew houses with "standing 
rooa only.** Occasional visits from the Peak: fanily of 
bell ringers t the Rstchinsoas* known as the "Continentals*" 
and the aon^i of Can Gardner were the only attractions 

S The Daily Gagette and Bullet io . !iarch 17, 1881, p. 4. 

9 The Daily Ca»ette and Itolltetln . ap«cial Cent^^nnial 
Mition, June, i3ve, p, 3i. 


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off«r«d to th« su0lo Iov«r« of thoM dajra- 


Suuattnly in 1802 thmf occtarrdU In thin ntmggling 

YillAgn cf Imp tlinn four thonMoci a annt unnxpnetod •vant 
which throw tho wbolo toim into a stato of groat osraitoaont* 

At that tiJM John CoMan, a luatMr laaroa, roniilo4 
horo and van in tho noaith of hin faao an a land a^ocula* 
tor. Olo anil Man intorontoU in a larj^ traot of CoMon'n 
tiatxnrod pr«ncrv«n hi£h up in tho mount aion of Pott or 
County whero ho hopod to found a iforwogiaa colony. Ho 
eaat to VilllMiiport on Soptnahor S2, 1863 » to noo nr. 
Conan, and ttpon ooasilotion of tUo trannaction tho famnin 
violinint favorod irilliaanport with a froo concert • 

An account of his viait and oonoort appoarod in an 

aid Lyooaiag Po i i o or a t aawapapor datod Soptoabor 28, 13S2. 
It waa writttB hgr John P. Cart«r» a jgosaipy, brilliant and 
daahing writor wteao of fusion* attracted auch attention. 
Bocauao itt*. Carter's descriptioa of the event reflects so 
vividly the exeitsflsat of the t>i^ ua/» aad becaase his re- 
view gives us a tastt of aid •nineteenth century ausical 
criticisa it saeas of value to quote a snbstantial part of 

10 Ibid . 


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At high noon on V9<in««cla/ last a 
one hoTM buggy vat 8*«n dashing 
through ths aain strsst of our town 
with a braes of passsngers. On« of 
th« paassngsrs wklb at once rscognized 
as oat of oar «ost popular, eatiaabls 
Mid sotsrprising citissas (Coiiaa). Ths 
othsr Mas • 01« QuUt Thsrs Mas ths 
whits hat • ths taU cosMuiding fora - 
ths aasealar liah • all truth, all 
love, all qrapathj, all brother ly 

In the •twinkling of a bsdpost,* 
to aaks oas of a SimkeBpoarsaa quota* 
tion, it was soon known fros oas 
sxtreaity of the stats to ths other 
that 01s mill had arrivsd in our 
aidst and was the guest of our fellow 
townsaan, John P. Cowan, Baquire. 

At two o'clock a highly sxcitsd 
audisnes had asasablsd at ths Court 
Houas. On jaotion of a very largs 
■aa with a vsry smll voice XT. T. 
Coryell was callsd to ths chair and 
Col. John F. Cartsr appoiatsd ssors- 
tary. General Pleaiag briefly sx- ^ 
plained the object of the assting^^p^ 
of fsred the following prsaahls and 
rssolutions which wars — aniamasly 
adopt sd I 

Nhsrsaa, ws undsrstaad that 01s 
Bull, no leas cslsbratsd for his 
iti^ti? genius than his love for 
Aasrica and Aaerican institutions, 
has just arrived in our borough and 
will leave toaorrow for Philadslphia. 

Resolved, that a coaaittee of 
•even bs appointsd to wait on 01s 
Bull and sarnestly re^tuest hia to 
aeet ths citisoas of KiUiaaaport 
at such plaos waA at such hour aa 


■ny l>«tt tult his coav«alenc«« 

Rssolvod, that if our distinsuiahtta 
visitor should favor tha oitiaaas of 
Villiaasport with an avidanca of that 
Skill which has aaU« hia naaa a housa* 
|M14 word throughout tha civillsaa iiorld 
ha itiU ooof ar a favor which will t>« 
IsiV prisaa aod Maraly appraciatad. 

<Tha followlofi wara appoiatatf to sarva 
•a tha cooaittaai Xssrs. <!• F. Cowan, 
•aoaral Sohart Plaaing, Col. John P. 
Cartar, Gaorgt White, Jaflas Arastroag, 
Jslui Roghas and J* X* Qraaa* 

Tha coNiittaa prooptly oallad oa Ola 
Bull and prasaatad hia with a copy of 
tha foragoiag prtaAbla and raaolutiona 
MSSHpaalad with a ahort, appropriata 
aim aiaquaat spaach suitable to th* 

Tha si*«st artiat and tha still graat ar 
philanthropiat draw hiasalf ap to full 
height, and with hia right hand on tha 
outaid* of hia hig warm haart rapliad as 
follows I 

•«r franst I tmx&L you froa da hottoas 
of «y haart. Xy will is sraatar than aor 
power • flQT srvpftthsr graat ar than agr aaana. 
Dara ia aoowtiag in da very aaaa of 
Paaaaylvaaia «id aU ita historic aaaoci« 
atioaa dat oausas m haart to beat quiclcly 
and proudly. If ay poor life ia apared • 
for which I tank God • a few aontha I 
sfaaU be an Aaerican citisen • not only 
a sitisan of Pennsylvania but a citisen 
of dia great, dia glorioua, dia growing 
Kitst Branch country of which ifilliaasport 
is da lii^t, de aun, da center. < Oh, I 
hava bought ao anoh fine land in Potter 
County. Z shall want acre ia dia beaut i* 
ful region, for X hava iMda ay arraoge* 
fltata to bring out thoasaads and teas of 
thottsaoda of my oppressed eouatryaea to 
dis free and happy land.^ I ia proud to 



think Oat you will lilce dea. Ah, ^ay 
countrymen we brave - dtey are honest - 
A9J are contended - <ley are industrloua - 
and though day are atubborn Republicans, 
cley have no sympathy wid de visaionary 
Mazzinea and Koaauths of the day. 

Again I tank you my frena. If it will 
give yott pleaaurea to hear ae in ay old 
capacity as an artist, gladly do I accede 
to the request which you have aade. Use 
agr tiae and my servicea in any oanner 
aoat agraaable to the j^ood citizens of 
Villiasaport whoa you represent.' 

The coffiBitte^ thai^ed him. The Court 
RoQse was engaged and a special police 
force hastily sworn in. Free tickets 
were distributed. Kaws spread that the 
Ole Bull was actually going to give a 
concert in the Court House at half past 
seven o'clock in the evening, 

Lon^ before the hour designated the 
Court House was literally surrounded by 
all the beauty, fashion, deaocracy ami 
intelligence of williaasport. Never did 
we see a more exciting and excitable aul* 
titudej and when the avenues of entrance 
to the court rooa were thrown open, the 
huaan tide flowed in with aaazing rapid- 
ity. In less than fifteen ainutes the 
rooa was one co^^^mct aiaas of heaving, 
t^eathing, talking huaanity - the little 
children having been flung into the nooks, 
holes, corners, and window seats, in 
order that every inch of available space 
should be occupied. It was by far the 
largest audience ever seen in the Dorough 
of Killiaasport , or in the County of i^*--^ 
LycoddLng. What a sea of headst What — - — ^^ 
an upturning of eyes and noses! A And what 
piqaant scraps of fragaentary conversation. 
•Set off my dress.* 'That's ay foot, sir.' 
•••'He's only 30 and he refused Jenny 
Liad's hand 3 tiaes ruaaiag.* 'Guess you 
aay believe ao • these eaaal thcivcs (sic) 
are aerely getting their deserts,' 'Khat 
a love of a bonnet.' ...'To be sore he 
can't out fiddle Dan Repass, he can beat 
hia all to aaash.' 'Saw bia ayself as I 
was scrubbing out the kitchen.* ...'Only 


throo fipa a yar^r Mfh«r« did you g«t 
it?* .•••Th« exeitwwnt. \b» iiit«l* 
loctuaLity of thl» •• •Take that, you 
little Mretch.* *Can he realiy fiddX* 
standiiig on his bwul?* *Xa, looic at 
Toa • ho»» a pindOng of me.* 'Gilbert 
IMM got the best sugar ha^as in town.* 
... *31es9 m9, irtiat a cro>i^,* *I mm 
iKltinu atmy, like butter in th« sun.* 
•DiUn't I tsll you to taJcs a fan?' 
*Xftry, just see if the pin is out of 
■or collar - that's a cieai%' ..♦•Vfty 
don't you blow your nos© at oncoj 
you^rs alMays itortifyiag as in public* 
•The empcrw* of Russia cav« him $20,00a 
Just for one tune,* 'Ilero ho ooaos. 
Ho - yes - ao - yes tiJAt*s hl«, hurra • 
hurra - hurra I* 

Surs saou£h it was the grsat wizard 
of tlis iiM*th, white hat and all, accom- 
paaisd by Oon. Fl^skiivz and J. F, Coimn 
aiKt JttMss Anuitronfi, i^quiros, Hr. 
Cowan appeared in front of ths party 
and saiU, 'Ladies and Gentldsi«n, psrait 
as to introduce to you the world -roaowiisd 
01s Bull, Ss appsars befcn^e you not 
•aly mm ths grsat artist, but as the 
adoptsU citizen of tiis Msst branch 
Tall«y« Within a few woelcs he has pur> 
ohMisd froa ac 120, JO acres of land 
in Potter County. Be intends to brin^i 
thousands of his hardy ami industrious 
couatryaen to ococ^y and cultivate that 
land. If his life is sparsd, within the 
oext 5 years he will be the efficient 
OMMuis of addin^7 thousands to the popu- 
lation of Horthern Pennsylvania, and 
hUQdrsds of thousands to its wealth, 
V^sd X say aorer* 

(Three cheers for Ole Oullt 'Hurra - 
nurra - Hurral' 'Thrco raoro cheers,* 
•Hurra - Hurra - Kurral') 

After the cheering had subsided, 01s 
3all aad« his appearance, violi«} in hand, 
bowiag sad ffsillog like a woIcoas guest 
at a osrriags fsast. Ho aaia, 'C^atloaun - 
no, Z bag pMrd<« • Ladies anu Gsntleaen, 
I tank yott for ds kindness of dis roception. 
Tou aake as feel proud - liappy « delighted. 


I IM •»*• of roar wfa^thf if X fail 
to iaipirt yo« with Mtitfaotioa* X 
hold in agr haad a PosaaflvMiia violin • 
th« lot one of tbo kind I ovor attoaptod 
to oott, I shall try to do justice to 
its origin, although I would wich prs» 
for ay own instruaaat.* 

Kors applause, folloitoa by profound 
silsnos and brsathlsss expectation. 
Ths iastruMnt <hs had iZaltsr Willard«s 
and Dan, Rspass* fiddlss) is plaood 
firmly against the left siiouldsr • the 
bow is raised with witcblns srace of 
a wisard, as he is • the 1st note 
treahles on the ear like the low wail 
of an inflsBt • aad wliowS pteisst off 
he dashes in one of those wild, ia- 
proflvtu fantasias that have carried tqr 
stars the ears and hearts of so "any 
thousands, nay oillions. Tott aiffht 
as well atteapt to iaprison the 
gorssotts colors of the rainbow as to 
attei^pt to give a description of 
Ole Bull*s playing* You are lost - 
bewildered • astonished - captivated! 
Surely that instruaent he holds anst 
have a heart and soul, and all the 
other attributes of our ^iritual 
nature • for of a truth those sounds 
.saanot bo produced by the friction 
of oat gut and horse hairt He gives, 
as it wsre, an eobodiasat to svery 
eaotioa of the heart * touohiag the 
deep wells of affections and reaching 
the oonsuaing fire of the passions. 
At tiaes you are listening to the 
warbling of birds • the soft sigh of 
the suaaer idLnds as it woos the 
quivering leaf • or the pleasant 
flow of tears* The next anaent you 
are transported to tha cold, bleak, 
fearful wilds of Verway, to hear the 
roar of foaaing oataraots aad to 
listen to the solean surge of the 


••a as it baats agaioat a rook booad 
coast. Asaln you aro in aaotbar and 
aors ganial ciia* •• in th« aidst of 
ttoo oaroiv^ * watchia«i tlia tricks 
and sailing at tiia airth of tlM baauti* 
f ttl bttt dagradad obildraa of tlM sunny 
sotttb. At laagtb Ola Bull oaasad plajr- 
lag I but tbtt audianca aovad not, for 
*Listanin£ still, thay saaa to baar.* 

Dull f ioall/ aade a aovaaaat for 
tba door Mbao tba audlanca rosa aad 
gava hia (3) baarty, boaast ebaars, 
loud aaou^ib anc. atrong enougb to _ , .. w> 
raisa tb« roof off tba Court Hoasa. jST^T 
Tba naxt day ba atartad for Pbilasr^'^ 
dalpbia, aadd tba chears of a larga 
waftsr of our oitisaaa «il» bad col« 
laotad on tbc jmclcat beat wbarf , to 
witnass his dspartura. ii 

TIM story of tha ill-fatad Olaoaa Colony for whiob 
Ola BhU bad sucb high iMpaa is fairly wall kaOMi. Plaguad 
by aisfortants sad ill baalth, tba colonists finally bad 
to abandon tba projact, soaa of tbaa drifting out to 
Xionasota aad aoaw raturning to lortaiy. 

Za racant ya&rs intarast in the Olaoaa locality baa 
baaa revivad with tba astabliababat of a otata park on tba 
apot vbara Ola built bis cast la. In tba fall tba animal 
Ola BuU SUta Music FSstival is bald oadar tba diraction 
of Inez Bull, a daaoaadaat of Ola Bull, 

11 Tba ^aily Cagatta aad Bullttin, Saptaabar 27, 1^70, p.4* 

•-'vn^la fit 


LOUIS maaEkV cottsciuli: 

Tmk y«ar« afttr th* Ole Boll coooart tfilXijuMport 

«»• privil«s«<i to tmf « oonoert ^ Louis Moroau Oottochalic, 

tbo first AaoricAii pianist of any note, 

yC^- - To ths studsnt of ausle history Gottschallc bas 
always apyaarsd as a glaaorous figiire. Being the first 
Aacrican to aaks a caraer as a concert pianist • ho ful- 
filled the expectations of his audiences with his sbow« 
Mnship. AMMg his individual naanerisas was the habit of 
appearing on the stage wearing white kid gloves which he 
would slowly reaove after sitting down at the piano. Be- 
fore beginning the proeraa he would glide swiftly over the 

keyboard in a brief iaprovlsed prelud of "sweeping glis* 

sandoSf rippling arpeggios and sptf^kling trills*** 

Stories are told of how the woaen who attended his 

concerts would swara around hia after his porfornian<A8« 

They would even follow hia to his hotel bagging for his 

autograph or a piece of his white gloves as a souvenir. 

Sewral days before Gottschalk*s scheduled appear- 

13 Barold C. SctMBberg, "Facing the Kusic," Kuaiaal Cour - 
ier , (lareli 1, 1953) 4. 

13 Grace Overagr^r, Faaous Aaer <ffli ^yi'At'rff- ^^^ ^<^^> 

Tho«as T. Crowell Co., X)#44, p. oe. 

14 Ibid. 

**tr> it 


•nc« the foUoMlafi advert iscacnt appeared In tho news- 


on* occasion only 


Strakosch has tbe honor to infora 
the pobllc of tiilXiaBsport ami vicinity 
that tha eadnant Pianist and CtmpoB^r 

Xr. L* K« Gottsohaik 

ViXl giva on his way to 9aw Totic, 

One Qrand Farawall Concert » 

Ob Xonday evening, Jane ISth. when he 
will perrora a oew sad brilliaat pro* 

On the occasion the favorite and ereat 
firiaa Donaa Contralto, 

Xae. Aoalia Patti Strakosob 

Mill aake bar last apsaarance hare 
before her daparturs far Europe, where 
she is eagagsd at tba Eoyal Italian 
Opara, London. 

Wm S* Babrens, Husical i; Ir ector ana 

iydaiasion 50 centst Reserved Seats 25 
cents extra. Seats and tickets aay be 
sastarad at Kr. D. S. Aadnas Nasic Store, 
osaaaasias this sMrnlng. 
Door a open at 7 1*4, concert to ooaaeaoe 
at u o*cloe3c. ,« 
13th, lasa.*** 

1ft west araasli laUatin . June 13, 1363, p. 3. 



la tb« aaat pftp«r a shart paragraph r«iterat«d tht 

faM of tbt artist h«r« and akraad vltH th« proaiae thati 

• •• tha lovara of fiat male In our 
boraugh will bava a rara opportunity 
to gratify thair taata,«, to all wlio 
iHiva kapt paoa with tha auaical cola* 
britiaa of tha world tha annooncaaant 
ia all tkat la aaadad to aacura a 
fall hooaa.iO 

TlM additional persons nantioaad in th« concart 

aaaaoaaaaaat did not includa all of tba pianist* a antouraga. 

XT. Strakoaah aaa Gottschallc's a^ont and iapraaaario and 

alao hoatiand of tha singer. In addition to Mr. Strakoach 

sad lr« lahraoa» who waa the acco^jaalst, thare was also a 


piano tunar to look after two Chlokariag grand pianoa. 

Gattachalk waa a aan of taata who knew hia Europe 
and AAsrica Inside out« Ha kept a diary to while away the 
hours on traina or in hotel rooraa. In it he discusses 
evarything • esthetics, critic Isa, eoapoaition, huaan 
nature, polltlca and woaaB*a suffrage. Hia obaervationa 
often have a quiet wit. Tory intereating iapreaalons of 
oar town are found ia this diary. Va find the following 
paragraph after hia arrival in Kiiliaaaport i 

Villiaaaport , Pn., Monday, June 15, 1863. 
Left Elaira thia aorning at 4 

16 Ibid. 

17 Louia Horeau Gottachalk, Hotea of a Pianiat, p. 209, 



r-s-i^d. o<s:v»"T4^.i 

o'clock. Arrived la wi 
mttmr a Journ«/ of 8«voii hours* 
wiiiUmport it a vory protty town, 
oootaiaiag mbout f Ivo tboutaod ifi« 
habitants. On a •illln«r*a aifa X 
•air tiM worda •Xca Croaa.* This 
hgrbriA buaiBtaa rasindad eta of tha 
Zslaad of St, Thoaatv whara th« 
pvhliahar of tha •Tidaada* (a Caniah 
aawapapar) ia tha aanufaeturar of 
t>athiaj( tttba» and idiara tahacconiata 
aali pf—rv9 and patant aadioinaa. 
Tha aiUinar hat a vary pratty 
lit t la boodoir la tha raar of har 
tfiopt it ia tha aanetua aaactoroa, 
idiara aha pr^ably triaa on tha 
draaaaa. A saall aarbla^top tabla 
■akaa aaa anapact that it ia tha 
rafrashnant Milooa. In tha window 
Z — hadkata of atrawb rriaa and 
•traw hata. tha faraar looking 
lika boaaata fuU» and tha Uttar 
Ilka baakata aapty. Tha ntaaie 
•allar ia a cloak aakar. Thara ia 
an air of aaaa, aiaq»lieity and 
ehaarfttlaaaa about tha plaea that, 
raaiada mo of tha 5wiaa villagaa.^^ 

Unfortttitttaly in a faw houra tha tranquility of tha 

town was grant ly diatnrbad. Tha yaar 1809 waa tha tia* of 

tha Civil Knr. 8y four o*elook tha whala town waa in a 

aawiotioa. A diapatoh hau baao raoaivad announcing tha 

iavaaion of tha atata by thraa coloana af rtbala. Bf fiva 

o'clocic aoothtr diapatoh froa tha Goramor called all abla< 

bodiad citizana to araa. Ma find tha following entry in 

Gottaehalk*a aiaryi 

I go oat into the atreeta. Tha 

18 Ibid ., p. 200. 

-'.»«* f,. 

crowls mUtiplj wu! IncrMMC wrery 
■Mwnt. I pass nsain bsforc th« 
•hop of the fralt-Mlllner{ bsr 
hats full of strawberries and hsr 
b(»rlbbonsd baskets ar(> still there, 
but the poor Koaaa app^'srs terribly 
fk*ichtenetf . 

A volttntarjr ■llitary band draws 
op in battle array on the principal 
square I is it neeessary for ae to 
say that it is ooapctaed of Oerasaa 
(all the aiisieiaas In the United 
States are Gsraaas)? 

Thsre are five of thenf a c<»*aet 
a piston with a inroken-dowa eoosti* 
ttttioa (I speak of the iastniasnt) 
a savwnous tron^wne, aa Mhideide 
too low, a clarionet too high, a 
sour^looking fifer • all of an 
iadapeodent and irascible teaper, 
but united for the aoteent through 
their hatred of tiae and their 
desire vigorously to oast off its 
yoke, I anst confess that they 
•asceeded to that extent that I aa 
doubtful whether they played in a 
najor or aiaor key. 

The crowd is stirred up, patri* 
otic aeetings are organised. An 
old n^ntleaan in black clothes, 
with a large officers* scarf around 
his waist harancrues fron the porch 
of the hotel aany of his friends* 
The band strikes up and aarches 
through the streets, which fills 
the people with ailitary ardour, 
thaaks to the strains, acre noisy 
thaa haraoaious, of this perforaiag 

The sadden turn of events caused Gottschalk some ais* 

13 luiu., p. 202. 



givlags *• to hi* bavlog an audittno* tbat •vsaiiiK as h% 
MTottt, "Tb« cluMoaa for the concert thla evaaiiig are 

ratlMr aubious. Ttaa racalpts, which proalaatf faaoaaly 

tld.s aorning, ar« auddeoly paralysad." 

Momyr, the concert went on as •che<ialed, for «• 

find the foliowing eo«Mnt in the diarri 

11 P« X. I pla7«<l thla •venlng, 
ftftar all, before a very respectable 
aadience, which listened with aarked 
interest and a aore sostained atton« 
tioo than I always aeet with in the 
audiences of siaall towns* 1^ little 
piese entitleu *The Union* was suach 
applaudedi it suited the aoaent.'^^ 

TiMt williaasport residents aajr f««l proud of the 

coaoert aaaaers of their forbears is ftirther evidenced by 

tiM followin4ii 

At the concert this evening X 
noticed a youog aaa, who havias occasion 
to cross the hall did so on tiptoe » not 
seeaio^ to share the general opinion 
in this country that in such cases 
it is best to aake as «ach noise as 
possible* Ineoaparable young aant 
Row I regret not being able to in* 
scribe thy naae on ay tablets, or 
have it engraved in letters of col(i* 
in order that it any be handed down 
to the adairation of posterity! ^^ 

One wonders whether the white golvss ware worn at 

20 Ibid ., p. 203* 

21 Ibid . 

22 Ibid ., p. 204. 


th« conoort and how GottschaDc Impressed th* WiUlaaaport 
music lov«r3. Unforlu?iat«ly w« iur« donled a nusical crit- 
icisa. Tho n<m3pap«r did not app«m' on Its usual datfts 
folloiriiag the concert because all of the c«iq^sitors on 
tm Bulletin left for Harrisburg in ^oiswor to the Governor's 

that Vlllia»0p(H*t cared enough about Gottachalk to 
want a repeat performance Is shown by the fact that he 
plajre^ here again a year later, April twelfth, 1H64. This 
tiat he was accompanied by >f«e, Henrietta Behr^ns, pr iaa 
donna, and Sis. Carlo Pattl, "the younc and highly talented 
violinist," Silled as "the rsost popular pianist in the 
Uaited States," Gottschalk was to play "several of his 
latest coapositions which have caused so great a sensation 

ia »ew York, Boston, Philadelphia and all the western 

cities." Among these were probably the Dyinu I'oet and 

The Last Hope , favorites with the audiences of those days. 

ire gain an iasight into the hardships and the 

tH^ugbts of the touring concert artist as we read the 

following entry in GottschalicU diary. This is all the 

information we have about his second concert here: 

23 West Dranch bulletin . June 20, 1363, p. 2. 

24 West fU-anch ttulletin . April 9, 1864, p. 3. 

fllrf 1© 


jnfi j;^? 

.nE«6 »< 


•Af b 

»dt lie. 


• ii*i1l(j)*ilt 



Arriv«a at williaaaport at ttlght 
o'clock. I bani sont a uiapatcb to 
Stmkotob tellinfi of mur delay. H« 
iflMdi«t«ly put t^ bills annouaclog 
that tbe concert would not cotanrnct 
until oin* iii0t«*(i of •ight o* clock. 
Mjr piano trav«llo<a Kith a* in the 
train. Arrived at half iiast eii^t 
'I'dock at the hotel, took in a 
hurry & cup of bad tea* aad away to 
busineaa. One barriog for dinner 
(picked up at a station along the 
May!) nine hours in the traini and, 
in spite of everything, fiva hundred 
parsons Mho have paid that you say 
give to thea ti#o hours of poesy* 
of passion, and of inspiration* I 
will confess to you secretly th^ 
certainli; wiU be cheated this 


25 Gottsehalk , p. 263. 

.89S .q , 

aumsk III 



Perhaps th« awst fascinating chapter in the history 

of the amsic of KlUiaasport is the story of the nationally 

fapotts liepasa Band, isfot only was It the first bras* band 

in the city, but it claias the cistinction of being one of 

the two oldest non-service bands in continuous service in 

tlM United States, the other being the Allentown Banu, 

z;?^"^^ Althottgh aost towns of any size in the United States 

/have had aoro or less continual service of bands for the 

iwat century and a quarter, there are no aore than ten 

which have not only a consecutive history far l»ck into 

the nineteenth century but a recorded one as well. 

Established in 1^531 before the era of telegraph and 

telephone, electric light and autoaobiles, before Wllliaias- 

port passed fr<» a borough into its epoch of nationwide 

proainence as a luaberinj; city the Repass nand has survived 

to this date, holding an unbroVcen record as a musical orLiao* 

1 Hope Stoodard, "Xusic in Pennsylvania," International 

Mttsician, (July, 1954), 13. 

2 Ibid. 


ittV iJ9 



ization of liigb attalmwnt. ^wr doflnlt* contrlbutiona 
to tlio oonotrt and ailitary music of our nation havo ba«a 
Mdo throush thia band, which is oft«n affectionately ra-^^ /^ 
ferred to aa tha •Grand-daddy of Aaariean iJanda.*^ ^* 

Cradit ia given to Jacob L. IbiMiim for organising 
tha band which waa originally called tha hUliaaaport Band. 
XT* Xuaaina ma aada the firat laadar, and during the firat 
faw yeara Christopher Lawranoe, L« W. Hyaan and A. K* Xabia 
aerved in thia capacity. Original aeabera in 1831 were 
tha foUoiringi Jacob L. Xaaaina, Williaa Grafiua, John S. 
Hyaan, Jacob D. Hyaan, Williaa Coulter, Henry D. Haylaan, 
Reuben Ruch, Saauel Strayer, George Slate, J. Ryaan Pulaer, 
ChrlatopAer Lawrence, A. K. Kabia, Abrahaa Rothrock and 

John Rothrock.^ 

Tha inatruaentation of this pioneer band waa liaited. 
It conaiated of flutea, clarinets, plccoloa and one brass 
instmaent, a French horn, played by Christophar Lawrence, 

fathor-in*law of Jacob Jatter and a aoldier under Hapoleon 


It was in 1338 that the yooog aan who was destinad 
to bring this band into national proainance oaae to ViUiaas* 
port. Daniel Repass, a resident of Muncy, oaae to williaas* 

8 Xaaical Lnterorlae . (July, 1917), n.p. 

4 Tha Williaasport Sun, May 31 » 1915, p. 1. 

5 Ibid. 


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«*&»f;.a,iA .' -'Xitii* •;» i'.uii.'., 


fa«i 1 

J av^^iivi*^-' 

iiyiUi»liSia ,'*% Hx;.' •to'jt«»*v« «l*ww uvrrt'-' A-v '"■*>> 

port to tMich aoasic aod (lanoin£, bavins hmA slailAr claaa* 
•• la th« toNDt along this v&llrT li«t;;o»a Hilton axKl Lock 
Bavaa. Ra mm a aoat aaMtioas jomoq «ui and not aatiafitd 
with a Mr« ooaaiOB achool adueati^n >«liich naa all that was 
available to hia at that tiJM, advantas** for book learniag 
baiag varr — agra. Ha had a atrong <iaair« for ausic and 
aarly in hia Ufa had atodiad tha rudiaanta of auaic with 
t«a lagHilttn aaMd Tottaa aad Taraar. Vpwn raaohiag 
Williaaaport h« ooatinuad hia atody with ▲• K. Xabia, a 
laadar of tha wfilliaaaport Band, and andar hia tuition 
btqat vary proficiaat in tha art. Ba joinad tha band in 
1S40 aad baeaaa it a l«adar« Ha introUuctd nsw and iaprovad 
inatrtuMnta, and nadar hia akillful leadarahip tha band 
attained sraat proficiency and jMrofldnonca aa it travallad 
about tha country. Tha aaabara of tha baad ware ao appra* 

ciativa of hia ability aad aooa^pliahaanta thay renaaad 

tha band tha Rapaas Baad in hia honor in 1S59. 

Daaial Xapaai manfd mm laadar until old age f oread 

hia to retire. Re had few auperiora aa a auaician and 

when no longer able to uae an inatruaent he would attend 

band rehaaraala and liaten with a critical ear.* 

6 The Daily Gaaette and Bulletin . Hoveabar 23, 1391, p. 5. 

7 John F. Hasianeaa, History oC Lygotain^ County. Pennayl» 
' i, p. 872. 

8 i;^. 

• •« r. J IM 

1<»V> <*i»>»rh'- «.»;'>«*«• 

l«MUfl«»'it v. 


,8 .. .'liihr.t 

tfn^l^l^H '^^^ 

Bdr. Rspasz was a gentlooan of uigniflod al«n in his 
■sture years* a writer of a gonoration later recallinyg ttM 
MBjaory of "Squire Repaaz atrolcing his long beard as he 
wdked about under the trees in the yard surrounding his 
boas on Pine Street." ne was eloctoc olUeroan froa the 
third ward in 1359 and held that office until 1396. His 
off ioe Mas on willow Street in the old fracie building Just 
east of the old Corner Hotel, One ovening in February of 
1885 ho had entered the Turn Verein on nasin Street for 
ths purpose of llstcnino to an orchestra that was playing 
thero. Maaa he caao out he slipped and fell, tireaWing his 
right hip. no never fully recovered the uso of his right 
lag aad warn f(M*ced to uso crutches the reoHiindor of his 
life. Seoauso of this be gave up his coaaission as alder-' 

For the last several years of his life he was in 
failing health and confined to his bod for nearly a yoar 
having suffered another severe fall. About eight laonths 
before his death he expressed a desire to see the Reverend 
A. L« Yount, at ttiat tiao pastor of St. Kariis Lutheran 

Q Anno Linn Cheyney, "Jacqueline's Lettor to the Iloae 
Polks," Williaaaport Sun , August 13, 1331, n.p. 

10 The Daily Gazette and 3ullotin , Jfovefsber 23, 1891, p. 5, 



Church, who cKlninisterec the sacraasat. Hr. S«p«9z gav9 
as his reasoa for soiccting a Lutheran sinister the fact 
that bis fath&r itad baeo a minister cf this cenoeinatioa. 
Fro« the tins of hi:* fir at talk Kith Kcvsreod Yount up to 
his last hours Mr. Kt^pasz took great pleasure in reading 
the aibie. Us often spoke to his friends of his conver- 
sion ai^ sssaeti very bai^py in the thought that he was 
prepared to die, 

Thout;h his activo brain becaae cloudy his paosion 
for ausic re«saiaed. Hs would talk for hours upon tho 
subject, aad even in his wcb e-neci state enjoyed handling 
his old violin. Thr«« days beftnro his dsath he requested 
that his old violin be brought out so that be could "tune 
it up once nore,** but he was too weak to holu it, and the 
instruoent was laid down at his siUe wiisre hv ^azstl fondly 
at it, its sight aeetaing to bring ^mtit cherished recollec- 

Passing quietly away the ui^ht of Moveitber 21, 1301, 
the «Sousa of his day* was laid to rest as ths Flsk Mili- 
tary jland, attending, his funeral in a body coaplied with 
the veteran Musician's request of long standing; by playing 
his favorite dlrgs, "Flee as a Bird," 

One of the band's earliest trlu?aph« cane in 1341 

11 ri>iu. 

t 'Mjt Jt >* ' » >\ i si J5_ ; 

Mm. floic 


i« ^ 

vhen It acco^pnniod the Penna^rivimla tfhig delegation to 
Baltlaotre, ra<.l:lnii tho trip In a «»n&l bottt. Th«r© th«y 
played ilm*±Tm the convention whlcli luvstlimtetU Vtf^^nry Clay 
f<w» president, 

Tho folltywinz y<t«r they WMit » tMr of Pftnnaylvanla 
in their owa baml wagon, giving concert a in all the pria* 
dpal towna a;iKi c;ro!?ttins cvulto a a®n«atloa nuaically. For 

aoM tuoknown r«4Mron, however, the trip waa labelled a 

fallm<e fltwneinlly* 

Throoijh onr nation* t hiatory ha»aa have sMida i«ar*9 

hardshlpa «or« «n<iurabl« atna their vlctoriea moi»e triuisjph- 

ant. Th« RepnM fkinrX has certainly nlayad a laading rola 

in thia re^poct, having takan part In nunverous sallitary 

•aiiagaaanta. with Daniel Repass as leader nnd wllliara IT. 

Jones as draa aajor, tH« bnn<l unlisted in a body at tha 

outbreak of tho Civil War in April, 1B61. It was attached 

first to the 11th RaglMsatt Pennsylvania yolunteers. KTion 

it loft ?^illiafiisport on April 26, 1161, it »ms coaprlsed 

of the following ttaobersi Repass, Jooes, Jacob H. Schuck, 

TlMMui A. Hothroek, Talna P« Aueril, Gecm^ge X. Repass, 

AltHirt Xartin, $• }fa<si£ Taylor, M, Huntor Caldwell, h\ D* 

flaailton, Charles ^, Raadlton and John Taylor, 

12 The Daily Gasette and gullet in . Special County Centen- 
nial f^ditioa, ^voidt i390, p, ol. 

la yjlliaasport Sesqujcontennial Historical aosfc^et . p. 34* 


.1 /'rr^w ., ■■ 'iv', • .,, ■■■.«f! Vfc'il- -r-t»TV -^-.uism ' ^cs^ «#fT 

arfitt Ji'-.r '-. 't .'aurtvo-* . wr^rtJ*? PR 

JMfftl tfttlNltei 

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■«».-,iW.-«l-*i ' 

After serving thrM WMths the band re-eallated with 
2dth R«glAent« Pftiinsylvania Volunteers. The band went 
throagh the rebellion frcm start to finish, and as the 
bmii& of the 8th Pennsylvania Cavalry it Mas at Appomattox 
Mhsa G«a4»ral Robert E. Lee surrendered. In the line that 
day it sottoded out the "Star Spangled Banner," "Hally Round 
the TX»g* and "Yankee Doodle," alternating with a Confeder- 
at« htmi. which played the stirring "Dixie" ana "The Bonale 
Blue Flag."^* 

Kaay aejabars of the band saw service in the field 
■a«ic ©f the 12 th kegiaent, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, 
during the Spanish*^Merican War, However, it did not be- 
coae the official band of the {Rational Guard until 1903. 
It served three eolistaents, retiring in l';>12. 

During those years the band scored saany of its 
greatest successes. It headed the Pennsylvania Guard 
in Hew York City at the centennial of the inauguration of 
OMrgs Washington as President! It led the Guardsaian in 
Harch, 1905, at the Inaujiuration of President Theodore 
Roosefvslt and again in 1909 at the inauguration of Presi- 
dent w'illiaa Howard Taft. One of its outstanding achieve* 
aents was the presentation in 1399 of "The Spanish Hfar," 
a ausical extravaagaaxa. This entertainownt was repeated 

14 Itusicai Enterprise, (Hay, 1^17), n. p. 

iHi,^ ittLt 

>4iiyki >tu>Hi ^fa 

iWai^i^A Al*i. »«;« l(. J.' Vt 

'f«/«iittd <*v •'•ntu ii 

H f K>* * 


Id a dozen cities from €lmira, K«>v York, to Harrlsburg 

ami f»«tur«d the world fAOOUs vrilllare Kilpatrlck: as 

drva oajor. 

One of the most colorful figures of Kepasz Jiand 
history ws Wllligtm Kllpatrlck, or "iCilly," as he was 
known. Tie Maa a Wlllla.'asport product} whea he was but 16 
years old the Kepasz Band becaac interested in blai and toolc 
hla into its raafes in 1337, He always delighted the 
residents of the city with his exhibitions of twirling as 
he headed the band in its appearances on the atre'Sts, His 
first appearance of any pro«ineace was in Htyt Tork City 
ifith the ol:! 12th Reijirieat lDru<a Corps during the JiTashin^ton 
Centennial. Th« hish-stftpping drua aajor saade such a hit 
with his baton twirlins that onif of the ^shlagton news- 
papers came out with the words "there are two «»a in Ifew 
York tonight - the President and '\ilpatrick.'» 

Later t when Villiaa was about 19 years old, he 
toured tiurops for a season as a perforaer with XcCadden»s 
Circusi when he returned he playsrt aboard a river boat 
that ran between St, Louis and ^ew Orleans* Up to the 
time of his death he was active in vaudeville. His body 
was laid to rest in Vtilliamsport April 11, 1915, the ser- 
vices bein^ in charge of the Repass Bftad i4)ose drum amjor 

15 Williaasport Sesquicentennial Historical Boolclct , p. 34, 


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IM Iwd b»«A for so matf f—r; The bAiid followed his 
body to the er«v« playing hl« favw-ite faneral hyran, 
•Th« Honored arnv«."^® 

MlMa tho eopMis aand docidod to withdraw Tr^st the 
Stato Kilitia la l;il2 it occasioned Quit<? a shower of 
protests froa th« officers of th« guard. So anch object- 
ion was encountarod that axplanat io«is for not re -onli stint; 
ware printed in the news to Justify the position of the 
hand. BseanM ao«t of the playars itho occupied the laad 
chairs were prevented frsn coiog to the annua i oncaapMMit 
that year due to their businesses it wouid have neeessl* 
tatsd taking a "ptttohed-ttp hand* nfhich wsnld not he in 
kai^lAK with the standard apheld by the or^i^inlzation. 
Saving the reputation of hein^ <Mie of the best hands in 
the state, when at ea«9» the people fron nlles around oaas 
ttt tuMir its concerts. Theref<»»s the «ftfl»h^rs of the hiutd 

felt they would bs doJjig as injnntic? to the band and to 

its e^niritra to go to cau^ with a biwd of •roifclos,* 

Zn 1317 the l^epasK asad a«Eain volcntaorad its 

services and offered 60 ausieians fw service in PTawis 

under Colonel John ?• lii»od» eSMaaadar of n Pennsylvasla 

Qftvalry Kegi«sBt. 

l<* Husionl Sptsrprias« (May. 1915) » n. p. 
17 Ibid., (May, 1312), n, p. 

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In th« •arly yitT9 of Ita •xi9t«iio« th« Iwcvl coa- 
tb« position of l^ador ami dirtotor, i>ttt by 1372 a 
tfiraotor waa t>«iog obOfl«9a as a »&p£rate officer. Captain 
Jaaaph Grafivt waa ta« first of tb«s«. At latsr periods 
tUtt position was telA hf G. XorrU >;spaaa» Xilton £«pasa» 
both sons of i/aoisl, Lroaa J. Fis^, Hamr &* ^ap^i CbarXos 
S. SliicidSt and W» aordic wood. Hr. i/ood eontractsd pasv* 
wtiilv playing for Frssiaftnt Taft*s inau4;ural and U1«<1 

a abort tins lat«r.^^ 

Throuj^h tbo years th* KspasE Band bas alNays snjoysd 
tbs opportunity oi' xaarkiri^ tin^ v>.iiouu unuivsrsarieo of 
tbis uausaal orgaoisation Mbicb bas belli together foi* so 
aaay yoars» weathering this disc our ageaents which cone to 
sv«r7 ouch i;roap and reaaining one of the best bands in 
the state. These eelefaratioos have taken various foras. 
There was the 43th anniversary in Old Oak Park when proaise 
of a lively day was given with the Xllton aaad participat* 
t fi g aaA a plgeon^shootinb coatc^st occai^ring bett«eti*n Luvl 
Hill of Kuncy and Troxell of Lewisbta-g.^' Than there was 
the 54th aaaiversary on a grander ssale in Athletia Parte 
whaa laoes* FlMOtts lew York laad gave both aftsraooa anA 
evsaiag concerts followed dgr a baton exhibition by Williaa 

1} Ti.'. ly .u ■ . .-■> .iagiafe;- . .iiOgust 22, 18^3, p. 4. 

>stl J-: 


■« sas. 

• if^o 

lUlpatrick, The last number of the evening's concert 
auat have been aost spectacular. Entitled war ana Peace 
it involved aarchitti; aolUicrs, a fifo and drun corps, a 
chorus of 200 voices and rapidly firing artillery. A 
battery of cannons was aade especially for this work: and 

20 shots (blank cartridi;e8) were firetl per ainute,^^^ 

In the year 1910, followinff the death of director 

Herulc Uowif there casi© to the post of director of the 
Kepasa Band a nan who is regarded hy laany as the f^ost 
outstanding contribution Williaasport has ever oade to 
the field of music. He was John Hazel, who in the peak 
of his career was world-faaous as a performer, cotsposer 
mna conductor. He vas one of the "Big Pour" of cornet ists 
in the world, the other mciabers of the select group being 
Prank Seltzer, ti. Parish Chanbers and Herbert Clafir, 
Xusioinns bef<we the turn of the century considered Mr. 
Hazel the rival of Jules Levy, one of the aost brilliant 
and powerful cornet soloists of that tiaie. During the 
stwaers of 18s)l and 1392 they played rival attractions at 
Atlantic City. 2^ 

Johnny Hazel was born September 23, 1265 at Belle- 
fonte but Boved to hlllisagport xhen a saiall boy. His 

20 The Dsily Gazette and Bulletin . AugMSt :31, 1«?94, p. 5, 

21 The Williaweport S«n, T^nuary 27, 1945, p. l. 

fo f^t^' 

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T ' > B 

flMioal car»«r tMfu at tii« as* of 10 «b«o he roo«lv«d his 
first eorwfi. It la lnt«r«stlay: to aote that altboia£;h ho 
roaehod groot holghto la anaie lft*« Haaol oftoa roaarkod 
that ho aovor haU apont aa auch aa twoaty-fivo ooots for 
hla aaalcal odueatloa. Hoars tq>oo houra of practice In 
^tdah Jm blow a«alnat tho tMrlole wall of th« old Elliott 
Palat Shop (it stoou noar tho proaont Qrtumrm Xarkot) for 
toao holloa gala for Johaoy the clala of holng "tho heat 
In t»»e United States ."^^ 

At tho as* of 10 he heoaao a ■•■bor ?f the stopper 
Band of this city and playad his first solo In puhlio at 
tlM Albion Botel In Atlantic City in I'laa when a aaaber of 
tho hotel orchestra. Lator that y^sa* he was In a thoater 
orcheatra in Philadelphia. Vext he Joined the band of tho 
laffalo aill iteow and played with thea for aost& tlae on 
their toiars ttarouijih the entir« country. Re always cheristiti- 
od the experieaoo he had aa gaest soloist with the fanod 


22nd Reglaent Hew York Vatlonal Guard flaod In 13i»0. 

Hla tours of the country tocA: hla to aany noted 
theateray Includinis the beat of Vaw Tork and Boaton. He 
had a brilliant career as a aaaher of Sooaa*a Band, playing 
with that orgaalaatlon In every state in the union and 

22 The wiiUaasport Son»Go»ette . Deceaber 24, 136S, p* 8. 
33 The Wllliajnport Saa . January 27, 1943, p. U. 


directing the band on several occasions when they playou 
his coaqxMiitlons. 

One of his neatest sxpericncos caate in the lato 
1S90*8 when he perforaoU beforo the King of England, and 
perhaps ono of tho things for which he was best known was 
his rocorctinu' work for tho Edison Phonograph Co., aaklng 
his debut with th^i as cornet soloist in 1907. 

It was lAen he returnod to NUliaasport in 1310 
that hs (Moami director of the Kepasz 3and which, durin^^ 
the tiae of his leadership, becaae imown officially as 
ths El]cs«ftepasz Band because of tho support of the t/illiaas- 
port Lodge of Elks* Re also organised and diroctod the 

,,1 , -r p. ^x' y^ 

Xoatoursville Aoerican Legion Dond, ^ ' *- 

It was during Mr. ITazel's tiae that the Repass Band 
suffered a severe blow vrtion the Lyooaing Opera House burn- 
ed on May 31, 191S. The band occupied quarters thorc and 
lost its ontire oquipaent - a $3,000.00 library of ausic, 
uniforas, instruaents and trophies. Scheduled to play 
at the high school coaaenceaent uxcercises June first the 
band ma graciously offered the use of the Imperial Totc- 
ques* instruaents so the cottc«rt could go on as planned. 
Citizens also eaae to the aid with funds to help the band 
and rehearsals were held in the Alcott Daocing Acadeay 

24 The Villiaasport Sun-Gazette, Deceaber 24, 1965, p. 8. 





lA his lat« f—r9 ^« Haxcl sptfat hiM tLoo ciir«ct* 
lag b«aiis aad coHpovioSt fiodlOAi it v«rar diffioult «• h« 
•ai<l to keep «p his pi«/iag with 'stars tssth*" Hs wuls 
his hoMi aioos ths Ls f sl s ss k Crssk vhars he lovsd to in* 
dui;ie ia his favorite psstistd of fishiag* 

SsMi of Uis coiipositioast i>riiMipsily asrcbss, ars 
iatsrastlooai favoritss sueh ssi l03rC Gmmltrr MMPflf| > 
^ttsjsoHstf iteea^ Coshfa Post a^ifc. LycuJ..!.. Kotors 
WMHih . BBJsit Msroh . s Snaaish Holsro , s trsuscriptioii for 
cioriaet of s popuX«kr cisssio with iMUid Misisisas satitlea 

■ 1 ■* . . 

I ^'^^T* AH TilW «a^ Tho KlithtY Kisoourl. a tributs 
to ths ftesd U. $• BattXsship.^^ 

At ths tias of his dsath on Jaaosr/ 26 , 1343, aa 
sditoriai rsfsrrsd to Joha Bassl as "oas of this ooaauo- 
ity*s prissd iastitutioas • a aM «Im Isfvsa anaio, iovsd 
proviaio^; ausic for othsrst oontributiag hsyoaA 
to ths sasmpafiSMut of aosio in >^Uliaaaport.«^^ 

Darine tho tasotsr^first yoar vmdw «foha Baasl*s 
4irs«tion, ia ^ogiust of 1931, ao eiatMvats t«o«i<laT sslshra< 

U Ths Daily Goastts ana aaUptin . Jtaos 1, ldl6, p. 1. 
3ft Ths iTilliaaapotn ,>un . Jaauary 27, 1943, p. 1. 
27 Ibid ., p. 4 

•:^> • i ' mm 

tlon was Iwld in obtorvance of the Repass Oand's onc- 
kniKlr«<lth anniversary* Pt'om aany of the noichborins 
towns t«n bands totalling five honurod ausioians assoablsd 
in v;iiliaBsport to participate in tho celebration. The 
strooto of tho city resounded with stirring aarehes all 
aftomooB as tho bonds gave concerts on the court house 
lawn, the post office lawn, at the oity hall and in 
Diawmd Square in Hewberry. rjarly in the ovcnins they 
foraed to Join in a auatters parade froa Sarlcct Square to 
Xeaorlal Field where a gala concert was {presented. Horo 
than two thousand people heard the aassed bands play under 
John Hazel. Preceding the aain concert a half hour pro- 
graa had buen eiven by the Junior Repass Band, a group 
directed by Charles H^. Noll. 

Editorials of congratulations appeared in the nows- 
papsrst and during the week tho proainence of the Band mm 
attested to when the United States Iterine Band in a radio 
broadcast played the Keoast Band ?!arch written for and 
dedicated to the local organization in 13i>6 by Charles C. 
SNseley, a aeabor of the band. 

There is no doubt that the HSPaW Band March con- 
tributed greatly to the proainonco of tho band across 
the nation. It attained treaendous popularity not only as 

23 The Williaosport Sun, August 11, 1>31, p. 1. 


iO^J) Bt 


avab%r, but in tbosQ days it Mas slso oftea btard 
(Ml the str«bt corners froa huroygiiraies cr froa travtlliag 

Straagtly enough it was aurin£ the ysar of the 
Espaas BaiKi*s centennial that ths nan ttkO did so auch 
to kssp the oaas of the band before the public passsd 
aMiy at the ags of fifty. 

Kr. Sweeley was a very talented ooaposcr, having 
■any other succossful jsarches to his crsUit. His back- 
ground Mas ousical, one of his uncles having been a 
professcn: of nmsic in Leipsix, Gsraaay. At ths ags of 
16 ha won a priz« at a soasioal festival for a Malts he 
had written. BoMiev«r» he turned chiefly to aarches, 
dedicating tbea to various bands and puttii^jt th« pictures 
of the bands on the cover » as was the oustoa. Soae of 
thsss are I The Kival JCing . dedicated to ^ousa Mho Mas a 
personal friend, Our Qomaeu^olvr t dsdioated to Wjklter 
Wiw—ii and the leteque Mad to which he also belonged 
aad Lulu Sand , dedicated to a Shrine band. Kr. SMseley 
Mas a versatile ausician, teaching piano and troaboas 
and also playing the piano in the I^rric Theatsr aad play* 
lag for vaudeville in the Fussily Theater. 

The Kepass Baad Mas noted not only tor its play* 
iau tHit also for its entertainioj^ of the various visiting 
bands as th^ would coae to tfllliaasport to give concerts. 

. at** 9 

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This IncludAd a turnout of th« wliol* iMusd to att«t th* 
visitors upoa their urrivaX aad to oocorv thMi to thoir 
hot*!. Oft«a, as in th« cm« of tb* UnitoU Statos lariaa 
■and** appaaraaca at tlM Lycoaiiig Qpmra House, tho viai* 
tors would hava the local baod aa thtlr gaaata la tba 
aftamoon, aaa io the availing after the concert the 
Rapaas Baad wotild entertain irith a suaptuous supper aad 
wnlrer in their parlors at the opera house. OldtixMrs 
enjoy telling of the aaior tines Sousa aad his baod appear* 
ad at the opera house in the early 1300* a anu of the 
social tiaes the aaabers of the two bands enjoyed together. 

Many and varied were the events for which the 
Sapasc Sand was relied upon to furnish oasic, so it was 
natural that when the first Christoas tree was erected 
on the north lawn of the court hoase the band ahoulu hare 
aa iaportant role in the careaony. It was back in ldl4 
that the Civic Club was looking for soae thing to do which 
would be beneficial to the ooamanity when it was decided 
that the city needed a Municipal Christaas tr^e. It was 
the late Senator Charles K. Sones who aade the idea 

A huge evergreen bealook was cut up in Sullivan 
County. It was brought to town by horses and sled and 
erected on the pavaaent in front of the court bouse at a 

i i.Wx 



'LULi^Ct si !rfli^. 


ir c/.rj#i r.">u^ V i"*tit"i*» ji*' iasAi>*v '^'liii 



cost of aort than $100 .03. Tlarottgh th* g<a«rotity of th« 
lat« hiibnr .SalUila of Prior afMi SallaOa Sloctric Co. tho 
trt« Haa uroasotf up, and other contributioaa of labor aod 
■atarial »av« the city a tre« of which it could o« v»ry 
. Tbon caao the quostioa of mx9iG, aikl through 
. Pwiwrt aaoagar at that tijM and a nost astoaaad 
■naician, the aanricoa of tha Ropaas Baoa mrc offered « 

Chrlataas eva orrivad, a real old faahioacd one, 
colder than Greealand, and tha auaieians took their 
plaaaa ittder the iqireaidiJig healock braoohaa. The aisoal 
to atart loas given by Mayor Stabler, and the opening 
phraae of Oh. Caae. AH Ye Faithful floated out of the 
ahiaing inatruaenta. Then aili^ace. F^osea hard and fast, 
no aore aouods couia be coaxed out into the winter air. 
Heeourae to the court house corridor had to be aought 
until the iaatruaaata could be thaweu out in order to 
rasMw playing* Far aasy years afterwards the city had 
to be sati9fI<Hi Mith a sileat Christaas traa.'^ 

Eaoh year in the early part of this century the 
Rspass Band went on tour through tha aortham part of the 
state giving ooneerta in Ridguay, 7)ubois« Erie, St. »ary*a 
aad other tonns, ana the noMspapers of tho«e toaaa were 
lavish in their praises aa "thousands listened to the 

29 Ann* Linn Cheyn^, *JacqueIino*a Letter to th« Hoae 
PttlkSt" The miiaasport Sua, Deoi 

Deoeitfker 24, 1939, n. p* 





«n«ptioaftIlT fine programs ao faultlessly rendsred." 

Stellar solo artists wsrs fsaturcU, among whoa wsre ths 
K«tropolltan star, John Hazel, Osborne Housel, »t that 
tias a very young man and a violin pupil of the celebra* 
tsd Kneisel who spoke of hia as "one of his aost proais- 
iag |>rote^es,"'*^and Valentine (Tiny) Sierle, singing 
star of the ld20*s« 

Versatility of the hand is evidenced by advert ise- 
■•ata in July, 1^14, of the opening of the Airdoae, dancing 
pavilion, featuring the tango and one step to aiuaic of the 
Repass BaiKi while the Airdoae Orchestra furnished ausic 

for the hesitation. Dances were held every night except 

Tuesday when the band played concerts in Brandon Park. 

After John Hazel relinquished the position of 

director he was followed by David M. Gerry, previously 

solo truapeter with the band, then by John R. Robertson, 

a nephew of Mr. Hazel. Mr. Robertson was a well-known 

local attsician, having played with several naae bands as 

a youQg aaa. He taught truapet for nany years in williains- 

port. At present, the band is directed ky 8. Hart augbee 

30 Lrle Tlaea , a.d., o.p* 

31 Ridgway Courier , n.d., n.p. 

82 Kusical Enterprise . July, 1914, n.p. 

' » uu-. turn BP»wi X rt 

\t> Bno* fen ^iii "Yc 9-^cm oA 
s«»dK» J4j^«t •/^•vf' i-j^Mi ft^ "-a «dJ tai 

•»c£^. uB*i; Yn«» lel t^qnnt tdgiajit sii «iuHi SMMt « 

, '...n , . :. . 1 

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Mho took ovtr tlM posit ion in 19(>^. Tliis yaar tb« *;ik»« 
EopftM Buia will colobrat* its ono tauidr«t tiioiity-fifta 
aoBivwoary of unbrtAiea oxiotonoo aiKi distiajguishwl 
••rvio« to .'«illlA«fipot*t* 


TlM aia«toonth oentury ima th« om of baiids. Tli* 
torn band pla/eU a larg« part la villain life, accoapany- 
iat; tb« troops to tlio wars, loading tht para<l«8 in patri* 
otic oalo&ratiotts and fiiving aiuuMr nigitt concerts on the 
viUago firtsn. 

nrea the early aineteeath century when the first 
hand, the Kspaaa* was orgaaixed Kliiiaaaport has ted 
■any f iae haads* /^ 

Shortly after the establlshaeat of the Repass 
aaaa in 13S1 the £.xoelaior flaad was foraeci. This croup 
h s m s ve r, lasted only a short tiAe. At ahoat the aaas 
tiae the Baast Baod eaae into existence to last likewise 
hat a Short tiae. This group consist (Mi principally of 
of the Hibernia Fire Coopany* 

In 13S2 the five Stopper brothers arriv«<I froa 



Pijnnwlvania. Vol. I, p. 44g, 

T>e Daily Qagotte and Roll^^ 
Wition J' uno, mSV P. Bl. 

34 The naily Qagotte a«^ Roll^ t in % Special Centennial 

' " ?6, p. 

I A\'-tl 

Owmeaxy, Tboy Joined th« Repass Qand but «rithclreM In 19G9 

to fora their awn band under th* leailorshlp of Fred Stopper. 

A iMKling iNiiici tar s»ny Tears, tbe Stopper Bond Qcb loved 


mn enviable reputation. ^ They enlisted in the lOCth 
reglwmt, Pena^ylvania Volunteers, and served one year. 
At the tl£M they were in caop during Civil » ar days they 
were icnown as the Silver Cornet Z3and. A letter desoribin<; 
their life in ca^p and telliu^ how they spent Christoas 
of 1961 ai^earsd in the local newspaper* ^y^y'^ 

They were locateil at Caap Observation near Poole s- 
villo, KEuryli^tnd; General H. W. Btarns was Ccmnondor of the 
brigsxle* The brigade was put tlirough drills "at a ri^t 
Sflttrt rate" every other day aloni; with the reviews at 
i^ich the bands figured ];»*oaincntly. There were three 
bands in the brigades Baxter's Tire Zouave 3and, the Band 
of the First California and the Villiansport Silver Comet 

It t«is reported that although the writer did not 
feel it was his place to give an opinion as to the best 
band, "suffice it to say that Willioosport still holus 
her own" ia iq>ite of fomidable opponents. 

A,^ As for Christoas day the boys said it was the 
"dryest Christnas they ever experienced." The day passed 

35 Ibid. 


V,,V -• * I '■■-'.'.> 


i'X ' 't- 


as usual but without dutlos to porfora. Toward ovonlog 
an Invitation coac to visit General Durns' quartors for 
"a aaall jubilee" with his friends of the different 
eoaaaads. The band "toc^ up their lino of aarch" and 
halted at headquarters where thoy playod several of their 
"choice pieces - aaon^;; which was the Anvil Chorus , it 
being a favorite of the General who had requested it." 
The writer adds that "the Gencoral and his party seeaed to 
appreciate it if I were to jucii^o frosi the ^plauso that 
followed each piece and also what followed all - a 
large blac^^: bottle supposed to contain Jersey Cider." 

The writer concluded by reporting that the band 
had been "very kindly reaeoberod by the citizens of 
Canton v^o presented thsa a fine goose and a pair of 
ohiokenSf for ^'rtiich you can suppose we are very grateful, 
Wa are to have a feast this oveninc on thoa," The letter 
was sii^nod "Ccxrnot."'* 

In the oightssn eighties ./illiatasport boasted of 
three rather unique bands aade up of susicions who playeU 
mostly "by ear." Soae of the city's oldest citizens aay 
recall the Billy Sips, the Boars and the HaiaaMr bands. 

86 The Lycoaiin^i Gazette , January 1, 1JG2, p. 2. 




lost of tbo tunos th«*o band* plny»<3 wero plcfcod up 
froa liearinc th« llttl« Oeramn bamle that coxae to town 
••VQral tiaos MUtb mummt, "Clml in fiery rod viniforas, 
imffliis away on thoir big braas tioma, raaaabllns lobstars 
Juat aftar being boilou In tiot water," theae banua played 

on the atreet corner a and In front of the aaloona. The 

hat waa paaaed to take oara of expenaea, 

Since no anaic uaa ever purchaaed the only expenaea 
ware an ooeaaioBaX lunch. Aa the big olectiona approached 
and aa political ralliea began the aaobara of theae baada 
literally thrived on lunchea* 

The Billy Sipa Bond took Ita oaae from a town 
character who "tooSc no part in the rehearaala other than 
to help eat and drlok: anything that waa aent into the 
boya by the polltiolana that were running for office." 
In later ycara aoMeono renairt the bond Billy Sipa •Sheep- 
akin* Bond. 

Bcodquartera for tUla group woa on Hulberry Stroat 
near Eaat Jefferaon Streot on the aecood floor of an old 
fra«e building uaed aa a carriage abop. "Here the aeabera 
of the band would ait about on paint kega and paint buckets 
and practice the 'airs* they knew. All that waa neceaaary 
waa for aoae aeober of the band to atari aoaathing and aU 

37 Q^^tte a^ aulletin . April Q, ld29, a.p. 


th» rost f«Ii in." 

Althout-U the Billy Sipi MaA never acquired nation- 
al or state faae, it i«Mi a factor in all torch lifiht par- 
•ilet and affairs of lUca character aany years. 

The Ooars had their headquarters in the Old Star 

Brewery slttMteU oa Market Street north of the town. 

The baml was coaposed of fron four to olght seabers, 

•according to how mxsy were in need of a froo lunch." 

Ths TTnaiir Sand held rehoarsals In the old tannery 
on the southeast corner of Court and Church Streets. 
The hand roon on the —cooA floor of an old work shop 
was a very precarious place to roach, Ths aeabers had 
to pass over narrow paths hetwss* 4Mp vats fiUad 

with brine. 

Organized by George Baaasr, this hand was origin- 
ally started as a burlesque affair with tin horns for 
instruiaents. Howevsr, after procuria*^ a set of real 
instmaents they aade a very creditable showing, even 
filling so«e out-of-town engagsmmts. In 1898 J^n 
Basel becaae leader and gaoeral director of the 

30 Ibiu . 

30 Lloyd, p. 446. 

40 Gasette ana aulletio, April St 1329, n.p. 

:2JB T0tmt. 

•Kj'k t'VHi 

A local newspaper connenteii that th« nembors "ar« 
beooHlag very proficient ausiclans, and unUor their new 
leader who ia a thorough teacher they will soon ranlc with 
the best brass bands in the state," ^ ^ 

Other bands of the aiddle eighteen hundreds which 
assisted in the success of anny political rallies and par- 
ades were the following! tho Stokes Bond cooposou of 
colored aMrt>«*s, the City Greys n^^ch foraea in 1371 and 
disbanded in 1374 and the Scdth Dond. The Saith Band 

had a short existence as the regiaental band of the 

Twelfth Regiaent, ^rational Guard of Pennsylvania. 


▲ proAinont band of the latter nineteenth century 
was the Pisk Military Band. Organised in 1379 in South 
tfilliaasport the band of seven asabsrs was originally 
kaoNB as tiM Sauth Side Oand. A year later the band 
secured as director Lyaan J. Flsk who was then playing 
with the Repass Band. Chan^^ini^ its naao to tho Pislc Xil- 
itwy Skuid, tho organisation inci^easod to twenty-two 
•sabers and in ld86 stoved to Williaasport . Here the band 

41 The Gazette and Bulletin . April 24, 1353, p. 4. 

42 The Daily Gazette and Bulletin . Special Centennial 

Edition, June, 1895, p. 31. 


>«^«Jtw^' .iAt, %^i-i. 

^ a: 

^•JfT -t *-.♦* ? 

iMOMM MM of the leaUing aualcaX <»*geuiizatlon8 of central 
PcanajrlYBnla. Over a period of about fifteen years the 
group aads aany trips out of toiim aocoagNMagring local 
organizations. Hired by the Kni^^hts Tooplar as thoir 
private tiand, the organization traveled to Washington » 
D, C, Boston, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and rmny other 
cities in Pennsylvania with the l^ldwin II Coaaandery. 

Concerts in the purks were one of the band's con« 
tributlons to local residents* onjoyiaent. Mention ia aads 
of one such concert at Vallauaont when ** three thousand 
people heartily enjoyed a oost delightful affalr."'^^ 

ttm Pitfc Band enjoyed a distinguished career until 
1904 Mhen duo to the pressure of business affairs on 
the direct <»* and aei^>ers the group disbanded. Xeotbors 
were quoted as saying they felt "like crying" as they 
left their hall for the last tiae. Several said th^ 
were "heartbri^cn" to see the band "pass out of existence 
forever, leaving but a jseaory of a once celebrated ousic- 
al organization." 

43 The Daily Gazette Tix\a. Oullctin , February 10, 1904, p. 5. 

44 Ttas Daily Gazette and Bulletin . July 20, 1335, p. 1. 

45 Ths Daily Gazette and aullctlOt February 19, 1904, p. 5, 

•: iU©.': 

.9i>;u 4mi lo 


qotri^ odT BiMtoiMi Has 1/ 

.3 .ija-»uv: 

•iO. ^i 

Three aore baad« Mblch existed during the U»t 
quarter of the nineteenth century were the followlnfii 
WaAlngtoo Cam »o. 574 P. 0. S. of A, nond of Mewberry, 
• fife «nd drua corps which aaintaiiwd hea<iquarter« on 
the aecond floor of the present Suo-C«*ette Building and 
had a« director John F. t^chteli the Diitin Manufactur- 
iag Ceivaay*0 b*nd with P. J. Stanton aa leader; the 
Sixth h'mr^ Brass Band under the leadership of Professor 
Osorge If. CronaiUer of the Stopper and FlSk Orchestra. 
At the tiae of this haau's organisation in Au^just of 1 J35 
a notice appeared in the press that a hop for the benefit 
of the bami would be giv-n in Holler's HaU the following 
Tuesday night, Aujjust the elghteeath.^^ 


Williaasport claias the distinction of having the 
criclnal all-Slasonio ousical orssnisation in the United 
States* aaasXy the Zaperlal Teteque Baad. 

It was in the ysar 1B94 that the seeU for this 
unique grsap sas sown. One ovonias Truaan R. Reitaoyor, 
John K. Bays, lerbart R. Laird ana Clarence Else, all 
of the VSStmlc fraternity, wre slttin^i around 

46 The Daily Gazette cuiu Bulletin . Special Centennial 

Ldition, June, iJJ&, p. vii. 

47 Ths Daily r^ f tt« ^nd Bulletin. August 12, 1835, p. 1. 


Um fire in thoir lodi;« rooa i«h«n tb« subject of iausic 
rntf* Aft«r aoat aisoussion tbey u«oid«(i to fom a 
brass quartst. !&•• Reltaoyor agrssU to teacb the others 
to play* This Mas aocoaplished so wsli that uboa thoy 

■nte their first appoaranco at a Xodgo asoting thsy 

"brought doim tho houss." 

Thas bsgan the faaotts orsanisation whose naas 
bsoaas icnown froa coast to coast. 

TlM quartst istsHroved with a^. Gradually other 
■oabars with differaot iastrunonts were taken in, leading 
to thft deveiopaent of a brass band. 

The story of the aaae of tho band is an intorostiag 
SBS* lavias started out as the '^Triple Tongued Quartot," 
the groi^ ^MMgsd its asmo to the T T Q Band as the aefli^ 
her ship increased. Finally it beeaas the laperial Tete- 

TIM hand of forty aeabers was one of the first 
Knii^hts TesQ>lar bands in the country and was noted for 
its exoeXlent ousic and the high character of its aeabers. 
Making a haadasMS appearance in their pluiaes tlMy aocooH 
panied the Kain^ts Teoplor to oany annual conclavoo. 

Tho Teteques were f(»*tuaate in having an interested 

48 Lloyd, p. 447. 

49 Ibid . 



ivlt itnrstf 

maA 8*a«rou« godfather ia th« p«r«oa of J. Salter Bowkui. 

as tbo "dean" of this faaous oivuiisation %*• 
warn to it tliat uaifonas, instruasnts and ausio 
wars supplied. Thos« who aro faailiar with tb« hasd 
tastifr that thera was not blag in tha Una of band aatarial 
that ha did not gat for thaa. An itaa which aada baadlinos 
wban it was procuraa for tha hand was a aaaaoth bass Ortui 
sarocured froa a arooiOLya nonufacturer. Tho UriMi aaasurcd 
naarly six feet in diaawtar, anu thirty«sl}; inches in wiatlu 
It was understood that all new aaohinory had to ha oads 
for the oanufacture of this drua. The two hMtds with ono 
extra cost I73.00. The ooaplete oost of the dnoi was 
around $300.00.^^ 

Tbs li^arial Teteques brooght honor and prestige 
to the lodge and tha city for aaBgr years until the death 
of Hr. BoMMan. How parasoont his support was, both sorally 
and materially, was evident in the gradually laggiag inter- 
est of the ■sabers after his death. Althouj^h efforts for 
revival ware aada in tho late nineteen tblrtios bgr Mq^Ia« 
■sating the group with high school students, this outcoae 
was unsaooessful. i^ith tha passing of Mr. Bowaan went tha 
passiag of the oldest Sasooio band ia the country. 

Directors of the bana after Mr. Reitaeyer were 

50 ?tusicai j ntorprise. n.d., n.p. 


i,'ii »' ,l<JLt ' ^-' 




Flak, Dave Gerry and Osborne Houael. 


TlM baginnlag of the twentieth century brongkl: nura- 
•rotts other banda to the local scene. One of these vraa 
the Wawtown Band which changad Its iia«a In 1J04 to the 
Villiaaaport Karlne Band.^^ Another waa the »awberry Qaad 
which waa organised In the weatern part of the city. In 
1910 notice waa given throu^gh the preas that on a certain 
avaning in Auguat they would "aake sweet auaic in Diattsa4 
Square." Proadiae waa made that if the concert waa a 
aucceaa aiailar entertaiaawnts would be forthootting durini; 
tba raaainder of the outdoor saaaoa. Mention waa aada that 

the band was in "the beat of shape financially and poaaeaa- 

ed of the baat aquipawnt in its history." 



One of the awst popular banda ra«eaibarad by local 
residents was. the Verdi Bana, an Italian organisation of 
great aerit, Porawrly a bugle corps it was organised in 
1309 with Guisoppe Biffarella as leader, Xichael Chianelll, 

61 The I>aily Qasatte and ?3ullotln . Kay 27, 1904, p. 2. 
52 The williaaaport Sun, August 31, l')li), p. 2. 


:;::s-Ml i:juuiiii t> 

eix rri s:\c^.:ix^i^ 

^/r. j^i^HiV^y-ci ;££«'js 


a local retired tailor, aarvatf •• mamgt* 

Attired in uniforms of black witli gold tria the 

tend of ab<Kit forty aealbera aade its first public ^p«ar« 

wwe ia 1910 • ftaj aida a floe iflt>ressiOfi as th«]r iMadatf 

tlM Masonic Conclave parade. 

Ft*oa that tiae on the Terdi Qand grew in popularity. 

Its services, always freely given to the oowuinlty, were 

in constant deoand. 

During the early nineteen hundreds tlie band was 

always present at the liifhtins of the great Christaas 

tree on the court house lami. There they plasrsd Christi 

carols as the lights were turned on. On Hew Year's night 

as ths holiday season ended they also provided oaslc. 

In 1916 three thousand pssple gathsrsd in arandon 

Failc to hear the Verdi Band play a concert for the benefit 

of the Rspass Baa4 fire loss fund* A splendid concert of 

elassieal aad popular aosic was given. A spccica treat 

was a baritone solo Dear M>aa t Mog by Orestes Ci£;lio. 

Bp« Giglio was forced to respond to the insistent ^pplauss 

with thrss encores. The hand playvd Tipperary for its 

saeore "as usual," closing with The Star Spangled Baaay . 

Ladies of the Civic Club conducted a candy sale which net« 

63 The Williasuiport Sun Gazette . Deoeabsr 24, 1938, p. 13. 

-^. >jh&eim' 


-JiMM iWMM*^ 

);& jr^maoo 


rf iH I iM j > ' ''i/'i ■ 


> ffl^-rt^^. ., 

t«<l « good mm for the Repoaz Sand,^^ 

This MRO only one of aany concerto filven tqr tho 
Yerdl BmnA In the nrandon Parte baadoliQll. SVenln^ con- 
torts wore also given on the court house lawn. Largo 
oroiii2s always lioro attractea* 

■ttsical sondoffs were always given to tho local 
soldiers leaving the Pennsylvania liailroaa Station for 
Vdrld War I, WlMn the war was over the old !£ajastic Tlioa- 
ter was *psoked as it had never boon pocked before wlisa 
the hand gave a concert of classical and operatic ousic to 
tho end of the conflict." Xr. Chianolli and 

Tiac^ait Purpari served as chairoen for this "standing roos 
only" event. 

Known for its ability to aarch either fast or slow, 
the Terai band signed a contract calling for one humored 
twsnty steps por ainuto for the conclave parade. A very 
slow step was so«etis»s dsaonstrstsd as it played fnoorsl 
aarohos for Us ceass d band aeabers. 

Itohsorsals at first were hold wsskly in the lardi 
building at the corner of w st Fourth and Iwket Streets. 
Later thsy were hold in the stem building in !Iarkot Square. 
Finally the hand was able to buy a buiXding on Caaal Street 

54 Ths Daily Casctto and millet in . July 17, 131S, p. 1, 
00 Ths WilUaasport Sun-Gaaettc . Dsooaber 24, IdOS, p. 13. 


Ttn'^r « ^^rr/lB 'icj:. 


miich they aawKl the Tordi BmoA Rail. According; to tho 
Vllliaitsport SuB^Gasette of Docoab«r 24, I9S&, the Tordi 
HiO— • tiM only i)an(i in PMHMQrlvania to own its own 

On* of the aany coanunity services reail«r«d by th« 
hand mm th« oraction of the Daato XMwrial Statue at the 
Ifilliaaaport Hitfh School. Wwihitra ooUoctau coatrihutioati 
for tha aoiMMMat and pl&yA at tha dedication oereoooies. 

KMfa of the band's aoooaplisluseiit was due to the 
•pXandiu leadarship of the conductor , Hr. Bifforolla, Bs 
«as a fine oosiclan and teacher and oada the band* a arron^ro- 
■ants. The orc«iiisation*s drua oajor was Caaillo Vannucci 

nhoae aon Joseph started in this band as a clarinet iat and 

later fcMnaed his oim orchestra* 

Cowling a period of ye«*s vhicb lasted until the 

and of World War Z the Tardi aaad wiU always be rwnrterid 

for **it9 outstanding character and service to the coBKainity 

and fine auaical ability ."^^ 


In Hay of 1U15 the following' notice anpaared in a 
ie pablication: 

66 Ibid . 

67 Ibid . 








• s? 



Lincoln's LadU»* Band of Williams- 
port, Pennsylvania, under the dir- 
ection of rfarry J, Lincoln, the well 
known iitusical coaposer and arrangor 
took the town by stora, when Lincoln 
and his twenty-five nicely uniforaed 
young ladles stepped out into the 
llaelight on !lay thirtieth in their 
initial bow to the public. Thous- 
ands of people, laany froa out of 
town, filled the streets and side- 
waUcs to get a gliaqpse of the lauy, 
■usicians tx9 they headed the ^ 
Xei!t(M*lal Day parade, 6d ^^^^W 

Consisting of twenty-two ladles this unusual group 

Made a saart appearance in their new uniforas. The en- 

••able of daris: blue trlaaed with i^old hrald consisted of 

a 'ioog lAclrt in the fashion of the day, a coat and cap. 

tfeaey for uniforas was secured by neans of a tag day. 

Rehearsals were held weakly to prepare for concerts and 

appearances at the various fairs. 

The nucleus of Lincoln's Ladies* aand was the 
Doekey faaily, five sisters and two nieces of Mrs. Fred 

Seeing the possibility of gathering bis talented 
faally together as a perforaln^ group, Mr. Jeremiah H. 
Dockey, father ana grandfather of the girls, formed the 
Dockey faally oana. arothers, neptiews anu cousins joined 

58 Musical Enterprise . Hay, 1915, n, p. 

59 Tha Daily Gazette and Bulletin . August ao, 1915, p. !• 

■^ i. 


the girXs, tM*inglng tto« muOMTWlhip to flftoon. This 
uniqus bonu played at fairs ami various local events aaa 
was noted tw excellence of p«irfor4aanoe, 

Mr, Dockoy died in 1^17 after a year's lllnoss 
durin«^ wfaicb tiae activities of tlio band were suspended. 
His last request mk9 that the spirit of the faoiily hand 
be reaetied. In 1^20 Hr. Fred DeCanio revived it. Activ- 
ities resuosd for a period of about three years until the 
death of one of the brothers broke the fanlly circle. 

A band Mhich nas oreanised in South Williaasport 
in 1^20 was the South williaasport Citiseas* Band. A 
photograph in a local paper in 1322 shows the group in new 
uniforas. Under the direction of Charles l^oll the baad 
gave free eoBO^*t8 in churches, schools and other Inst it u- 
tions ia aad about the city. 

satncB wastes mst>s 

Sinoe K or 11 War I patriotic paraues in hilliaasport 
have been spori^ed by excellent auaical groups representing 
Garrett Coc!tf*an Post Ifo. I Aaerican Le4;ion. 

The first service aea*s bond was orfianised in 1920 
at the request of the coaaittee bgr Kiohael Bernard i» a 

of the Legion. It consisted of forty-three sen 

60 (k'it. Septeober 11, 1J55, Vews Section, p. 3i« 

iMid played la allitary and navftl \maA9 Uurini: tbe war. 

Uad«r Mr. BM*aftrdl*s direction tbo baod achlawd 
an •nvlable record. Plrat prlsM iMr« won at atata oon- 
vaatiooa In wiuiaaaport, Graasitant Raaains ami Eric. 
A thrilling; •xparlenc« caiaa to the band In 1922 when tboy 
attondod a national comrontlon at !7«w Orleana. Thore tbo 
VlUlaaaport and Sioux City, XeMa bands tied far first 
plaoa iMBars. To l«*eak the daadlook a coin was toaaad giv- 
ing Kllliaaaport tba second placa aaiard. Vr. nernordi, 
tba director, recalvad a gold«atuddea Conn truopot on* 
gravad with tba Aasrioaa Legion iaaignia. 

In 1927 tbo group gave Its Inatruaonts to tho high 
school band. Activities i«ere M«paadey until W22 when 
the post reoTi^aniaad tba band, rhlllp Shay, a foracr 
aSMauidar of Garrett Cochran Post «us choson to aamHie tbe 
organisation. Fred OeCanlo was elected director, nrad fi« 
Ketzcl aasistant director and A. F. Snyder drum aajor. 
With a aeflberahlp of forty-f ivc acn the group procurod aaw 
unlf oros and baoaaa self -controlled with a coonittee of 
flvo In QlMyrga. Sowever, clrcuastaBoes deteradned that 

tba llfetlae should be but a year during which tlac the 

band appeared at a state convention in Philadolphla. 

61 Tba Villiaasport Sjm, Vovaaber 10, 1920, p. 1. 
88 Gasatte and auUetln . July 15, 1029, p. 1. 

..!»•'»_.■ VBI *»«' 

«» mr 

i»« t 


After ld30 a Junior drua corps was fonnd by ths 
post. After yfotXtX var XZ tbote yoiiog son roturaod to Im 
iBMMB as the lUaoic llSaulos Drua aau Bvigle Corps. 

Wsntfsoi io tbeir pliuMd tasad«<lrssses and sfisppr 
unlforiao of tOack and i^old tlie youas Alaok Bafiles with 
their sbinins; instruoents are o tlurilliag sight in local 
paradas. Spectators are iiqpraaaed with tbe exoallent 
taasMork of their playing snu the preolsion of their oar oh- 

The BLa^ Bsflcles are <^asiotent winnoro of stato 
tiMuipionship titles at tiw annual Aaorican Legion state 
osa r s a tis— » Moot recently they retained the state titlo 
in 1350 at the oaapotition in Philsdelphia. On their 
return th^ held a victory p£u*aclo followed hy a concert aau 
driU in !fiin.:et Square.^" 

First plaea was also won this year in a drwi aad 

bugle eoapetition at Tyrone. 

\\ For the past three years the Olaak £aeles have 

sponsored a "Spectacle of Music" at Ifcwsiiri Field. At this 

event aany drua and bu^^le corps froa all ovvr the state 

ea Grit . July 22, 1956, p. 1. 

64 VilUaasport Sun^Caaette. July Q, 1956, p. 1, 

1/ ~ 

it«« Ov«r 4,200 people vmtcbeU th« apoctacle this 

j%9r» Til* BIa^ BagL«« p«rforRiec tar tbe hOA* f*a« twt 

iMOauso of tb«ir rol« of ho«t iXU\ not coapot*. 

Tmo oth«r pr«sttnt-<^ay <lrua and bUffX* corps whioli 

alMiys partloipat* in local patriotic parados ar« tbs 

▼•torans of ForsifB Mars Drua Corps and ths Kahler Post 

Dma attd Buglo Corps. 


A colorful sidoline of tsand lifs in teilUaasport is 
that of the littlo Oeraaa band. 

With tho sotting to this ssction of aany Gsraaa 
sstti«rs it was natural that soall groups of thoa shotild 
est togsthor to snjoy this IdLnd of ausic poouliar to 
thsir nativo country. 

In the latter nineteenth century their activities 
wtrs aftationsd in a local coluon called "Dashes here and 
There" with the line, "Dot Leetle Taraaa fluid assisted y^ry 
aatsrially yesterday in giving a lively appearance to the 

Early in tho ttfentioth century a group of Wtf^mtL 
Bsad asat>ers got t«««thor to fora a Gsraan Dana. They 

60 MUliaasport Sua^Qa£ette, Aasvst 2, 13C6, p. 2. 

M Ths Sally Qaaette and flallstia . Fehrunry 18, 1832, p. 4 


called thea««iv*» th« "Ju»t for Puo aftnd." Garbeti in 
fantastic costuaiiB rcpreaentiat the r«al Ceraan tiaoda 
th«y aad« their first appaaraace cm th« »tr«ets of wiiliaos- 
part in Octobar of lil4 to rais« funds for th« Lycomian 
County Tubarculosis Soci©ly. "Pot lestle Goiiaan Bantf" 
asda things lively on th« strsets froa early aoralng till 
evening and collected oae hundred fifty dollars. 

The graop had just returned froa a tour of the 
sastern part of the state where they visited the Pennsyl- 
vania Dutch section and scored aany trluapba* Th« follow- 
ing acn comprised the bandj Valentine Lupport, G. Otto 
n<K^, David K. Gerry, Frank Haaasr* Pred Bidet, Fred 
Staib, Orion Raltaeyer/® John R, Robertson and Austin 
Witaar joined later on. 

/^^For several years this band took, an annual ten-day 
trip through Haw York state in "Tiny* Lupport's white 
s«vea-passenger Cole automobile. Indicative of th© jovial 
spirit were the three-page folders which were passed out 
along the way with the caption "Who Are Kef" and the 


We are aonbers of the Kftpasz Hand, 
williaasport , Pa., the oldest hand 
in Aaerica. «• are out for soae 
fun, nothing aore, nothing less. 

67 Grit . October 25, 1914, Saw Section, p. 1. 

68 Ibid. 



Yt XfiMfuuK lus Jioot tmaa uldt •'«o<rt i«*irr»« -so^ 

fw t« It 


f V ji .' • 

! ivf'* I'i, 

.«ft9X ^ittif^m « 9*9011 Bn-^<^^Of^ 



W« play for fun and if you have 
•ny fun hearing us play then It* a 
a funny tiao all around." Qi 

Many cities were visited on these trips. The fol* 

lowing ne«rq>aper cooaents fr<» theia toll us of tbo maccoss 

aod fun that the i^roup enjoyed s 



taadra was charaed by the visitors 
fra« •BiUtown.* 70 

Tbsir autoaobile was fially Uecoratdd 
and bore a banner reading *Just for 
Pun.» 71 

Tourinji in an autoaobile and stopping 
wherever they please to give concerts, 
passing the nights in sjqpenslve hotels 
and taking tine out frtm their play* 
iag only to eat and slocp is the 
vacation seven sen froa v/illiaasport , 
Pa., are talcing;. They reached 
Syracuse ysstcrtiay aftcrnotm, gave 
concerts up and down the Eiain streets, 
took part in the parade and scorned 
persons who offorou to drop aoncy 
in their car. 72 

Today the Geraaa band tradition is still carrieu on 

by August and his "Just for Pun 9aad." This yroup was 

argaaised in 1931 in the boiler room of the Capitol Theater 

during a vaudeville engagaaent. Tbo original aaabers ifsra 

Harold Lyaan, flute and piccolo, Paul Knauff, clarinet, 

KiAlroy, bass horn, Austin v/itaer, alto horn, John 

69 Kusicol Enterprise , August, 1315, 

70 BOjaira Telearaa, n.d., n.p. 

71 Elairn Star - Gazette , n.d., n.p. 

72 9yra<Ma8s Post Standaru. n.d., n.p. 

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^ ■fi-'Ti.' .-ic^rf ?rflf 




lebortsoo, tmiapet aad Otto MkMPi«r, troiriKme. T!ir«« oi 
tiM arisSlQAl aeml>«r« am still with tha i»resent band. 
Thfty aiHi Mr* Lywuit Ift*. Ijmuff titid Kr. Magaer. Hr. Pr*<l 
DaCRnlo, ?^. Alf rt>4 !Ib««m11 aiid Kr* SlwrMUi Stutzaan Joiaod 
tlM iMUid la reeaat y«tt*a* 

Bmmb originally as the *Llttl9 Ooraaa Baad,* tlM 
0ra«p eitt«ff«d tba imum to tbo "Just far Fua Baad* Uuriog 
World Var II. Boin^; of rennaylvania Dutcb extract i<m, 
Mr. L3raaa» tho loodar, asswaad tlia aaoa August. 

TlM band has ted an active oaresr witb aea^ import- 
aat aagagaaBots. In its oarly exist eace the group playod 
over radio station MKAX for tUs Flaok ftHming Cotapmisy and 
for Stroehaann's balceryi they iqypsarsd with Joe B. isrown 
at the Tankee Stadittti in Hew York and with Connie Xaok 
aol the Philade^^la Athletics in Philadelphia) they 
played for /If red Landon at Kkshington, Psnaaylvaaiai mImni 
he Mas runnins for President and for President nisealMMsr^s 
birthday at Bcn'stey, October 13, 1953 1 ssvoral yoara ago 
they played for the Circus » Saint and Sinn ore Club in 
Uradfoi^u, Pa. 

Tte praseat tend has bad soim sajoyabls sapiisasBt* 
in Florida. They played for tho Clyde Baatty circus at 
CMAaa iMMh aad for the Badio Club at Port Lauderdolo. In 
199a ttey entertained at a picnic of tho Coaaittoc of One 
■ndrad at Belle Isle, Florida. This Mas a ssvea oillioa 


'• a&iii. 

^p{"ir:jTW|f» irrr' 


(ioUjw aetata «alntaia«d by a group of woaltlvj'' business 
ata Mbo coaprisod this cooslttcc. Accordinj; to Xh» amm 
b«rs of ths band this was "the oost tiao ««• svtr hsd.* 
TlM hf **^' is widely known for its ooasdy acts and csuie a 
asMdy rocording of the ''T"* nWt Ft***^^ Qvsrturs for 
Wait Disosyt 


GBAFint X7 

It MM about forty-slx year* afttr th« first 
\mm organizad before an orolieatra oaao mi tho Villiaaiport 
aceao. HoiMivcsr, oooa begiBif tte procession of orcbestras 
tbrou4^ the yoars proved to ba aa lapresaivc array. 

TlM first one of ^siy ii^portaaoa Mas the celebratoU 
Stopper anu Flak Orohestra. aagtnning with twelve asabars 
on Septeober 1, X377, this ^;7*o«p liad Lyaan J. Fltfic aa 
■aaager and Charles Plschler as leader.^ 

Capable of playing either classical of dance susic 
this orchestra was ir. groat deaand. Soon after its foraa- 
tion a secondary organization called the "Annex** was creat- 
ed. This enabled the orchestra personnel to fill two on* 

ingaawnts on the sane night. 

Coagratulations were extended to the orchestra in 

the pross of 1331 on the occasicui of a classical concert 

given in the Acadeay of Music. The Overture to Martha wno 

aeotionod as having been played particularly well. A hopo 

Mas e^QMressed that the oanageaent of the Acadeay would sec 

tbe advisability of aaintaining such an orchestra. 

1 Heginness, History of Lycaiin;; County, Pennsylvania , p. 372, 

2 Ibid . 

8 The Daily Gazette anu Liullctin . April 2, ISQl, p. 8. 




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iiQ s.: . L.f 





Wamn the Lyc<Md«g Opera !{ou8« opaatd la S«pt«ab«r 
of 1892 the Stopper and Pislc ims th« official orchostra. 

Tbt orchestra aalntaln9d its headquarters ttiXh its library 

and iastrvuMats la the basement of this building. 

The Stopper and Flsk Orchestra had the distinction 
of beinc the first to be invited into one of the city's 
palatial residences for private entertaining. This occurr- 
ed in 1834 at a reception of one of villlamsp<M*t*s nost 

fashionable weddings - that of Florence T. Ryan to Pr. 

Sarcefield Donellan of Philadslphia. 

The sMSical group boasted of ths fact that every 

■an i«as a first-class Busician. They had the reputation 

of playing for more society and public events than any 

other orchestra in the state. Theater managers olaiiaeu 

that it was the best orchestra th4^ had aet on the road 

outside of soae Vew TiHCk orchestras. A look at a list 

•f sufagsflsnts filled by this group convinces one of its 

iMavy public schedule. In Decenber of 1896 jsany engage- 

jMttts were listed for the typical society seas<m. Aaong 

thsa were the Woods-Rowley wedding, a tea given by ?frs. 

Allsa P. Perley, a tea by lirs, P. S. Shaw, the twentieth 

faaliionable Assesbly at Canton, two asseablies and "GsrsMM* 

4 The Daily Gaxottc and Bulletin . June 1, 1915, p. 1. 

5 Ths Williaasport Sun, August 31, 1954, p. 4. 

«f,' .;' » /." t/ 

at Tlarrlsburg, th« charity ball at the Hotel np<legraff» a 
loap year clance and nuaerous app6ara«:c8 at Professor 
3^ebloy»8 dancing school. (Professor 7eblcy conduct ed a 
dancing school In the Acadeay of Music whore he taught all 
kinds of dancing such as the hornpipe.) QssiUes these 

special sagagaaents the orchestra appeared rsgularly at the 

Opera Kousc. 

Oldsr residents have nostalgic memories of moonlit 

MMMT •vsnings on the broad porches surrounding four sidss 

of the Rsrdio Rouss, later tha Park Uotel« ami now the Park 

Hoaie. Here tha ousic of "Tiny* Stoi^er's violin and Jia 

Pisic's bass viol "fl-swed through the open windows." Tha 

oroheatra playad nightly in the ballroom with an affair 

"by invitation" once a week. 

The Stopper and fisk Orchestra enjoyed a continuous 
axistenct"! for over twenty years. In 1)14 it was reorganiz- 
ed as the Killiaasp(»*t PhilharBK>nic Xusioal Society. Its 
object was "purely educational, to establish a permanent 
orchestra of fifty men capable of pc>rforains orchestral 
works of the masters." Offio<M*s ware K. E. Creamer, presi- 
dent, 8. P. Toung, vice-president, F. S. Stopper, secretary 
and treasurer, C, LsXoy Poulk, conductor. 

6 The Daily Gaaetts and aullotia, Daosa^ar 12, 13 JO, p. 1. 

7 Anne Linn Cheyney, "Jacqueline's Letter to the Home Polks," 

The willlaasport Sun, July IG, 1J32, n.p. 

d The Daily Gagette and Bulletin . March 5, 1314, p. 1. 

i& ;• 

,s»-irir. t*'?.-ir sntra 

"^fitirsifp'-nafv .■%t- 


Tlu*««» orcheatraa which wero formed in 1890 andl 
1891 » all of which had short lives, were th« Star, th« 
Xstropolitac and the Elite. 

The Star, or^nized in 1390, was oanaged tjy J. P. 
Langlois. It consisted of ten asobers with F. E. Haswell 
as leader and G. Bert Kepasz as auslcal diroctor. 

The Xetropolitan was formed June 16, 1831 with 
eight asabers. Manager Mas Aloysius Stopper; leader Mas 
Sylvester Vo-el. One of the organizers was W, Herdic Wood, 
a cornetist. Hr. t*food had studied with Xilton Repass and 
h&d been elected band aaster of the Repass Baad.^^ 

Tlie Blite Orchestra had John Hasel, the celebrated 
cornetist, as aana^or and Gus Lcttan as leader. 

Althoufi;h those orchestras were sli or t -lived, never- 
theless they were known to be cig^le of filling any 
•agageaent and "rendering the highest class ausic."^^ 

An orchestra which appears to have gained swift 
enco near the turn of the nineteenth century was the 

9 Xe^inaess, p« 372« 
10 LlojTd, Iliotory of Lyconin^ County. Pennsylvania . 

▼ol • I, p, 44G. 

XI Xe^'lnness, p. 372. 

12 The Daily Gasette and Dullctin . Special Centennial 
Edition, June, ICJJi, p. 5i, 



v»t-»':*r, art"- tL/f fiilt ni^.f.r. Tinan ?.'pnt 


L«tt«a«CiMVP«ll Orohastra. It wis oreanlseU in April, 130S, 
Within two nontlui tti« iprwip had "won the hearts of masio- 

loving siMple - not only with their Musical oxcellenco but 

with their pleasing aannors and uesiro to please." 

0r8aaiSM*s were Gustave Lettan, the loader, and 
V. Scott Chappell, pianist and aaaagor. 

lb*. Lettan was iMca in Wiliiaasport. Be began to 
study the violin at the age of ten with his half brother, 
"Tiny" Stoj^per, an organizer of the St(^per and risk 
Orchestra. At the tiae he assuaed leadership of the Ixsttan- 
ClM4>pell Orchestra as a young aan in his twenties he had 
Just ooapleted a four-ycar ongagsaent at the opera bouso 
in Vilaiagton, Delaware. 

w. Scott Ch^ppell oaae to Hilliaasi>ort in 1375. Re 
had attended !)axter University of Ifusic at Friendship, 
AUsgheay County, I7ew York. He idontifiod hiaself with 
Musical circlos here iaaediately. He uas pianist with the 
Stopper and risk Orchestra for fourteen years until he 
Joined with Mr. Lettan to fora the Lsttan-Chaiq^ll Orches* 

Other fine ousicians with this orchestra were V* 
Bardie wood, eornetist and Louis E* Beooe, clarinetist. 
f)oth of these aon were soloists with the Repass Band. Mir. 

la Ibid. 


■ ssii^rj. 


flood studied With Hilton RepasE and was olacttd h a nrt— 1« 
•r in 1J^)4. riQ MM inatructor of tha V«ifb«rr7 and Trout 

Run bands and oa« of tht organizers of ths Mstropolitan 


Orchestra. Mk*'. iri»se« Mas also with that group until both 

■sn Joiissd tho Lottan-Chappoll Orchoatra. 

Ab early aove of the orchestra and one which 
given special praise in press notices was the purchase 
of an extra sot of clarinets. This enabled then to fill 
•agageasnts desHMding either concert or international 
pitch. ^ 

Iflportsmt a8u>ng their aaay ensageaents were churok 
weddiags. The orchestra aet the deoAnUs of such occasions 
aost adalrably because of the ability of Kr. Ch^pell to 
taandlo a large church organ. Hs ted been organist six 
years at the First Presbyterian Church, five years at the 
First Saptist and five years at the Third Presbyterian. 

Lighter flKwents were also provided in the staaaer 
vhen the ^roup played in the evenings at the various porks. 
The little old steamboat that plied up and down the river 
carried passsagers to Sylvan Dell where "the Lettan- 
Chappoll Orchestra played the Blue Danube and all the 
other lovely old things while we dancod on tho dreadful 

14 Ibid . 

15 Ibid . 

16 Ibid. 

oan til oji 



platfora floor ."^"^ 


With the twentieth century aany other orchestras 

In 1901 Ffd E, Haawell organized an orchestra of 
about twelve players which bore his none. Hr. Raswell 
was foraerly a traveling solosaan for the n. S, Andrus 
Music Co. T. LoRoy Lyaaa was the pianist with tho group 
for aasf years* 

In 1902 the Haswell and Keece Orchestra was foraed. 
Boasting of having "several leading local ausicians in its 
personnell" tho group was "qualified to furnish ^ood rausic 
for all occasions." 

Aamig their eagagoaents one season were the seai- 
■onthly I. F. F. Club dance, the Golden Rod Club dance 
•vmry Monday night, the Tuesday evening dancing class, 

Enright*s seai-aonthly, the Howe building weolcly dances 

a P. 0. S. of A. banquet in Mont our svillo. 

Aaotlior early group was tho Fischler Orchestra. 

17 Aone Linn Cheyney, "Jacqueline's Letter to the Hoae 

Polks," The Williaasport Sun . Au«;u8t 2), 1927, a. p. 

18 The Daily Gaaette anci Bulletin . IToveaber 2 ;, 1902, p. 5, 

19 Ibid. 

..; J »-, 


It took its BMM from its first Uiroctor, Cbarlss Fischlor. 
ar* Fischlar left Killiatswport la 1904 to fill aa oa^a^o- 
asat playing ia Atlaatic City.^^ 

Two ottier orchdatras tMariac tti« oooo Haoce wore 
aotiva in tlia first dacaao of lbs oanttary. Ona was diroct* 
ad by Lawis Vaaoa. Porniahing tumic in the evenlnga at 
tho Vallaaioat pavilion, this fiproi^ was made up of oesabcro 
of Lawis Vaaoa*a faaily, Lawia playad clarinet, bia father 
playad violin, and his two sisters played piano. 

A oousin of Lewis, Horold Vaaoa, organised his own 
srolMstra ia 1904, Ra bau jtist sroavrntoa from the local 
Idgh sabool libera ha haA written his class song. Hr. ifocco 
was also a aaaber of the choir of Christ Episcopal Church 
ana later of Trinity iSpiscopal Church where his brother 
J sss yh was srasnist. His siotbor iMid UngM ausio at Back* 
nell University. 

Playiag for parties ant aaall affaira tho orchestra 
enjoyed soocess for abont six years* Maabars other than 
Harold, who direct e^l and played piano, wars Oloncho Rich* 
arda, and Gdward Linoh, first violins, Killian Jordan, 
•eosad violin, Aaer Ilartaan, viola, Rarry Hartaaa and 
itiaas Barry ICrape, * cello, and JTaaes Linch, flute. 

ao The Daily Gasatte and Bulletin, July C, 1904, p. S. 

r r; 

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la! • 

v1«UiiJ *./. 



Th« c«lobrated cor net let , Jolm BassI, diz*ect«l aa 
orob«0tr» Mhich used his objm* This ^oup played f«r 
lUinciIng srotaiK! IQlo at the Arlingtoa nsnclng Acadssor Mhioh 
WAS opATstsd by John IkC—, The fire Mhioh destroyed tbs 
L99Wiiii£ Opera House also destroyml the Aoadsay, putting 
■a sad to tlw orc}io8tra*s activities. 

Oas of Villlafl^port*s aost popular damco orcfcsfg— 
of the early twoatieth coatury was tiM Airdoae Orohostra 
led by David H* Gerry, a trumpeter of renonm, who also 
■aoassd the AirUotte, This mm a new danolag pavilion 
erocteu uy Talontine Lupp«*t at the south end of the IfMlest 
Street iarid^ie. Oanclac was on joyed every night except 
Tuesday* On Tuesdays hand concerts were held in arsadon 
Park* Featured dances were the ton^o, the besitatioa and 


the ooe«>step. 

Older residents can rocall hyBOoe years ulien Gorry*s 
Airdoae Orohestra providod the siwical sottinc for the 
annual "nanaent," a charity danoo held in the hallrooa of 
the old Parte Hotel on Christmas aftornoon. Considered 
quito the faahionahlo affair for tho city*s olito, the 
Dansant was hold froat two to fivo o'clock, attracting 
huodrsds 9t daaoers. Profits from the daaos vers givoa to 

21 The ^ical Enterprise . July ID, 1314, n.p. 


.*. -n trsJ: 




the KllXUMiport Hospital. PoIlOHlag tiM DBSsant the orch* 
••tra traveled to the wiiiiaaaport Country Club to provide 


daaoe auaic ChriatJHie ni^^ht. 

Early aeribare of Hr, Gerry's orchestra were Henry 
Keller, violin, Pan Thoaas, piano until 1919 aad than 
T. LeBoy Lyaan for the rwtaining years, Al Bidet, clarinet, 
Fred Staih, troahooe, Vtmak. Haaasr, druas, and Talentine 
("Ti.iy*) Hicrlo, saxophone and vocalist* 

I6*« Gerry was a prosdnent fi^^ure in city political 
circles as wsll as a ansioian* He vos city treasurer two 
terms* Ris influence and proaineiice Mon hia the leader- 
ship of the Deaocratic i>arty in LycMdi^ County, lie playod 
solo truapet in the Repass 9aad sad bs«aae its director 
for a tiae. In 1^22 he helped Sfvanize the Elk's Band as 
its first director. He also directed the laporinl Tste* 
Ques for ten years. 

Later Vt, Gerry enlarged his orchestra into a Jass 
io raph o a i s group capable of playing concert as wall as dance 
aasic. One of the largest crowis ever to assesfele in 
Iw u i i s u fark iMard Garry's Orchestra in a concert in 1326. 
Excerpts froa li Trovatore aoil ffsaai ware exceptionally 
well done according to press notices. Soloist of tho 

22 viiiiaasport Sm«Gaaette . Dsoslbsr 84* 1955, p. 2. 

23 Ibid. 



evening was *Tiny" Hierle, a local baritone, who had 

rscantly returned froa a season sint^inx; in ?Utzi , 

After a span of about fifteen years the group dis- 

faaaded in 1J30. A few years later Hr. Gerry moved to 

Knoxville, TennsMwe, whore he died. 

LATER TuanriEni csRutr oroups 

Around 1917 and into the nineteen-twenties thept 
was an influx of bi^ naae beusds which case to the Araory 
on Pine Street for public dances. Fred Waring, Jim 
Shields and his Mason Dixon Elcvon and others gave iflQ>etus 
to local liusicians to fora orchestras or to incorporate 
new ideas into those already existing. 

Two popular local orchestras at this time were the 
Logue suid Straight and the Van-Askey orchestras. 

The Logue and Straight Orchestra filled nuaerous 
in and outsiUe of Killiaosport , playing at 

aocknell University and The Pennsylvania State University. 

A forerunner of tho Van-Aakey was a group known as 

Rsd sod Qis Happy Six. This group was under the direction 

24 Gazette and Bulletin . July 15, 1J25, p. 6. 

25 KilUaasport Sun -Gazette . Cccoaber 24, 1965, p. 2. 
2G The Hueical Enterprise . April 29, 1314, n.p. 

«f Cterloa (R«d) ktUcmf, It hsxb faraad arounu 1JX7 aft«r 
tt*. Airicey ted teftrU «nd asaoolated with tOM of lb« 4aao« 
baads at tte Araory. Thia naa th« first tiat the local 
■naidaaa \mA tearu saxophones uaoti la a ^iaaes orchtatra. 
It proaptsd tbea to try to achievs tha aaaa plaaslog effect. 

Poralntf the Ibg^ty Six were Georga Lewis, piano, 
Paul Knauff, violin, Oacar Wagner, troabone, Jaaaa Bsavar, 
teajot Xicteel Caaale, saxophone*, am! Hed Aidcey, drum. 

At the aaaa tiae aaether orchestra tmder the direct* 
ion of Ccurl Yaodorsloot was on Joying wttm popularity. 
Since aoae of the pMVoenel of theae ti«o ^oups were the 
aaae they decided to aet^e under tha aaas of Van-^Askey 
■ovelty Oroheatra. Aa accusatioa ted teaa aade against 
Red and His Oappy Six of takiog tte aatts of a Kow York 
group iQMMi as Terlces* B^ppy Six. 

Tte new daaoa band ted aa aetive life firosi 1918 to 
1922. Being of consi<3erable size tbsrs were aooetiaes as 
asuiy as five units froa this orchestra perforaiag in one 

After the 7an«4j|tej Oroteatra diabaadad Xr. Aakey 
received and aooepted an offer froa Paul Speck, a Saw Torle 
racmrdiag artist, to play with one of his units. 

other orchestras of the ninetuon twenties 
the Lagloaairea directed txy Blosr L. Diehl and Oabomo 

-ji »»mD A»' 

Koaseli« Dance Band. Thoy 8U{>plle(l (lanc« onaslc arotmd 
town, in Xhm theaters ttiui in th« Mnnrial Park daaclng 


It was in the nineteen twenties that Villiaawport 
rose to fame in the dance ImukI world with Dave HarsAB aad 
his orchestra. 

An aluMBttS of the University of Pennsylvania, Dave 
laraan started in 1^20 with a saall group of six men. With* 
in four years his orchestra was raiflEed one of the three top 
bands in the country with Paul hMteaan and Fred Waring. 

Original aeirtters of the ImuiU in 1923 ware Jaaos 
SsaevsTp banjo, George Hachaoer, saxophone, Jao^s Barry, 
banjo, George Lewis* piano, and Dave llaraan, troa2>one. 
Vithin a year others had been added including Paul Knauff , 
Joe Tannucoi and Huss Qrownlee, saxophones, John Tiobcrtson, 
brass, Charles Touog, violin, Frank noClroy, tuba, and 
Miles Jacobus, druas. Gsorge Lewis and Joe Tanaucci wars 
the arrangers. 

Others froa Williaasport who wars asabers of Dave's 
orchestra at one tiae or another include Fred Wetzel, Dill 
wydar and T h oaas Levering. 

Baraan aade ausioal history with his renditions of 

27 Grit , July 10, 1366, Jlews Section, p. 3. 

lUl Sec You In «? Dreqao , Wlio'a Soriv riow . oua If You 
| ^>t Lov» H ft. Stop !)oi„.^in« !to Arounu. 

From 1320 to 102 J tho oami played regularly for 
Oaaoas at tba Daoao daocing hall. Local ad above the 
Kayatonc Theater on Third Street, thia i«aa a popular apot 
yii»»g the younger set of those days. Dance oogaceoMiiits 
ware also filled in other tot/ns throughout Penaaylvania, 

Tba hard work and long hours apent in rohoarsal 
proved vortHwUile «hen in 1924 opportunity for bi^j^ger 
things arose, A song plugger who haU coao to town heard 
the bond. He tooic thea to Hew York City and helped thoa 
to 4;et a booking in the faaed Cinderella Ballrooa. They 
■pant two very auccoasful years there alternating with 
the Molvoriae aand of Chioago, an outstanding juzz band of 
that <^ay whose reo^nla are now collect or s» itooia. 

It was tho ultimte goal of every orchestra in thoss 
days to record. The difflcultios wore great in beoooing 
associated with a recording coapsny* However, Oavs Bar- 
iMn*s Orchostra did a sizable asKyunit of recording for 
■dison, Coluabia and Oennett, a subsidiary of Victoi% ( It 
is Interesting to note that at tliat tiae T h s w ss Cdison 
persooally passed on ovory record coaing out of his labora- 

t(»*i08« ) 

DiB*iag 1J25 and 1920 the orchestra ployed in anny of 
tho loading cities of the east, appearing in such plaess as 

icd«ii ooc^ 



the Haillaoa Gorclens in Tolodo, OhiOi Dancaland la Phila- 
delphia, the Outterfly Ballroon in Springfield, Xassachu- 
^tts, DoocolatKl in Cleveland and Land o* Danco in Canton, 
Ohio. Oa Mie occaaion FSranlcie Carl oubstitutod in the 


It is intoroatinc that the OanBa Banc operated aa 
a cooperative group, all earnin^^s belag split evenly 
aaoa«^ the aaabera* 

aadk in that day of oryatal aeta Baruan*8 band tna 
one of the first ever to broadoaat. It Maa from KESk 
which Maa opened in 1^19, Later they appeared over 
atatioaa HQR, lOSAP, WJZ aod othera. Playing at aany of 
the hig univeraitiea of the eaat, the aouth and How Cnc* 
land, the bond waa a regular feature at hooaa partiea at 
■any of theae institutions. 

Aa tiae went on the personnel changed until diariag 
the years i:>29 and 1931 the only original awabers loft 
were George Lcwia and Dave narnan. 

Under the new aaaageaent of the Orchestra Corpora* 
tion of Aaerica Saraan'a tand contiaiiad to play at loading 
hotels throughout the country. Other eagageaeats to(^ 
thea to such placea of note as the Evoryladea Club and tho 
Kentucky Club in law York, the Piccadilly Club in Phila- 
delphia, the Steel Pier in Atlantic City and Conveatian Qall 
in Aabury Park. They appeared for a year at the Rainbow 

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'Jjt^ Vi'^rUVRffit J. Jr. 


C«f« In Miami. Wh«n Vincent Lopez opened the Euclid Gar- 
den in Cleveland Har«»an*8 orchestra followed hia. 

Xaay one night standi aade it a strenuous routiie, 
■•■bsrt recall being notified after the close of a Uance 
•ngageaent in Philadelphia that they were to leave Ittnedi* 
ateiy for Kansas* The trip waa aade in a STew Jersey sight- 
seeing bus. Members also re«e«ber nuaerous times when 
Tewir ancl Jiaaqr Horsey used to sit in with Dave's band. 

For several years tUe aeabers of the band contributed 
to a special account which, when sufficiently built up, was 
used to purchase gold instruments. All were proud of the 
fact that only one other band - Fred taring's - pos«e»«aU 
such instruaents. When the band disbanded these were kspt 
as fitting msasotoes of a glittering past. 

JOE TAinnK:cx 

Those who attended high school in the late nineteam 
twenties anc early nineteen thirties remember the thrill 
of dancing to the auslc of Joe Vannucci»s Orchestra. Al- 
though death cut short what would undoubtedly havs been a 
brilliant career, Joe Vannucci is remeaibered as one of 
Killiamsport»s hvaX among jazz musicians. 

Following his Mother's wishes that he be a drugj^ist 
Jos matriculated in 1921 at Penn State where he became a 
member of the famous Blue Band. There he forced a friend- 


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ship with Fred Waring who was also a student. The two 
of them organized a small group and played around the 
vicinity of State College. Joe's main instruments were 
the clarinet and saxophone, although he was able to play 
many others. 

In time music prevailed over all other studies, 
and Joe's mother withdrew her objections to his following 
a musical career. 

In 1923 Joe left school to join Dave Harman's 
Orchestra which was gaining widespread fame. He remained 
with him until 1926 during which time he played and did 
much of the arranging. Many of his arrangements were 
published and recorded. 

In 1926 he left Dave Harman's Orchestra and later 
that year formed his own. Many of his orchestra were 
those who had been with Dave Harmian's early group. They 
played throughout Pennsylvania. In demand particularly 
at the colleges, they established a wide reputation as one 
of the leading dance orchestras of the state. 

Unfortunately in the middle nineteen thirties Joe 
contracted the illness which was to prove fatal. Forced 
to give up his work he was confined to bed. In spite of 
suffering, however, the urge to write continued within him. 
>Iany times in the middle of the night his family would find 
the light burning in his bedroom. Joe would have taken out 


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tin pad froa under his pillow ami would be w*itins« 

■• diod in 1936 at tbt a^a of thirty-four leaving 
a gap difficult to fill in tha hearts and aaaoriea of 
those who know hia and listened to his ausic. 

onns wscan dahgi crgbsstras 

During; the aiddle nineteen thirties the Sunset Park 
Pavilion was the soeno of aany re^^ilarly scheduled Uancos. 
Vvr a few seasons George Lewis' Dance Orchoatra held forth 
four or five nights a week. Ceocga tMMl bsaa pianist and 
arrant/er with Dave Harnan and later played with Joe Taanu- 
cci. Basldea his regularly scheduled engagements George 
also iKKdced aany nase bands idilch drew capacity crowds 
fron t'illiaavort and outside ths city* 

Copitolinns were x>roainont at this tine also. 
Taking; their naae from the Capitol Theater utioro th^ 
played, they furnished auslc for oany dances and special 
occasions throughout the aroa. 

Vith the nineteen forties a aew orchestra anMMursd 
on the scene having as its nucleus a ^^oup of boys who had 
played together in the high school band aiMl orchestra. 

L e a der Gerry Kehler had hopes durin4; junior hi^ 
school days of soae day having his own dance band. Two 
years later in 1943 he, Dill Seitaer and Roy Griess foroed 

Ml orchestra to play for daiioas at th« Tean Cantaan whan 
It orlginataa, Tb« orchestra haa coatinuou to play alnca 
than for tha eaater latar knoim at Baziuy Uaven. 

Otbar aaabers wbo jolnoU tha orohostra later on 
•ra OmM Broag who laft to Join tha Air Force in 1953, 
Earl Willia«a, the orcheatra'a huaiaesa aanagar, Dick 
Spotts, Jerry Tietbohl, Larue Zellers, Ernie Xitcheltreo, 
Bill hfright and Johnny Killer. Tbata aan all have pro- 
faaaiooa other thaa ausic. In contraat to orcheatras of 
earlier <iayd they are not dependent t4>on auaic for a 
living. 23 

The hand plays for nany high school and college 
4a»ces in the area. It plays frequently at Lycoaing 
College y Bttcknell, Penn Stato, Look Ilaven and Blooosburg. 
It has also playod at the state laurel festival in Wells- 
boro for several yaars. 

Another conteaq)orary band itfiich has been gaining 
steadily in popularity in recont years is that of Johnny 

Joteoj was a ninth grade student when ha aaide his 

2 J Grit . August 21, 1JS5, Haws Section, p. 14. 
2Q Ibid . 
30 Ibid. 


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'V-^^ii-^'J ct>«^r- .',vi-'^e 


first public appearaac* at tb« Xtdtfies* Sing of A«0wt, 
134S. !• taftd alr«ikdy b««ii pla/irti^ tho piano for G«rry 
K»hler*9 Orohcstra and also had a part tiaie Job playiof 
for a local dancing studio. It ms at tho roquost of 
JtHfor Loo Ifill ipi.n9<Mi tlmt Johnny got together thro* of 
his tr i9mlm to plar vith hia at tho Sing. 

9rtm that tl«« on tho grosp vtajod together incroas* 
iag tlw sMaborsliip to six. Early m uto W B troro Wayne Pack- 
ard and Davo Phillips, saxophoao, Jcrtuuiy Rtea, tn»pet, 
Xiekey Caaalo, dnaat, and Mkry DiXareo, vocalist. Johnny 
playoU tho piano. 

Tha only one of the original atiri>ers with tho pros* 
oat hand is Wayao PMlcara. Othors of tho prosont group 
aro Mart Dillons, Xiko Allogrucci, sax^>honos» Charlio 
Borgor, truapot, Jiaay Bubb, bass, Blanchard Burkhart, druas 
and Toaaio Sinibaldi, vocalist. 

Equippsd with a fine trailer tha orchestra raaintains 
a bui^ s<^odale covering a radius of over two hundred niloo 
in this state and in ifow Tork. Collegos, country clubs 
•an private parties provide ths oaln oourco for saBsgaasnts. 


sTxreomr orcbcshas 


Xa Xny of IdlS lunaipApM* iMadlines oarriad th« words, 
"Sya|>hoiiy Qrohoatra Undo a Sit." THa nl^jiht before, on nay 
twantlatb, willlaaaport*s first igrflffeaiqr orehastra had 
aada its initial appaaronoe in concart in the ewditoritMi 
of the higb school. Ths aawapapar account coatimtad with 
words of Praia* for a "^laadiu ooocart" with "iaost uiffl* 
oult works plaarwl in finished style. «^ 

A foreword on the evening's progron stated tha 
purpose of the organization, "to a a qq nrage the study and 
perforaanoo of the biehar orchestral faros of auoic aad in 
presoatiae their profiraa, to incraaaa in this cownmity the 
appreciation and uaderstaodiag of soob ausic,**^ 

Tha following prasraa was praaaated under the 
direetiaa sT E. Rart Bagbaat 

1* Harch • "Sakoczy" ~— — ——— Ci 

2. Ouafiarian Luat spiel -.i^.-.*.^. Seler-Oela 

3. Surpriae ^raphony ~.— .«•«—«.•.. iiayiln 

4. (a) Asa's Daatii frosi "?oer Gyut Suite" 


1 Tiio wiiiiaasport Sun, May 21, 1316, p. 1. 

3 ProfflPiMi of The hiUJaasport Swioiway Orcheatra. Hay 20, 



(b) niuKir«iko — .— .—M—- ™ Dvorak 

(c) HuHj^ariaa Diuic« Ho. 5 ~ Brahas 

5. (a) Intwattsso froa asULlet "Haila* 

(b) Csartios froa aallet "Coppolia** 


6. Overt iir« - "Rayaond" ™— ~ TIumhis 

of the orchestra wero tlio follawia^i 

First Violins 

aw. A. £• ate3c«r 
Hr. Rogr Foalk 
Xr. H. L. S^ttllttr 
Xir* Rmiainir DaWitt 
9b>« Aadraw Stoppw 
Xr* w« L. Jacobs 
llr* Vt B. Jordaa, Jr. 
Xr. B. E. Riobarus 

iftr. CliarXes Youog 
ttr. Barnr Kaa«flan 
Xisa B« M. Rothrusa 
ttUlo H. Casnor 
Hiss H. K« Start 
Hiss Eliaabeth Trs^xp 
Slaa fiXai« Pott 
Mau B. H. Bataa 

Saoood Tiolios 
Hir. y* ffiarla Mr. R. L. rctara Hi*. iRradk aoy« 

n*. n. G. Bedford Hr. Ed. Lloyd !fr. Lewis M^ers 

tt>« 0* Soaaol Iffm Joe Xaloaajr ftr* X* Palaar 

tt*. C* L, nrit£ Hv, C. L. Vfera Xlaa E. Long 

Xias r^liaabeth Stopper 


Wm V« E. Creaoor 
»• r. Vierle 
Mr* S» Siial4iart 
tt*. P. Craaaer 
Xr* K« F« Allon 

Mr. £• mark 
Xr* 0* X. Puraaa 
Xr. S. R* XeyHart 
Xr« C* n. Haod 

Xr* 0* Stopaar 
Xr* w* B* XetiMreU 
Mr* Killiaa Heebnor 
Xr* B* F* BaMi 

Xr* H« Bernardi 
Mr. E. Oalleti 

xr. C* L* BuasQtt 

Trumpet a 
3ir* C. X^er 
Xr* M. stopper 

Vlraa^ Bonia 
Mr* L* 0* LaBelle 
Xr* H* Xclntire 

Xr* P. Staib 
Mr* D* Baraaa 
Mr. S. Wsiditel 

i»d9« ^iimrSl 





Flu t OS TolHl 

Mr. C2iArl«s r. Shioxas Mr. J. R. Sayticr 

lb*. H. LjnMB 

OIMM Vt. Chas. Fowler 

tt*. A. hUii 

ftanll DruB and Traps &m« Crua aod Cyaibals 

yfr, P* S. BasMier »• A, V. Soq^ar 

Offlc<u*9 of t tie orspanixation which support ttd ths 
orcbs^stra ware Mr* Bdear Hunson, pr«siaent, }^» P. E. lUii* 
son, vico prssidftat, Hr. S. J. 9ta/dHiiU.«ii« ssorstary and trsas* 
«rsr and ST. w, a* Jordan, Jr., assistant saeratary aatt 

"^ TtM suecossful roalisation of a local srsphooy or 

cb&8tra was nada possible by tho efforts of its oondoctor, 
£• Bart Oiagbso. Hr. aiagbss, a fins violinist, bad coae to 
Williaasport in 1909. Hs opcnad a violin studio at 4 Oast 
Third Street in Horizet Square, the foraer Ulaaa Opera Hooas* 

Sam in Jaiacatoim, Haw Tork, Mr. Bu^bee gained pro- 
ficiency early in his violin study. At thirteen he joined '"^ 
Aathooy Iratt's orchestra in a vaudeville circuit around 
ChautaaqiiBt 9ew Tork. A year lator ho had his oio hand in 
a resort theater at Celeron, Vew Tork. 

Before coapletin^ hiffh school ho ontored the Aoori- 
Instituto of Applied ?{uoic in Sew Tork City in 1305. 

3 Ibid. 


if tV6»- 



Kapid proigr««8 brought hta opportualiloe to substitute for 
rsgttXar violinists in the STsw York Sgtiftnny OrcUcstr 
tiM Ssw Tark PliiltenMmic Orchestra. lie playod on those 
occasions ttader ths baton of Arturo Tosoaoini, wait ctr 
DMTOsch, Bruno K'alter, Gustav HshXsr ana others. Aftor 
eo«in4i to h'illiautport he coatinuou violin study with tho 
late frmiz Xaeisel of the intornatlonally faiaous ISneisel 

Otsrins the next few years he developed classes for 
strings and wood««lnd8» hoping that soaa day they ^i^ht 
play togslOier in cm orchestra. Kuch individual work was 
dsM at first. Pupils wore not poraitted to enter an en- 
•eable class until th^ wore able to keep up with the class. 
Such a gsal provided so auch enthusiassi that oftea tho boys 
had to stand dtirine rehoarsals duo to the lack of available 
cdiairs. Rehearsals were held at the Y. w. C. A. two ovo- 
ninjifS a week. 

The 8Qf)Vho<V orchestra was active for about ten 
y«ar8, contributiag p'eatly to ths MWioal culture of ths 
city. World War I presented aany obstacles to its oontin« 
uanoe because of the enlistaents of aany of tho aeobera. 
8o«e of these enlisted in the ailitary and naval baods of 
the United Statos. 

4 Grit. Soptcabar 4, 19SS, !?«ws Section, p. 10. 





In 1913 th« orchestra was oa© of only thirty-»evon in the 
country vdiich reaaiaed froa avor two humirca dinllar groups 

•xistini; in 1917. 

series of concerts ifsrs given by the orches* 
tx'a each season, Soastiaes guest artists were included on 
the prosrnm. Oa one such occasion the Cretarion Quartet of 
Wiliiaasport isndo its firot appsarancc before the public. 
IBlMtinri of the vocal iproxxp were >Ir. and HTs. Leon Abbot 
Boffaeister» ?Cis3 Sara L. Bsrnlncer and Dr. J. h', Jackson. 
Jlt9, E. Hart Biigbee was the occonponist. They were received 
v«ry enthusiastically by the audlsace as they sang operatic 
in Italian. For several years this quartet enjoyed 

aa enviable reputation. 

Besides the concerts of the rsgular series the 

orchestra also £avo special prognuMl. One of these ias 

hold in the First Presbyterian Church in the winter of 1917. 

Having had a very successful indoor festival there by the 

Ecpasz IkuKl the year before, people were eager to repeat 

mch a prograa. The event oaae up to the expectations of 

all with a capacity audience in attendance. An eight 

ainute seraon was delivered bf the pastor on **Religion and 

3 The WUllaasport Sun . January 31, 1D18, p. 3. 
6 Ibid. 

•w ;: 

.4t. 'i^^^ :' ---^ du; . \E!i 

.; teciia« ii£JUd[2. -.T'id;;«MCic agj i: 



Art" and "on ataosphero of iiO<xS uature and Inforaality 

Oealdes th« Willia-'asport Symphony Mr. Bugb«e organ- 
ised slAllar iiTOups In Elalra, Danville and Hilton, with 
r^iearaals held for all the orchestras once a week. 

In tbe ninetoen-thirties Hr. Bugbeo conducted the 
WPA Orchestra. He considered this croup one of the finest 
he ever had. J<^ux Bssel uss the arranger. After that he 
revived the loccO. Syophony. 3otb croups lasted until 


early 1^4G. 

!b*« Qugbeo also conducted the Elks Chorus for about : 
airtcoa years. In 1983 he resigned this post to take 
cliori^e of the Elks aand after John Robartson's death. 

Although he conducts local lausical groups Mr. 3u£boe 
tsdaar plays his violin only for his own enjoyaent in his 
hoae. With his wife as accocq^nist ho still plays the 
concertos of Hendelssohn, Xozart, Saint-Saons and others. 

IBB nasBsn civic sykpuohy orchestra 

In 1M7 in response to nutaerous requests on the part 
of local ousicians and nusic patrons, the hTilliaosport 

7 The Williaasport Sun . Februar-'' 12, 1317, p. 7. 

8 Grit . Septsaber 4, 1D55, Hews Section, p. 10. 

^3^ V ,• am t .*\/ ■ « / " »•; ^y% 

' -A 1 « A a «r ^ 



fi«< t»qt^-. 


School lUstrlct conducted a survey to d«teraioe tte iaterost 
of pcopXo in th« foraation of a ^faphony orchestra. rinUing 
tha results vory favorable, the school board decided to 
wpwimor the project as a feature of the Adult Bdtuoation 
Pro0ra«. All equipsMnt was to be provided hgr ths school 

district. The prioAry swurpose mss '*to provide a aeans of 
■osical expression for the orchestra's MSfliborship." 

On February 24, 1047 the first rehearsal was held 
at the high school with about one hundrsd acabers under 
ths direction of Osborno IIousol. 

Although those who heard the first season's conc(H*t8 
Mere eatlMisiastic, local civio-ainded ausic lovers realized 
tbs projset needed aoral support. Sons incentive beyond 
playing for their own onjoyaent i«ui nesdsd to hold the 
orchestra together. 

Oae day Xr. Frank Zeigler and Xr. Bousel dsterainsd 
to do soaethins about it. A soall grottp aet at Xr* Zsiglor's 
house. Out of their plans the Williaaivort Syophony Society 
Mas f ora e d . Their purpose tm* to seeitt*s patrons fen* t!ie 
concerts aod to assist the orchestra In any way possible. 
Officers elected were viiiiaa R. Winn, president, Killis C. 
Dice, vice president, :¥rua C. Keefor III, secretary, and 
Aaae Gllaore, treasurer. Tihe board of directors wsre f1:*ank 

9 The vfilliaasp<»rt Sun, February 14, 1947, p. 1. 


l«i|jl«r, Xrs. Mary L. Keliher. Walter G. Mclvor, Erich 

Springer, George L. Stearns II, Clyde F. Kllllaaaon, 

Lmmmr^ Witzeaan and Xr. Houael. 

The newly inspired orchestra opened it« first 
sponsored season on Noveaber 30, 1343, with Louise Edler 
as concertaeister. They used as their saajor selection 
Hayun«s Surprise ^yaphony as did their forerunner of 

thirty-three years i>efore. Kazel Dorey and Xary Kusseil, 

local duo pianists, appeared in two ijroups. 

Many and varied occupations are represented in the 
orchestra's personnel. Ministers, doctors, businessnen, 
aeehanics, housewives, office workers, school teachers and 
students froa the iaaediate city and the surrounding 
sections of the West Branch Valley are aeabers. 

Potir or five regular concerts have been presented 
each season either in the high school or the Stevens Junior 
High School auditoriua. 

Hany nationally known artists have appeared as guest 
soloists through the years includini; the Rabinofs, Aaron 
Bosand, Hortense Monath, Dorothy Sarnoff, Doris Doree, Uta 
Graf, Louis Kichardo, Hugh Thoapsoa, Ruth Slensczyns a 
and others. 

10 Grit, Noveaber 28, ls»48, 5few» Section, p. 1 and p. 64, 

11 Ibid. 


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,»£•# ljiftlt9«li 

tf "'"t'T. ' fifths ffB r!lMi# 

rtA»*«A ,»'>i',-'>rf#t?r ev 9ilt itsno-rift tttiolon 

ri bom. i .4 ,iioitd»lB »w»V ,«*ei i«rti'sv«: r OX 


Itony local people anU «oa« from nearby towas haw 
also haci the opportunity of appearing with th« orchestra. 
AAong thes« hav« b«on Elizabeth Viaceat, soprano and Knily 
Earon, contralto of Lock. MAVaa» Donald Freed anci Russell 
Xiller, violinists, Elizabeth Sias, contralto, 1^'ich 
Springer, pianist, and ICazel Dorey and Xary Russell, duo 
pianists, of Williaasport. In the 1056-57 season Fredericlc 
Snell and Mary Russell played concertos with the orchestra, 
Mr. Snell'a playing of the Concerto Gregoriano for organ 
by Pietro Yon occasioned the first presentation of this 
concerto with orchestra in Williaasport. 

Donald Freed was a asaber of the orchestra and 
served for a tlae as concert aeister. He was supervisor of 
elsaeatary ausic in the Killiaasport School District. ^. 
Freed had started his violin study with Osborne Housel at 
the a{ie of seven. He graduated with honors froa neut 
Chester State Teachers College. After throe years in the 
Araqr Air Corps where he received the Distinguished Flying 
Cross he finished his Haster's Degree at the Pennsylvania 
State University, 

Russell Hiller had appeared locally in recitals 
previous to this tiae. He had played benefit concerts for 
the Red Cross and the Surgical Dressings League. Kr. 
Miller had started violin at the age of eight with Osborne 
Housel and continued with Florence Dewey at the former 


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Dickinson Junior Colle«ie. H« attomlod tIM ft*n««t Williaas 
Seliool of Xusic on a scholarship sftsr Mhlch he grsdustsd 
froa the JuilliarU School of Husic. After four yoars' 
ssrvios in ths United States Wavy he Jointed the Vew Orleans 
SyvpiMny Orchestra. Later he returned to Juilliard to 
eoMplete his Master's Degree. After three years of teach* 
lag at Buclcnell he left to join the sausic faculty of Korth 
Texas State College.'*'^ 

Elizabeth Sias, ausic Instructor at Curtin Junior 
Hi£h :>chool has appeared as soloist innuaerable tioes 
throughout the esanmity. She graduated froa the local 
schools and West Chester :i»tate Tsaohers Collego. She is 
prsadnent in ausic circles of the city. 

Srioh Spriati;er had been a resident in ^illiaasport 
only a siiort tijM. Be was oorn in l*ra£U6, Czchoslavokia, 
aa4 iMid bsen a recognised concert pianist in burope. He 
warn deeply interested in the civic orchestra. He devoted 
ouch tine and effort to th«^ work of the Synphony Society 
serving as its president for two terms. 

In addition several youny artists were selected 
through auditions to appear with the orchestra. These 
incltided Ann Ross, Sylvia Soloiaon, Jane Keyto Landan, 
Cora Sue Canning, pianists, anU Kichard Casqpbell, basoon* 
ist, of WilliajBSport . Others were Jano KoIIjhui and Horris 

12 WilliaAsport Sun«Gazette . December 24, 1355, p. G. 

13 The Williaasport :>ua , Jsuiuary J, lJ4d, p. 11. 




i^vf ere-< ovsb 


LAOdis, pianists, out-of-tovm studsnts stuuyiai; at Lytsoaiag 
Coll«g«, Martha TiaoMea of Altoona, vioiinist, and Rioliard 
Xsrrill of Hm{h«svill«, pianist. 

Thus the «,oaX of every young ausician to play a 
coacsrto with an (n*Ghe8tra mmi Mids a rsality for thssa 
budding artists. 

For a nuaber of years Toung Psoples* Concerts were 
pressnted annually. TTeld on Sunday afternoon these con* 
corts ware planned to appeal to youn^ people fron the 
fourth grade through Junior hi^. 

Ono of the aias of tho $ym)tMmy Society has been 
the misini:: of funds feu* the purpMs of laaklng attendance 
and scholarship SMards to aeabers of tho orchestra. TIm 
first annual anards prosraa was given Hay 3, 104 J. To date 
twenty-eight mich awards have heen aade. Recipients were 
in this way assisted in aeeting tuition costs at flmsio 
•oiiools. A list of the^ would include l^^astaian School of 
Xusic, Slew Rnc^land Conservatory of nusic, Oberlin College, 
Xaasfield State Teachers College, Pennsylvania State Uni- 
versity, Lycoming College and Ifew Torlc State's Tally-Ho 
Vwio Caa«>« 

Za addition to contributions froai aany individuals -" 
toward the scholarship fund Cavalcades of yftisic were hold 
tot several years to raise aoney for this purpose. A 
bonefit concert was also givsa on April 23, 1955, by the 

'B^" m 

Aom tnr 



miliaasport Plaao QoMrtttt. Four piaaos w«r« providod for 
ikm occaalon. Th« quartet waa cooprlaod of Hazel Doroy, 
MtfT Kuaaall, Dr. Vyor Soioaon ana i^lch Spriafcr. Thla 
Mas tha fourth appearance of the local group Mho tawL playad 
tttfathar far the fir at tlao on the Muaical Cavalcada of 
ld52. Aaalating on the pro^raa waa 3eulah Xclvary aaaso 
aoprano, with Jay Stenger aa acconpaniat. 

MMqr local people have Uavoted their tiae, ■naicol 
talent and service to K^^portini,' the civic orcheatra* It 
aaea» appropriate, however , to aontion two who cave out« 
ataodiiifi aarvice to the ^mphony socioty and wboa« Uvea 
were takon while they wore yet in their ;»*ljae, Wllliaai 
Dotwilor, a leader in the ouaical life of the co«aainlty» 
vtts especially helpful in eulciini; tho S y p b o oy Society in 
the early foraativo yoara. Basal Dor^ wmr^ed oooeaaingly 
to develop the relationahip betweeB the young pe^le of tho 
city anu the oroheatra* Through tar work with the Toung 
Peoplea' Concerts and hor naaatfaaent of student auditions 
aany young pe^le of the coaaauiity henofitted iaaaasurabl. • 

C<wMn1ng with the iviiliaMport Civic Choir and the 
Lyooaing College Choir to aake a group of two hundred fifty 
people the orchestra took part in two proaentations of 
'*''^*^** ^^••»i*fc c^t Christiaaatiiao of 1948 and 1943. An 
overflow audience of threo tbousaKt attended the first 
perforaaaee in the Capitol Theater. Soloist a were Gloria 



iiilsi.ifr ,>fr TVfii'i tivrf rtXjcmr. 

t-ifiu*.? ■••nr..*f f.' !:i-v-7aa satr 

tff r iit'itliit'ii' 

LanUoa, soprano* Dorottxy Br»ti({ht, contralto, Ealph Kthlcr, 
bariton* and Carl Hooro, tenor. Tha atcond p«rf<tt*]iaao« 

in tba bij£h aohool syaoaaiua with a capacity audience. 
Soloists ware Xary E« XcLucas, soprano, I::iisabeth Sias, 
contralto, Carl V. Xoore, tenor, and Daan Gross, barltomo, 

Tha orobsstra tias appaarad in the mmmr in tha 
Brandon ?ark bandaliell. One thousand people enjoyed a 
varied pro^^raa on a balogr night in the auMaer of 1356. 
The ataosphva was most relaxing a« faoiliaa and their 
children sat (m the benches or strolled aaK>ng the trees. 
(Bvaa ona of the aany (log» present aeaadared to the stage 

WMWrliW U« tail as he went froa the violin section to 

the 'cello section.) 

14 The HiUiaasport Sun, DaosMbsr 13, IMS, p. 9. 

15 Villiaasport Sun-Gazette, Juno 27, 1356, p. 4. 







la adUitioa to the larger orchestral organizations 
a nuflb«r of aaaller «i««»bla« have appoareu through th« 


A program at the First Jlaptiat Church in April, 1891, 
f«atar«<l tli« X«sart String Quartette with the follotfiag 
p«rsooa«lj Hr. Frank Steubgea, }(r, Craawr, Kr. Heller, 
Mr. Xrape with Miae* Abbie Crippen, orsanlst of tho church 
as pianist. Th« program was a testimonial to Kr. 
Steubgen, a violinist, for "his aaay kind 8orvlc«a in the 
nusic of the church,* 

During the years between 1027 anU 1929 E. Hart Bugbee 
9m& Osborne Housel had a string enseable of about forty 
players. Under the oaae Bugbee-Housel String Ensemble this 
group was composed of violin students anu others who played 
in the willlaasport and «ilton Symphony orchestras which 
Mr. liugbee directed, A most unusual and well trained 
OTftanization, this ensemble gave many concerts in Williams- 
port and out of town and played for ;jpecial services of 
various kinds. 

1 The Daily Gazette and bulletin . April 23, 1391, p. 5. 


.11: ; &4m ^^.u'tqjiC'sci «»£» 


la, Xb» oarly alMtota tMOtisii tlM ftraluis Trio dad* 
it a initial app«uranca. liaviiig b««n orgaaizod by Xls* Sa« 
ItfiMKly in aastfer to t^ roqueat of variiua woaeu*8 clubs 
for prdgTMWt tnia group haa contiaueU its existence to 
t!i« present da/» 

Orioioal g^aiinirQ wore Joyco Breinins Frooft, violin, 
JIarjorit Vsrailya L«ii.aaii, fluto, and Carol Siitt4l«y Evendsn, 
piano, Lat«r oa L9uis« Togt Cdl«r replaced Sis* ^reining 
as violinist, and M:\3. Lcliaan addsd th« aariaba on occasion 
for variety. 

With the death a few years ago of )&*•• LsluMui her 
hnibaxKi, Ernest Lehaan, a percussion artist trtio has been 
proalaMt with the various jsusical groups of the city, took 
her place in the trio. 

Haintaining a standard of excellent ausicianship 
down through the years the Brahas Trio is in constant 
deaand for banquets, wedding reoeptions and aany special 
proipraas throUjj;hout the city. 

With the opening in 1930 of Willianaport's first 
radio ataticm, MUK, a new string group was created. It 
consisted of Louise Togt Edler, Joyce Dreininj; Frooa, 
Ruth Shuler Docmorth, violinists, and Torothy Reece Srnat, 
piaaist. Porcod on the wpvof of the ooaent to give thea a 
aaae, the announcer, lb*. HoMard waldrmi, introduced tliea 


m •Ii4>^: 


Mi th« Siuglo* ViolifiS. TUo aam» Maa aUoptoU and iuw4 
throu^^hout a sariau of sixtoon woekly Itr oaUcast o . On each 
of these pro^aas a vocalist also appeared. Appearing 
with tba strings wsre Townssml Carroll, Robert Phillips, 
Thox&as Dahl£p:'en and Heory Fessler. 

In Uai tho t.U"ee violins were featured on concerts 
by the Xilton Syiaphony and the vt. P, A. Orchestras. Soon 
aftencards oarriages of the ^irls forced th«a to split up 
tbsir enseable. 

About twelve years after the Singing Tiollns iMroks 
up Louise Edler forta«d another trio known as the Singing 
Strings, Meflibers in addition to Hrs. Edler were Elizabeth 
aurnite, cellist, and Eva Orwlg, piaaist. Later on Wayne 
Hall replaced ?frs. !kirnite. This sjroup vns active for 
sevsral years furnishing ousic for dinners, recoptions and 
othor social occasions. 


.ija Mi^ 


«r»1 r«i 

csuFfm VII 


naadc ia •<»■• of tlM early churoha* wa« alUtd iqr 
tiM aoquieitioa of organs aft«r tne fir«t iialf of tiio 
ainet«eatli cetitory. 

kooords inaioatc tbai th<» first caui'ca orgaa eaa* 
to the ii«oona ?r*»<aytorlan Church ih 1351, U>c«t«a than 
at th« corner of UmtM^^t auai. Fourth Str««t«, th% prosoht 
•ittt of tho MmsoIc f«^^*, this church later baoaas 
kaowi as tiM Fk^si>^«rlao Ctatireh of tha Covenaat. Still 
later in 1324 a awger with th« Coatral Caurch f oraoU tha 
prasont Covanaat-Central Prashyteriaa Church. 

This early orgaa Mas built by John C. B. Standbridga 
of Philadelphia for |d20.00. The articles of agreeaent 
for its construction were entered into Vovaaber 7, 1360 
and tlM organ was installed Kay 2G, USl. Placed in the 
bsSk gallery it was heard for the first tiao at a coonunioi 
service June 1, 1351, with Adas K« Xabie as or^uiist. 

\\ A few years later in 1^65 this saae church purchasod 
a new or^jan at a cost of $2,500,a0 disposing of the old 
site at ISOO.OJ.^ 

warren L. liarrti, jaiato^ r of C avaaant-^Central Pregtytoriqff 

Church, ¥llHT^«tr^^, i^annajyivamiAr ia4Q*iJl> J . P» XJ« 

2 Ibid. 

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The oldost organ at 1X1 la existence in K'illiaBUiport 
is a Hook and Qastlngs organ at the Xulberry Street Ketbo* 
dist Church. Now electrified it was purchased for lia, 000.00 
and installed in 1372. T. LeRoy Lyswn astahlishod a Xoaa 
record as orijianist here froa 130C until his retireasnt In 
1969 with an absence froa 1<J23 to 1930 when he filled the 
sajM position at the Lycoaing Presbyterian Church. • 

Another early origan was in the Christ Eipiscopal 
Church. Located originally where the present laoanuel 
Bnuigelical United Brethren stands this church aoved to 
its present site at Fourth and If&ilborry Streets in 1369 
at which ti«e an organ was install od. 

In 1670 the Third Presbyterian Church installed a 
Harrison ort^an. This church was located on Moynard Street, 
the site of the present Christian Science Church, and was 
later known as the Central Presbyterian Church. 

Shortly after the St. Ooniface Catholic Church 
tmildiag was dedicated on April 19, 1875, an or^an was 
given to the church by the St. ?Iicholas ctMii^regation of 
Wilkas Barre. 

In 1376 the congregation of tho Trinity Episcopal 
Church left its original building on Vine Avenue, now occu- 
pied by the Sales Lutheran Church, and aoved to its pres- 
ent church which was built and given lay Peter Ilerdic. 
Along with the church an organ wua consecroteu. 




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;:5 «* 

f^cnn fft! nt 1 r^r:'-- 

, / Xr* T. L«Ko]r hytmn recalls that an orgaa factory 
existed In Williaaaport In the latter nineteenth century. 
Located on Anthony Streat the Guilder was Gottlieb Somaer, 
Re is creUituU with having built t!ie original organ of 
the First rt*u abyti^rian Church on the west side of Market 
street between Killow and Fourth Streets and that of 
St. Kark*s Lutheran Church. Others built by Hr. Somaer 
were those of the Third 4»treet KethoUist Church and Old 
Pino Strotit !i[ethouist Church located on the present Sears 
and Roebuck site. 




First neat ion of cliolrs» tholr laatlwrs and tbtlr 
■Alari«« Is foumi in sosie trustees* notes of ldS7 of tbs 
SscoxKl Presbyterian Church. Here we f InU that D« S. Andrus 
cn*i;anist, was allowed a Mtlary of $200,00 a year with the 
stipulation that he pay v^ of that the aaount assessed 
iH>oo his pew* A. K. Habie, loader of the choir, was givon 
a salary of $100,00 a year and was also assssssd for a psw. 
C. L. RsrriCk was given $75.00 a yoar as a acabor of ths 
choir, and "suitable ooopeasat ion" was to be aode to llfrs. 
Staf*lrweather, Hrs. notohiciss sad Miss Cassis HcCluro as 

choir asabers. 

Motive power for the organs of the early clays was 
not by electric current anu aotcn*, but by oanpower. There* 
for the sua of 125.00 Mas paid to the person whoso duty 
it was to puap the organ. 

Church choirs cooposod of several aenibers of one 
fsaily were quite the order of the day in the latter nine- 
teenth century. Colonel and Vr%* S. S« Starkweather and 
Mrs. Star!nireath4tt**s sister and her husband, Mr. and ?(rs. 
Linn Herrick aaoe up tho dioir at the Second Prosbytorion 

1 warres L. Marsh, History of Covenant -Central Prcsoytorian 
Church. H'liliaasport , ^enn9ylVBaia, 1:40-1350, p. IJ. 


.TOlttl'*,'^ ^: *l.; 

Ti .s*^ 'tuff 

> •Ai 

- :s affi vd fan tn«mno n 

■trlT.iss «»tr ',■•' 

Churcl) for a nuabor of years* 

KdooUttctions of soao of tb« tarly Easter services 

there desorlbeu the seraons mad antheas as "saU axxl laoking 

in exhilaration.** 

Then as today innovations were tried in hopes of 
betterins the church ausic. Kith the arrival froa tho 
West of the Reverend David Winters in 1389 new ideas were 
larousht to tho Second Presbyterian Church. One of these 
was tho aanoiincoaiant of a propoasd choir prooossional* 
Church aeabors were aghast at the JUiea and took sides in 
the controversy. The plaas wars to have a proainent church 
asaiUMr load the processioiial carrying' a banner. Only oas 
oaa was willing to assuae the ta^. He was itriUiaa C. 
Doane, a hanUsoae aan "with rather aavanoeu iueas on reli- 
gion who liked to be in the thici^ of thint^s.**"^ 

Tbs aatter of selecting the ausic to which the pro- 
cession was to oove was left to the choir. It will prol>* 
ably never be known wlio selected the Iqraa irtiose first line 
waSt "A Iflghty host advances, Satan leading on.** 

This was the last appearance of tho processional for 

2 Anno Lijon Cheyney, "JacQueline^s Letter to the Hmw Polks," 

the (ifilliaiisport Sun, Harch 2C, 1932, n.p. 

3 Anne Lino Chsyasy, **Jaceiuelino*s Letter to the Bone Folks,** 

ttM Villiaasport Sun . April 5, 1932, n,p. 

i\ /J T'X 


As the years pa»»9d anny chan^ret «M advances hay« 
takra plac« in tHo church luslc of '/llliaMport* 8a^f v«ry 
fliw orVMM and tralnad :aualc cHrectJK-s !iav» troufiht tha 
aaale profraas of the city chtxrches to a v«ry high leval 
of davalopaaat . la adtiltloa to th« auslc of th« regular 
services cantatas, oratorios and other prograras an^. recitals 
ara pr«9«ntaU frequently, 

Kixad choruses or volunteer choirs Kith or Trt.thout 
soloists are the aoat popular and «>at frequently eaployed* 
Many of tha larear churches have a systea of siultiple choirs 
at diffsrent aea levels. Thus It Is now possible for both 
chllc^ren and wtalts to receive valuaijlc choral instruction 
ami to participate In the services a«I life of the church 
through music . 

4 IbiU. 




Xg Man th« cas« tiiroaghout otir coxxatry during th« 
iatc eighteenth and early aiacte«nth ccnturia* instnuwatal 
auoic iu WUiiaosiKirt va« cultivated aiaMt to th« exclusion 
of choral, uf forts M*r« saad* to draw tha latter forth chief- 
ly £roa tiio wlwrct choirs and singing schools. 

Instruct ion ia siii^iag fsr asajr years was confined 
to psriodic viaits of "convention holders." For several 
•onths after sach convention, obonal societies would be 
organ ixsd only to dish&od wbsa sach siagiiic asMbar h««a«a 
convincod ha or itaa was ths only «««bar capable of direct- 

In 1953 Charles Croawell gavs le»aons in the do-re- 
al systea of sight slagiag. At about the same tl«e a Dr. 
Twaed gave instruction in The Pine Street Methodist Church, 
In 1307 a aaa aaaod Siogar ooadnetad daaaas in singing, 
and aiany persons who afterward becaa> prooioent in church 
choirs were his pupils. In 1070 Villiaa A. Sufforn tau;;ht 
*oa the oonsei'VBt<M'y plan." 

1 0. G. Soane«k, Early Concert Life in Aaerioa . p. 324. 

2 TUs Daily (^zetta and ;tollctln . Special Centennial 

Edition, Jun4? i jJS, p. ul. 

3 Ibid. 

afio««^i «VA8 Xi^vrr^iO e 

jI; ovf T 

0«tW Itilt 

•"MRA «.v 

Q«raan iaalgrants to this soction brought with thoa 
a lovo for sia^^ins which hod boon handad down to thca ia 
thoir native land throu;;h ttm agistor singers* ffuilds. 

It was in 1666 that the first Geman singing society 
WM srgsniBsd in wiXliooaport • This ^oup, L:nown as ths 
Saagsrbund, existed tintii l<iOS when a split occurred re« 
sultinti in the fonntion of the Maennerchor, In 1870 the 
two caate together again anu took the aa«e Liederloranz. 
This ijroup continued until 1876. Director of this or^ani- 
satiOQ wss Prans Lohaan, an excellent nusician, who, it is 


reported, objected eaphatically to being called "profossor." 
Shortly after the demise of the Liederkranz the Turn 

Tsrein was ort^onized June 12, 1^02. rroa this social or- 

gaaisatioa a asle chorus was foraed t^ich through the yoaro 

has presented aaay free concerts at various civic evsats 

in the area. 

Another Osraui choral group is the Raraonia GcMSaac 

Terein which Mas founded FShruary 10, 1392. This tmle chor-> 

US fulfills nuaerous engageaents. 

4 Xoiu . 

5 Grit . June 12, 135d, Kens Section, p. 56. 

6 I big. 



M^'VO -'')'^ 

In Pennsylvania the various Geraan choral organiza- 
tions combined into the United States Federation of Penn- 
sylvania Which through the years lias sponsored annual 
Saeaserfeots or Festivals of Son^;. In 139C the Haraonia 


Gesaag Verein capttired first priEe at this event. 

The Turn Veroln chorus fi^mred proalnently also in 

those state festivals, having won third prize at Reading 

in loJl and first prize at t/ilkes Barre in 1393 • At this 

tiao the Turn Verein tms under the direct ion of Gustavus 

A. Toelkler, a prooinent Musical fi^^ure of that day. 

A native of Germany, where as a boy he had iMien a 

pariah organist at the age of ten, Voclkler was educated 

in ausic through the special insterest of Prince Victor of 

Schoenburg at Waldenburg, Saxony. After cooing to this 

country he taught music in ITsw York froa 1862 to 1371. In 

the fall of 1371 he eame to Wiiiiaasport to head the isusic 

depmrtmonf of Dickinson Seminary where he remained for 

twsnty years. After that time ho conducted his own music 

school, Voelkler*s Husical Institute, at 420 Arch Street 

in Newberry and served as organist at the Lycoming Presby- 

terian Church. 

7 Ibid. 

8 The Daily Gaaette and Bulletin . Special Centennial 

Edition, June, liJij^ p. jl, 

9 Ibid. 






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'1 BiL 'J-XJiTil "i'itiUXtiet- CU-»3i^' 

"t^t-V -^i 


In 131)7 the Gsraon Sln£ln£ ooclaties wf f(»*tunoto 
to ooae under th» <Urection of anoth4»r fine ausiclaa, Gu9« 
tav Kliostttnn. 

Professor KIImhuio ofton rooallod to his students 
the experience of paying sMziey into the hand of the sreat 
Franz Lisst himself. As an evpl^ee of the Schubert Pub«- 
lishiag BoMse in Leipzig be mas sent as a owssenscr to pick 
up one of the ooaposcr*s aanuscripts and to pay his for it* 
TlM story goes that although ho gave hia the aoney he did 
not reoeive the aanuscript because a pupil of Liszt was Mor^» 
iag oa it. Liszt proaisod to deliver it in person the next 
day. However, the pupil refused to give it up so that tbo 
publishing iMMse never rocoivsU it. 

After coding to Aacrica Gustav Elieaann becsfte a 
■sabor of the Chordiri^enten derbund in Hew York City. This 
is an or;;;anization still in existence for ohoral directors. 
It was to this aocioty that a groop of coal barons fro« 
Sazleton went to secure a director for their local singing 
groups. With the proaise of pupils as well as choral work 
Professar Klieaaan went to Hazleton. It was from there that 
he eaae on to Kiliiaasport in 18 J7, with a siailar offer 
froa the G«*aan ehoruses hare. 

Bduoated in the aothods of the old world Professar 
nieaana was reputedly a very stern director, a friend of 
all but intiaate with no one. Those ulio rsaeMhsr his ro- 

to P.y 

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^9t*.rM. p^TnttfsBeo tfl 


^ afll 

'?sjr?>»«* ftfiar 



If-ftTfr ^ 

recall that card playing durlnc intaraisaion caao 
to aa abrupt halt on his (MMer to remum utotic. 

Itedar Profaaaor E:iittBann*s direction the Geraan 
olMMTuaaa eatabliahad a notable reputation in the state. 
With proainent directors froa the aetropolitan areas aa 
judges they won aany prizes at the annual cosqpetitions. 

A local singer who benefitted froa Professor 
Klieaann*s training and Mho roso to proaincnce throu^'h 
the Gaman choruses Mas Valentine (Tiny) Vierle, 

!lr« Sierle*s singing career began in WiUiaauport 
ah<»*tly after hrorld War Z. Upon his return froa the Havy 
ha angagad in intensive study with Professor Klieaann. 
Later ha want to New Toric where he won a part in The Merry 
yjdow . The cliaax of his very active stage aareer, fro« 
the point of view of his i«illiaaaport friends came during 
the ninetecn-twentios in aa appearanee with a road coapany 
of '***** fM^*" ^***I6 ^ Williaasport. ne co«-starred with 
Jaaaaetto KcTonalU and Sydney Grconstreet at the old 
Majestic Theater on Pine Street. After his rctireaont froa 
show business in the early nine teen-thir ties he retiirned 
to wiiliaaaport i^ere ho died Deoaaber 61, 1955. .^ 

The Xooae Ch(n*us also enjoyed the benefits of Prof- 
asaor KliasAim's siiillful leadership. It was he who wrote 

10 tvilUaosport Sun^Gozette . January 3, 1956, p. 7. 


■ t*''^1^T: 



th« auaical arraagvaonts for tiM Xooae ritual. For this ho 
rmomiyA MM^qr froa lod^ioa all over the United States. All 
of this ho turneU over to tiam Moo«9li«u*t orphatiage. 
.// Xaintalnlni: his studio first on Market Street then 
at his horie at 49 NiMliington Blvxl., Profesaor Klieaaan 
tjEUight piano and all the strli^ed instruawnts to a large 

•f ptvils. 

Aaoag his pupils was his dmgliter Julia, who 1»«pui 
study of the harp with her father and cootintaed with 
Taa ▼eachton Rogers, harpist with the Boston Festival 
QroSiestra under 13mil Holleahaur. Vow lb>s« Charles A. 
Bower, she has figured proAiaently in ausioal circles of 
the city. 

Professor KUeaann was a vnry interested aaaber of 
the Aosrican Guild of Ban Joists, Handolinists and Guitar- 
ists. A aost Intorostinj; account of a trip to Europe 
undertakoa by hiii and his wife and daughter in 1911 was 
published in The Crescendo , a aoathly publication of the 
Guild. r^ntitlcHl A Husical Traiap in Etyppo and published in 
two installjseats, the story ^vo aa iatioate picture of the 
■Milflnl shrines. 
/ Both the Turn Tereln Chorus and the Hanwmia Gaflaag 

11 Gustav KiiesHinn, "A !iusical Tra^p Throufli Biirope,** 

The Crescendo . IT (ifoveabsr, I'JU), 20 and (Deo«al>sr» 

iJii),X. — 


79jr9iA ar* •tUi. aotivo la loo«l maA stat* •v«at«. Dlroct- 
or of tiM forsar at prosont la B a>ar t Sbaffari airoctor of 

tlM Xattar la Cjrria J* 29igX*r witU Carl Baafaor aa ao c oa* 


A vaiy aarljr —atcal orjsaaisatioa whicb apparantly 
«» «liiefl7 oborai lata tba Xnsioal Aaaoeiatioo. atntloa 
of a eoaoart at Do«bler*a Rail W thim gro^p In April, lM4t 
la found in a XocaX aamv«par. TtM yo ig a fi laia aaacribad 
aa "a rara eiit«rtaiaHttatt cr«ditabl« to tfaa jMrforaora aai 
to tijo town** 

Thia t»oiafi tt»« tiao aft«r Civil War days, ams^stion 
Mas aada flipw^ tba prwMi ttet th« ?fiuaioal Aaaoclatloa 
Xiw a coocart for tiia b«iiafit of tli« Graat Contral F&ir 
of tlM Sanitary CooMiaaion in PhUadolpma. Tlic fair Maa 
an t:diibit of pra^Nieta froa all atatca for tl»» roliof of 


tba ailitarjr forcaa. 

Two aoatha later t2i« Mssofltiaa mm awioa o«ft nfeaa 
Uw IftMrical AaaoeiAtiM pr«aaiit««i a baaafit parforaanoo ia 

Jua«, iaC4« 

13 Of It , June U, ld&5, 8«Ma Soction, p. 5€. 
U Wit ipaMhaBnotln AprU 16, 1864, p. 8. 

14 £^4* 

CoHMtnts oa tlM coneort war* aost favoraDU. Prof- 
•Mor L«iaktM«« pw^oraance on the piano won "imiveraal 
•tairatlon|» all •inglae was "well porforEMdi" Co— Hbra 
^ Lara I4»a Droaaiog was tha "best quartet of tho evonlA;;" 
To Tht MoM|Btaias Away proviaod tba "best cborxasi" MlP. 
larrick«s porforoaoce of The Swora of QunLor Hill was 

The ooooert was •ucceasful financially as well. ^Tot 
proceeds to be aont to the Creat Central Ffeir aaounted to 

masFSL xKD wtm socittt 

Aa early choral group which ssm sreat iapetus to 
the ouaioal life of Williaa^ort toui the Hanxiel and HayUa 

a«oiety of ICTl. 

Thia oraanizatioo aaiotaiaea not only a ohoraa, bat 
a ««rr efficieat srcheatra ondar tha direction of P. Si^ua* 


Gastaw Vooliffler of earlier aeation was director 
of the oharaa* Local talent was encouraged and developed 
tlvoagh tha study and presentation of serious choral anaio 
OS v/oll as lighter opcrottas. 

A list of maboTB iocludos the following; s D. S. 

15 West araaafc Bullet in , June 13, XW4, p. 3. 


.'' .T BTinlwrllc^ 

'A aw/ 


Aattros, Col. ana %*•• T. S. Starlcinatli«r, Juds« Cunain, 
0*«r8« S* llAngor, a. S* B«atley, i"8qulr«» Ebar Culvor, 
Charles Gl«ia, A. W, P, HaoCollln, Mrs. Josopti Sevan, Liz- 
sis Bitchcock, Miarion Ruch, Jfirs. T. S. Helstiy, ?Irs, J. »• 
Psaras* Mrs. B» a. Taylor, Mrs. G. K, Kspass, Carrio Dlo« 

In 1879 aa opsra Qoapaaxsr of homo talent was 
or^tutlzod through tDs of forts of A* >/• F« XaoColllo aad 
WPBm T. S. Ikilsby. A «ssk of psrforsaatoss of Piaafw 
was eivon to crowdsU boiisss for tho benefit of the City 

In 1386 tbls opera company was reorj^anizod aa tho 
XUesfdo OpM« Coopany under the direction of Charles R« Saft, 
The foUowlag ware offioersi w. T. Aa<IrewS| president, 

T. X* BassnssDt secretary* Productions idiich were given 

ftiaed the Amw for the Friendless eod the City Hospital. 


Dorio^E ths eifhteea-ielshties two separate, hut 
•lailar f^^^gf*^ groups eidsted, one for woswa kamm as tho 

10 The Daily Qasette sad BuHotin . Special CentGonlal 
Edition, 3me laJSTpvM. 

17 Ihlu . 

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L«li««* Toeal Club ana the othar far aua kamm as tbo Scbu« 
tm-t Club. 

In April of Idii^l the«« two clubs Gtm» toijethcr as 
tiM United Sifigiag Clubs to present ths "grand concert of 

Tlires ooatlui of training nadsr nr. Pt^uik Cornell 
preosdsd Xbm prograa. lYocoods of tlio concert i^ro to t>« 
used to proviclo a fund nklQii aiji^t saable the group to 
■set exponsos of futivo plans. 

Anticipation of the c<»3iQC concert tms high. 
paper ssHMats proalted not only a large tMt a "select** 

audience. They also callo(i attention to the novelty of 

tearing;: part ausic tunc byr aea's voices without accos^[>ani- 

sent while the lodias would "render thoir ttmeful glees 

without aid of bass or tenor. "'^'*' 

The mUjb nuaber of the pro^p^oa, that ttxe which the 

cUorusoa ooahined, was the cantata* Ths Datmhtor of JainMi 

by Stainer. Xo this Xr. Cornell played an or^^an accoapani* 

sent, sang the tenor solos and directed. 

10 The Dally Gagetto and Bulletin . April 2, 1891, p. 5. 

20 Ibid . 

21 The Daily Gagotte and 3ullctin . April 1, 1391, p. 5. 

22 TIM Daily Gtaiette sou 3ullctia . April 2, 1091, p. 3. 

.-/iW ft?*.' 

•c ,^ ,a Mr;<tfii/tfii fm Mttim '^- 


Am Musiiift letter to tbo •ditcr appeared la tbo 
ammptipw after tbe ccMioert. It voiced objection to tbe 
aaay duties undertaken by the director, Hr. Carnelli 

To tbe editors 

It Is aa op9n secret that Xuslcua, 
the wmlcal oorreapoadent of the 
Son and )Cr« rrank Carnell ore ono 
axvi tbe aaae person, :iu8lcus has 
at different tlraes exp r e ss e d his 
diseust for overrated sstisatloa 
and fulBoa flattery very dn*oaeou8- 
ly oalied ouslcol crltlclaa. He 
has had an cxc llont oppcurtunlty 
to sit down on Just suob riUlcu* 
Xsiis effusions since the Owiglkter 
of Jkirus concert given last 
Thursday evenlns, but for 8<M8e 
iHtaswis to the surprise of his 
friends he accepts this as true 
and juat. "Of course ms know It 
Mdces a dlfferonco lAoss ox Is 
being gorod.** 

Soer a little adverse crltlclsa 
on tbo concert • 

Orchestra is absolutely asces—ry 
ts aa effective product loa of 
Daughter of Jalrus« Ws have lastru- 
■ea-taULlsts and ansloiaiM in our city 
c spa h ie of rendering aad smuiging 
the ouslc of this cantata. 

The chorus woric Mas oorrou tsy 
oost lamentable portaacnto by 
siaears mIio unuouutouly thought 
they tiere slni;ln4; solos. 

Mr. Cat*noll*8 boat Is certainly 
ast all that could "oe desired • 
WBVttrins and uncertain. The oh(»<u8 
Mas deficient in rhythalcal accent. 
Vfm Carnell is l>ottGr as a singer 
thaa a director, and It is hoped 
that us aoy soon be peraittod to 
listen to another work in which be 
will not atteiqyt to bo the whole 


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•how hlMMlf , but do lot vm tevt 
oroiMistral accoapaaiflnnt ana aparo 
«• froai **tb« Hui with thi orgao." 

• An awMfl oaaa« 

Fortuaataly tim adverM raaarka did not disoourafio 
tho cluha too fluch for shortly aftanmrd ttere a^paarod 
an amiouiioMwat of plans to pr«aent Roaaini*8 Stat>at Miter . 

GMar tho dirootlon of tha Bavaraad Puthoi* Ckmns 
of !!llton tha eborua miflbarad ahoat oaa laiMlrad fifty 
9iasmn aaaiatad tgr an orchoatra of twooty «oirt>era. Tho 
concert which waa praaaotad ia Hajt, IB'iX, was doacribed 
aa baiag *on a gigantic acalo navsr attaaptod hoforo in 
Williosi^part and aeldott outside the large cities.** The 
enthuaiaaa in the city for the evaat was likened to "tha 
daya of the old Handel and Hayida Society." 

An orgaoiaation which aada a atroog iapact and laft 
a laatiag aarlc on the snaioal life of the city uos the 
Kiiiiaoaport Oratorio Society which flourished througii 
the eighteen-ninotioa* 

awiag hMl its hegioning back in 1684 as the hriHioaa* 

pctt*t Choral Union it reorganized noder its now oaae in 1"X)* 

23 rb» Daily Qaaatte and aallotin . April IC, 1331, p. 6. 
34 Tha Daily Gaastte and 3ullctln . April 16, isai, p. 1. 

26 The Daily Qaaatte and Bullet In . Special Centennial 
Bditiao, JSSe, ITO; p. 31. 

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Tte aovla4; force of thcao orgftnlzatioaa Mts their 
director, Ro«co« Ruff, oae of the finest and aost evteeaed 
■ueiciaas in the aaoals of WillioMport's acwic history* 

Rr. Ruff case to Wiilia««>ort In ld84, hAViog been 
bcM*n in Trenton, Mew Joraey, tdiere he received his early 
■iiaioal traiaiag. Bo Has an outstaadiag organist ao<i had 
hsea a piq>il of IVeUoric ^ircher, organist of Crystal Palace, 
London, later of Chicago, and llexander Guilj&atit, organist 
of Trinity Church in Paris. 

O^aa aaain^; to ^'illiaBSport Kr. Huff beoaac or^^w 

ist of the First Preslqrterian Churoh where he played oany 
years. Re Maintained a studio at the old Y« H. C. A* on 
West Fourth Street aad hecaae closely identified with local 
ana leal circlos. 

^ Mr. Ruff establiahed aa alaost legsadary reputation 

in this city as a concert organist. Monthly organ recitals 
were given tiqr bia on the first Monday of each aonth during 
the winter season. Lodced 190a as the ■naioal treat of 
the weak, tlioas recitals were attended regardless of the 
weather hy oi^>aoity audiences who showed daap interest is 

the classical prsigraaa. Cootsents in the [M*ess noted that 

people were held "sp^H'^ound" by Ki*. Huff^s artistry. 

86 Ibiu. 

27 The Daily Gazette and Bulletin . April 3, 1391, p. &. 

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Vadw tha direction of !fr. Huff th« Oratorio Society 
carried oa o oost aabitious prograa. Ttie cliiMX of each 
year brousht tlio Doaton Festival Orchestra to t^illiaasport 
for a joint concert with the Oratorio Society. Afternoon 
aoa evenias ooDoerts were given. 

tea aoob pr<KXf^ ^f outstanding aorit was the third 
aamial Festival of Kay, 1307. It naa held in Asaociation 
Ball with a aoatine capacity of 03. The afternoon conoort 
preaeated the faaous DostOQ Festival 0s*cho8tra xxxjfiwr the 
direction of Call ?iollealiBner in Beethoven** Fifth Sya- > 
j^g£« Spaoial aoloa were alao praaaatad by ainsars and 
instrtaientalists who aoooapanied the orchestm on ita 
toura. At this tioe Wllliaaaporfa own Jdui Basal uao a 

oLuaber of the orchestra. In tha evaaiag tha Maaaiah waa 

given hy the Oratorio Society unaor Mr. Haff*8 direction. 

Graat onthuaiaaa aocoopaaied those ?tay Foativals, 
althou£^ aa years went hy it hecaaa inoraasiniily difficult 
to aoet exponsea tasrely froa adaiaaion feea to the concerts. 
In order to raiao the needed aoney the aociety gava aoae 
local ontcrtaincicnts and initiated a plan to obtain 8ub<- 
8a:*it>or8 for 65.00 cm* atxre. Lists of subscribers woro 
pHhliahad in the n4iwapic>«r. 

28 Tlis Daily Qaaette and BoUetin . !!ay 11, li^7, p. 3. 
2^ The Daily Gazette anu Bulletin . Soveaber J, IddG, p. 3. 


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PwtimpB th« sost vcnoratod and oft*rocalleU choral 
club of Wllllaasport is The Cbamioado, Foraed in 1893 
this group cnjoyod an active exist onco until the ninctoon- 

Instrumental in the organization of this club for 
woasn singsrs visrs the following i Kiss Josophino Colaasn, 
Xrs. Ernest Qreenwood, Kiss Jessie Slline, Krs. Ifabsl Dublo* 
Sehiele and Hiss Kinnie Swartz. 

Xsabors iiere secured throuj^h invitation. Hr. Roscos 
Huff, then organist at the First Presbyterian Churchy mbs 
•i^pgsd as director, and Kiss Edith Reider as accoaqMUiist. 
Kni* Xsbsl Duble-Sohiele mm elected president. 

The object of the club wag "tlio stiKlying of part 
songs and ch(»*uso8 as a aeans of cultivation and general 
iaprcMT^Mnt with ultiiaato object of giving at Isast two 
public recitals annually." The nonborship was Halted to 
thirty active and twenty-five honorary aoobors. A two 
hour rehearsal was held every Thursday a(»rning at ten o'clock 
in Mr. Huff's studio. 

SoflStiaes as zoany as four concerts were given ia a 
ysar. The first concerts were invitation concerts; in- 
vltationo wore sent to friends of ths asirtMrs and wrs 

00 Coastitution of The ChanliMMls of Williaasport . Pennsyl- 
" vSKla . p. 1. 





TIM first concert of The CliaiUjuul* ms giv«o April 
17, liOO, In Association Hall. Ths first part of ths pro- 
graa consisted of part aonjs by the club and selections 
by assiatioi:. soloists Relnhoid Ivanovitch Warlich, bari- 
tone, and Charles E* Krape, cellist. The second part 
contained a cantata, The Fisheraaidens by Henry Saart with 
■sabers of the club sin-iins both the choruses and solo 


The Chaainsvde very soon established a reputation 
for artistic singing. On Itoy 10, 1902 at the invitation 
of Mk*. Harry S. Krape, concert aaaager, the club took 
pert in a concert at Association HaU with The Kneisel 
Quartet, Siijnor Guiseppe Caapanari, baritone, Msdsaoisells 
Solange ae Croze, pianist ana Isadore Luokstone, accoapan- 
ist. On this prograa the club sans three groups of songs. 

Purine the succeedinij years the club continued to 
present concerts whleh twoui^ht lavish praise froa local 
Bewspapers. After a concert in May of 1915 a newspaper 
critic teraed the prograia "artistic, convincing and calcu- 
lated to appeal to the lover of ausic in whatever fora it 

aay have iaplanted itself." 

On July 3, 1913 the Chaninade assisted the Turn 

31 The Villiaatport Sun, a^r U, 1313* p. 2. 

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.4t^i»'Mi itd^ttw tt^u;^^te. 

T«r«ln» in thalr Strnt* Saeagerfest sincrlag Xataacht by 
riadl^* anc Indian Saranad» by nresford. Th« Chaainade 
MVpri9a4 a»i dolifiht»d thoir hosts and the audience by 

IbMOr baaaflt concerts wars givsa by tho club. It 
mm tl» first club In tha city to volunteer its servlcos 
to raise aSBsgr for war ncods during Ndrld Uar I. It gava 
tlM first banofit concert in town for tha Sad Cross on 
Mi^ 3, 1917. Aftarwords the chorus sang in nearby tawns 
to raise aonoy for the cause. 

Khtn tha national appeal >«s flscle for pbono^praph 
rsesrds to ba sent to our soldiers and sailors The Choiai- 
aade Club did all the worls, of solicitin;!, collecting and 
sbipping the records in this district. Baaring the entire 
•j^aasa of the drive the group visited hundreds of hoaas 
to ijQther a total of 3,076 records ond two aaohincs for 
distribution at the front and to training casaps. 

During the Liberty LcMsm Drive tlie club was again 
called upon to supply ousic for meetings. Quartettes and 
soloists wsre furnished for froa four to six aeetings aaoli 
night. The woaen accoopanieu the speakers as they traveled 
by aatoasbile over all smta of roads. Re^jordloss of the 
wsather, thoy wont into tlw asst raoote corners of tho 

On June 26» 1930, tha club established a fund of 



its 9^ 

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|S00«09« T&Q incoaa of this aisount mqs to l>« um%d «• aus* 
ic lyrisea to sttxt^nts of Tho wiiilaAaport Hlfh School. 
Itotablialied io ataory of Roacoo Huff, the club's direotor, 
anU kMMB aa tiM Roaooe nuff Memorial Puod, the annual 
aaard Is still aads to that student whose work and proiX^QS 
in vocal study and psrforaaaes hava aeritod the greatest 
approval of ths ausic deportoent of the school. 

m aumxj^ cum 

Ths Orpheus Club was an organizatioo of sale sineMra 
which was active during the aaaa pariod in which The Chaai* 
aade flour iahed. 

rororuiuiar of the Orphous Club was the Trinity Glos 
Club, a yroup of oen froQ Trinity Episcopal Church. 

Boaeae Raff was the director of this men's choral 

group as well as that of the woaen's club. Sehearsals 

were lield in his studio. 

The Orpheus Club Imd as its purpose *to take up a 


of hi£:h class ausic.**' 
In 1Q14 officers worci B* BUdn aikle, ];M!*esident , 
John Slos, vice president, Gottlieb Knoeller, secretary, 
WilUaiM F. Zahn, treasurer. Maabara wm*« l^* H* Goulu, 
ir« J« BoaeiHtfni, G* S. Cnollcr, P* B. Hullag, ni*ad ir. Koha, 

32 The Daily Gaaette atx. 3ulia l^n . Xm^sIi 28, 1314, p. 1. 

.uc6m .owl 

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eraoanie X;:ua to .'?oA>ftaiJtoa>io fui •«» a£j»cic^ 

;i:a« iuisjw 

iUitei 4.> yy ^' ^t* 

P« H. aullard, J« FVec Poroaaaa, flrat tenorat V, P. 
Zaha, ▼• Kiag Pifer, if* c« WattoAv tf* ¥• Kussina, Praflk 
B* Kaapp, G« W, lfwi«val, second tenorsi John R. Heia, 
G. R. Pletaing, W« C* fUurcr, H* P ClarlCf H. H. Xclntyrtt» 
B. D. BoIloaIiatigli» Archibald %• Boagland, T. BAOd, first 
ba«««t| E. 0« Bilde, John SimB, D« R* Graffius, C. E« 

Loverlnc, l<^, Mlllsioaugh, W, G. Cupp and P. X. !fsror9» 

Mcowl laiMies. 


TlM villlMMport Consistory has Urmight crodlt to 
Itself and to tbe city ttxrough its fino choir. For ov«r 
forty years the Consistory Choir has senred in th« dasrss 
nerlc of the Consistory and has proviaad entertainaont not 
only for that orgaxiisatioo but for aany other occasions as 
i«cll« The <dioir, noif mmb^rUig about forty •fiv» msn, is 
raakad as oae of tho best choirs in the Northern Xasonic 
Jurisdiction of the Ancient Scottish Rite. 

Cradit for the establishiasnt of the fine aaXe choir 
goes to Araderic Haaaoo* Ho Mas appointed in inS by 
Dictrick Laaade, the coaaander-io*chief , to ix^>rovG the 
geaaral aimic situation in the Consistory. Although Pk*ed* 
eric HaaMa kad recoivad vary little foraal ausic instruc- 

33 Ibid, 



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tion as a bogr, h« bad a craat intor«st and natural talent 
in auaic, !&*• ffli— nn randarad valiiable Mjrvicc to tba 
CooAlatory aad raoeivcd the thirty-third degroa. 

Mk*. Xanaon had ooac to hiUiaawport in 1394 at tha 
Mfueat of a ^oup of local aen to atort a rival m w jwip ar. 
Aftar the paper hoi run for a te^i years Die trick Laaada 
af farad A*. Xaaaoii the position of editor of The Grit. Hr« 
laaaoQ took tbu job and later becaae —naglng editor. 

Born the aon of a Bi^tist sinister in Haine, he 
received soon orgaii leaaona froa his aother. He had a 
special intereat in the aechaoics and construction of tha 
pipe organ. At the age of fourteen he took the church 
oroan apart » spread it all over the church and put it back 
tsiga'UMr asain. 

Za addition to his work with the choir Ttr* Ifanson 
direct ed the rebuilding of the Ifssoaie Temple or^jan. Sa 
Mas also the architect for tho t'nrao aanual $10,000.00 
XoUer organ which was installed in the nftlliaiMiport High 
School auuitoriuja in 1922, During hia llfctiaa be kept 
a watchful ayo on this or^^an. He supervised the care of it 
and took a paraoaal interest in any young organ students 
who plnyod it. 

Other organs for tdiich Hr, Hanson drew plana wwe 
those of Trinity Episcopal Church, the Dethony Lutheran 
Church of Hontoursville aad St. Lidce*s Lutheran Church. 


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Vttiibers of tha Crphoue Club foininl tUo nucltiui of 

TlM Consistory Choir. Xk*. Kauisoti ais director was a stsm 

tmtfUKistsr, usMandlng nothing* short of the best. 

At th« tias of its ••tablishaont in Januarj' of 1316 

the choir MM 0Qfl9Me4 of the following athi 

F. tvaittr Xan«v«il Charles T, A. Kallallmi 

Brosst E. Laadoa O«orgs X* Busch 

S. Isrrlll winner Archibald K. SoaglSAd 

Llsyti G« Bullard G€orgs J. KeoM 

J(^a r.. Ho la John R. Sias 

W. Clyde Harsr Clarence E. Sprout 

Carl G. Allen f^ojr G, Lauer 

Serving aa organists for the choir ware Barvay L* 
Ferguson, Harry P. ftottcic» Charles r, jSrownell and Mr. Kaa- 

Directors after Xr, Maaaon have been Albert Och, 
Clytde Barer, George Lehaan and PTederiok Stevens, the 
present director. President of the choir is Hr. Ilareri 
John neia is ja^eaidcnt ester itus. 

Henry Hippie was an accompanist for the original 
choir until 1913 «#hen he aoved to Lock Oavan. T. LeRoy 
Lyaaa baoasa pianist and baa continued in that capacity 
to the present tiae. 

The Consistory Choir has entertained locally on aai^r 
occaaions. For aaay years the choir's annual appaaraaos 
in the achoola during Husic Vaak Mas keeoly anticijtatad and 
greatly enj<ved. 

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201' ■■■" i. 

In 1^54 Xtm obolr «pp«ared with the wixiiaoaport 
SytKphoay Orcaoatra ain;:ia4: th« i^iX;Xlu*3 Chorut fro« 
Tftnnhauaq! . 


Tbo KaoDowell Club was a aixtd choral croup coa- 
poaod of tho voice atudQiits of !.con Abbot noffaeitter. 
Hr. Hoffiaoistor had established a voice studio hero after 
coainj; to the city froa Reading in the early ainetoon- 

The aia of the club was "to stuoy good ausic and 
to mresent to the aosic loving public concerts of o ciis* 
tinctive nature," 

Tha fgniap aade a nusabor of appearances over a period 
of several years. On a few coocorts gtiest artists includ- 
log Laabert Murphy of The Netropolitan Opera CosiMMy were 
presented* This was in accordance with the <lesii*e of the 
group "to tring foreoost Asaerican artists to tho city ot 
a Moderate iMrioe within the reach of everyone." 

Officers of tho club wore Hsrshall Hough, president* 
Joan Dawson, s.^crotary, Arthur ThmmSt treasurer, ana 
Leslie Isbelly librarian, Kr. noffneister was direct or 

34 firograa of HsoPowell Club Concert 
99 Ibid. 



uwv «> 

with Sara 8« S«»iimw as acco^paaist. 


On tha avaoXng of Octobor 10, 1J33, a group of 
lator«ato<l pooplo aot in tha studio of Loon Hoffasiater 
in tiM TMllaaa Apartaaat, iiaat Tbiru Stroct. Tho purpoaa 
of the ooatin^; Maa to coaaioar uajra and aoana for tha 
fortaation of a choral club and ooaaablo training; achool. 

Under tha laadarsiiip of ?!arahall l>« Hough and with 
foraar HacDowoll Club amaiiorB as a nucleua tha Williacsaport 
Choral Art Club waa forwKl. Mr. BoffMaiatar, tho airootor 
aaa by this tiao taa^dUi^ and conduct In^; choral groups in 
Philadalj^iia and othar cities in tha aastam part of tha 

Officars alcctod wore ?Iar8liall L, Hough, preaiUcnt, 
Ralph 3* GraMMT, vico-proaiuont , LaRoino lCallick» rocoru- 
ing sacratary, Ilolen Poaar, corraspMdiag secretary, Charles 
Balaar* traasuror, Anna Ballo Barding, librarian, Bary 
Solliner, assistant librarian. Miss Xullinor was also 

ssssupaiiiat . Thia group of officers retained their poai- 

tiooa throui^hout tho ton years of tho club* a oxistenco. 

Sahaarsals tiara hold for a tioe in the studios of 

radio station >mjiX., then at D. S. Andrus Huaic Store and 

36 ?Unutes of tho Will l^^isport Choral Art Club . Octobar 
IJ, ijJw to Januaiv 1» 1J^4, 



'crfa • ..iitscflt oait iaJtrtf -tf crsw 

f^nr?! f^jprj bsy^fil'tt S'ViO^JJ/ 

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later at the Trinity Parish Hou8«. In the fall of 1935 
the club secured nuiraon robes which were worn for their 

The organization established a fine reputation 
through its fine singing. "The art of blending voices, 
technique and interpretation wer« regarded carefully with 
fine results. "^"^ 

Many outstanding concerts were presented through 
the years. Aaong the highlishts were one in the Oicklnsoa 
Junior College gyaaasium in 1935, concert presentations of 
Elijah and Caraen in 1940 in the Lycoming Hotel ballrooa 
and a prograia entitlad "Three Hundred Tears of Pennsylvan- 
ia Song" in 1941 at the Lycoalng Hotel, Out-of-town 
tagagsments were also fulfilled iaclxtdlng a presentation 
of the 3raftns Reguleia in Canton, 

In 1943 Mr. Hoffaelater too'< a traveling position 
Ifith the Darling Valve Manufacturing Company, With his 
leaving th ? city the choral jjroup disbandad. 

A wtll established local ualc chords is that of the 

37 The Villiaaaport Sun , December 3, 1935, p. 4, 
3B Pro.';ra.^s of tHe Willia--asport Choral Art Club , 


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BliOi. Iixttadinfi over tiM Ia«t quarttr century it mmi 
dirooted uuriog thm •ariy yoai'S by h'iiiiaa £• Wiiliaasoa 
and narolxl Pries. After « period of inactivity the chorus 
MAS reorpuiiseti umlor the direction of C. Hart Bugbee. 

Today tlM S%k» Cboruo miabers abont thirty voices. 
Csodiictors sloes lb*. Oufibes hanrs been Thoass Leverizsg, 
Xelth Walts ami Irvin Zelgler.^ 


Tbs Civic Choir was fornod in 1944 as the outfjrowth 
of the Villi swsport Sitaosr Choir School conducted at the 
Covoaant -Central Preshyterian Church. The School was 
under the direction of f^ilter G. Hclvor ndio had been called 
froa Harrisburc to direct the prsgraA* 

As the result of a general invitation to the public 
the first tiiniaasport Civic Choir rehearsal mtM held 
ispteabsr 10, l.)44, with 67 voic&s.^ 

The history of the dioir Is "the eabodiaent of tho 
energy of Walter C. Hclver, Its director, the desire to 
slnjj on tlM part of tho choirs* aeitfbers and the enj(Qnaeat 
of hearing good choral concerts on the part of the coofaun* 

39 VilUaasport Sun«Gazettc . OsMribsr 34, 195S, p. 2. 

40 VilllAOSport Sun-GazGttO t Pecoirt>er 24, 1335, p. C, 

41 Ibid. 

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Altnouj^ Kalter ?lclv«r is not m nativo of infilXiaos- 
port he has taken its interests to heart and has bsooos a 
leading figure in the development of the city*8 choral 

BMrlsg atodied ausio as a boy in Cleveland, XT* 
Xclver later entered the if estainster Choir Colle(]:e in 
Priaoeton, Ifew Jersey as a scholarship student, v.iiiio a 
student there he toui^cu Europe with the faaious WestAinstar 
Cboir« After graduation Hr. Hclver mas called to the post 
of choral conductor bgr the HarriirtNa*j{ fla^ivlKmy Orchestra. 
He also served as ainister of smsic at the ]farkot Squars 
RrsirtqrtMrian Church. 

After cofldUig to i^fllliaa^ort to direct the Suaaer 
Choir School he became minister of music of Covenant - 
Central Church. Later he filled a similar position at 
the First Evangelical United Qrethren Church. At i»*esent 
lie is minister of ausio at the Pine Street Ketluxlist Church, 

la 1946 Kr. Mclver i«a8 elected to the faculty of 
Lycoaing Collogo to serve as Chairman of the Mtisic Depart- 
ment and director of choral music. There hs luui devolopcd 
the Lycominfi College Choir which ranks as one of the out- 
standing collosiato choirs in tbs Bamt* 

Xa 1947 the city awu^dsd 1ft* • MeXvcr a citation for 
outstaadiag achlevu:asnt • In l!^49 he was selected by ths 
Villiam^port Junior Chaiti>er of Commerce as "Youiib 



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the Teax*t" "for his contribution to tho cultural life of 
tb« CBiiiiiity through off(u*t8 to organize the Killiaosport 
Civic Choir. "'^^ In rccont yoars tf bmM b««ii guest conduct- 
or at Miymrml soholastic choral festivals. 

atulah McXvar, also a graduate of th« Kestainster 
Choir School and a foraar assiisr of the famed VTestainstor 
Choir, lias baen cxtrescly holpful in assisting in the 
development of the Civic Choir. ShG has been proninent 
in ausical activities throufihout the c<Mttninity. She 
assisted her husband in the choral work of the Covenant- 
Central Church} for a nui^or of years idie was ainister of 
■usic at the Xaaaauel Bvaagslloal United Brethren Churchi 
at present she assists in the direction of the choirs at 
Fine Street Methodist Church. Hrs. Xclver, a asszo- 
soprano, has appeared as soloist befors asiqr groups as wall 
as in nuaerous Civic Choir concerts. 

Accoapanist for the choir is Kary Landon Russell 
lite Mas with the choir for their first rehearsal in 
Septeober of 1944. Kra. Russell is head of the piano 
dspartaent at Lycooinc College. 

Tba various executive boards of the oholr have bssn 
responsible for the continuous a^^adnistration of affairs 
through the years. The following have served as presidents 

42 Grit. January 30 , 1949, Reus Ssction, pp. 1 and 10. 





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triBSMTt SwtgMlek: BMUiatty flamr C. Fithlan, Sr,, 
RicterU V» Oomrf Kenneth v. Kolft, Tfirs* N«wtoa lltfiifcii— 1, 
Alfk*«d J« WteMMHMhsr, warr«ii L. IQMFtli and EUmt Kooos. 

DM im tiM eiioir** first season tbo only concerts 
srsMststf iHH^ ■Mdsl*s WiSftUfc sad aralMs* Regmi— « 

In s«ptti^«rt 1340 tti« first p«tr«m caapaign mis 
isMgvstsd* TlH»si«ibsitt tbe 7«ars tbo flaAacial obXisa- 
tioaa of tlM steir tuif iMsn «et Isrgsly thrswgli patron 
■ Mt S M ' i ptions and tb* ammal sbsir asabsr^ip fss of 
aigirt tfallars. 

la VMl ths sUsir bsgaa iMldiaf its rsgular 
als at Lyesaiag Coilsfs slisre it bos ooiitltiuvu to tbo 

AS ai^jrooiatioo for tlM oboir grew requasts for 
ssassrts saa* ia froa otber ouaaaaitios. Tlia itinarary 
of tbs sboir bas lacl aas d Lotie Bavaa, XUton, Canton, 
■sat gsawj r» ShaaoidLa, iftXlEss Bwrs, Trof, Isaegr ^aA 

At various tiats tb« cboir bas apsaaorad cooosrta 
ia k' llllawsp s rt Hr MCdl ant standing £roups as tba Kastaia- 
atar Cboir and tba Coluabua 3oy Ch'!»ir. Tba Cteir bas 
alaa partieipatact ia aasy ooaaimlty aotivitias suob as 
tba Psraat TaadMr Asaociation, Civic Club partioa* Caa- 
aaaitr Cbristaaa Traa lisbtine and oarol aings and Union 

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For sacred concerts the choir la robed in aaroon 
vestaents. For secular concerts the sen of the choir are 
attired in dark blue ^ilts and the ladies in long black 
skirts and white t&ilorea blouses. 

To express appreciation for the support of its 
patrons the Civic Choir held its first patron reception In 
Idf4 at the Lycoaing Hotel, This event was repeated in 
1355 and 195G at Clarke Msaorial Bulldlnfi at tycoatiag 

Za the 1953-54 season Civic Choir gave its first 
drmaatic preaontation, the on«*act ciiristaas opera Aaahl 
and the Hight Visitors by Glan-Carlo Xenotti. Young 3111 
Xclver, son of Hr. and Mrs. Kalter Xclvsr sang the title 
role. Mrs. Kolver sang the role of the saother. 3111 had 
flaiaed national faaie when he was chosen by Xenotti to 
sing the role on the )f. B. C. television production of the 
opera in 1;)52. At that tlae he was ten years old aad a 
student at the Coluabus Boy Choir school. He saog in the 
S, B. C. presentation three successive years* 

In 1961 a saall group known as the Chorallers was 
cliaasn froa the regular aeabershlp. This group fulfilled 
aoaerous coaiuaunity sngageaents. In April, 1355 the Ch<M<a- 
liers included in their foraal concert The Telephone by 

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Pollowiog ar« ttM Civic Choir protfraa bighlichts 
tbe years I 

>1946 Handel 

1945-194C Handel 

1940-1347 Handel 


1947-1943 Handel 

194S-134J Handel 

1I)49-19&0 Handel 

Messe Solenne 

Mssse Solonnc 

Messiah l^ith Dickinson Jr. College 

Tho Seven Last v^ords of Christ 
Elijah Vith Dickinson Jr. Collogo 


Messiah Vith Lycooing College Choir 


Requiea With I^rcoaing College Choir 

Messiah With Lycoaing College Choir 
and Williaasport Civic 

Passion According to St. Matthew - 

With Lycoaing Coll«3ge Singers 

Creation kVith Lycoaing College Choir 

Messiah With Lycoaing College Choir 
and Williaasport Civic 

Miscellanemis Lenten Choruses 

Mendelssohn Elijah With Lycoming College Choir 

1930-1951 Baadsl Messiah Vith 20<-pieoe orchestral 

aecoapaniaent, organ and 
Christaas in Draaa and Song - Pageant of the 

Holy nativity - Kiiiioaa with Lycoa- 
ing College Drasiatic Dept. 
Rossini Ifesse Solonne 
Miscellaneaus Oratorio T'^xcerpts, Antheas and 
Polk Songs 
19S1-1J52 Baadsl Messiah 
Hrihas Requiea 
Pop Concert Selections froa Gilbert £ Sullivan 

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19S2-1:^S3 Thanksgiving Concert of Miscellaneous Hyaas 

and Anthsjas 

H&ndol MASsiah With 14~piece orchestra 

Fkur« Rsquiea 

Handel Kaster portion of Xessiah 

Pop Concttrt Mi8c«llanoous Songs by Schubert, 
Drahms and Richard Rogers - 
With Lycofliag Collsfis Band 

1933<-1954 Schubert Miriaa^s Song of Triuaph 

Jh'ahns Alto Rhar>sodi« 

Rogers ShOK Tunes 

Sandel Messiah 

Mcnotti AiWihl and the Kight Visitors - Opera 

Ha7dn The Seven Last Wnrds of Christ 
Pop Concert With Auijust and His Just for Pua 

1954-1986 A Harvest of Song 

Christmas in Song: nntJ Opera 

]fonotti Aaahl and the Night Visitors 

Britten Carols 
Verdi Requiea 
Choraliers in Concert 

Itenotti The Telephone 
Tenth Anniversary Concert Si. Choral Festival 
(500 singers) Koseaary Kuhlaan, soloist; 
Dr, John Plnley WilliaaUKm, fuest comluctor 

195ft«19ee Mendelssohn Elijah 

laodel Hessiah 
Gilbert ft 

Sullivan The Hikado 

iM6-lJ57 Ha^ic of iSozart 

Halt! el Hesslah 
Folic Songs of the World 
Willlnnsport Symphony Orchestra Concert 
Finian's kainbow 

For soae concerts out-of-town soloists have been 
eeQ>loyed. For aany others solo parts have been ably 
filled froa the choir* s sieaibership. The Killiaasport 
Civic Choir has as its motto "Music for the People - by 
the People,* It has as its purpose "to stimilate and 

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pronoto the advancestent of choral auslc in the Groat or 
Villiaasport ar«a." 

Today the choir has achieved tremendous success 
with a m»abwship of over one liunureU people of all 
faiths, and occupations. 

44 Grit t January 33, 1J52, TTews Section, p. 56. 

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stMK mirms 

WilliaMiportera alwn/s point with pri<l« to th« 
fact that tUe coaq;>oscr of the boautlful Christaas carol, 
«V« Tte*«« Eia^s of OrUat Aro,« Uv«4 bare froa I^TC to 
1887, Uurloii v&lch time be Mas the rector of Ciarlat 
ii^laoapal Church. 

Bora In Plttsburgli oa October 2a, 1U2Q th« E«veroad 
John n«arr Hopkins, Jr. Mas a mn of unusual versatility. 
In studying his biography It is difficult to 3ay vrhctbsr 
hs Mas oost wldsly knofwn and appreciated as a scholar, 
NTlter, preacher, Journalist, jsoslclain, poet or artist, 
becaase he iml aany talents and excelled in all* 

Xa ausic he mm well endowed, havlsf; coaa froa vary 
artistic aad auslcal parents. His father was vry profi* 
ciont in laagaases, auslc and art, and at the age of 
•eveatsaa was the leadlns * cello soloist of the city of 
PUlladelphia. He mbs also a gifted coaposor and organist, 
aad aost of tho choir auslc of the church in Pittsburgh 
ahsrs lie nss rector was froa his psa. At the aaaa tiac iie 
provlasd aost of the auslc idilch youn;; John Jr.* a aoth«r 
used for teachiai; in the dsy school which the Hopkins 

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oponed ia c»*Uer to aula to tho slonder stlpeml rttceivvd 
froa tb« church. Jfrs. Hc^kiua taught harp, piano and 

It MM in this atao«9lMr« that Joha, Jr. found hia- 
••If at tlM ag* of thrao, and his nimblo and sensitivo 
aiad j«8an at oac« to grasp •agarly ftvararthini; that uan 
raligiwm and churchly aa w«ll aa litM*ary aiid artistic. 

In 1&02 the foaily aovad to PiUx^iin^rton, Vrnntont, 
on Lalc« Chaflplain* Tbers Jolm, Jr. at tha age of fourteon 
was a tutor in his father*s Tsraont episcopal Institute, 
hearing dasoaa ia Latin and French. Ko pXa/ed flute and 
bagX9 ia the school orchestra ^and sang ia the c^ir. 

In Xii^ij be graduated with honors fron the University 
of Tsraont and then assisted his father until the school 
was foroed to close in 1340 duti to the Calhoun panic of 
1337. 3ishop Hopicins* school and fiaaa««s mr9 ruiaed 

and the family was throim into nearly twenty years of pov- 

1 Joiui iMiury Uopicins, "Th* Rov«r«ad John Henry Hopkina, Jr.* 
a istoiHlcaj^ Maptzino of the Protestant Episcopal Church . 

2 The Rever««l Edmard Henry ^c^el, a. D., Chj-oniclcs of 
Christ qwrch P f yri s h. Killiajasport , Pennsylvania, 
Qasetts and suiietin ?r«M, IJIO, p. 4J. 

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The rtorf of those years is «n inapirlns one as 
the Bishop* 9 eight sons b'lilt a faaily hom<» and cloaretJ 
the wilderness of Rode Point. They worked on the fara, 
and one by one, under John, Jr.'e tutelage, they entered 
the University of Vermont, The ?lishop never nll'jwed the 
ohildren to Msste any tliie on gfumm exeept chess. They 

devoted all their time when not at work on the fara to 

literature, nusic, art and their studies. 

Proa X843 to 1345 John, Jr. i»s a tutor in Savan- 
nah, Georgia, returning then to the University of Vermont 
to receive a ataster's degree. Following that he was a 
reporter on the Kew York "Courier and Enquirer, ■ and in 
1847 he entered the General Theological Seminary, gradtia* 
ting in leJSO.^ 

Through his college years he had already begun the 
systeiuatic study of harmony and counterpoint in nusic, anU 
his book of "Carols, nytsns and Sonns" was y^ry effective, 
diiq>layin^ a scholarly touch. His *hf> Three Kings" cort- 
posed in 18f>2, has been sun?? at Chrlstna*»tide throughout 
the English speaking world fnr years. His "Little !>ovfts" 
has delighted school chlluren for «»evernl decades. 

4 Bo^ins, p. 271. 

5 Ibid., p. 270. 

6 Ibiu. 

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4i ritx 

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OrdalnoU a Ooacon In 1350 h« rwsolvcd to devot* 
hla life to church Journalise. Under hia dlroctlwi th« 
"Church Journal" ksi« istoMt, tli« first church journal 
worthy of the n&ne in th« country. Aft«r aany succtMfal 
years In thi3 work h« sold the jourtial in ord«»r to devote 
tdmmlf to tho writing of hi» father*s biography. Upon 
the collation of this he was iadaced to be ordained a 
priest, ffls ordination took s»lac« Jun« 23, 1?»72 while h« 
«»• »ervlng the parish of Trinity Church In Plattsbur,:H, 
Jfew York, It t-ras from Plattsbtsrgh that Dr. Hopkino cn'Tjo 

in 1?76 to a»au«G the rectorship of Christ Episcopal 


Dr. Hopldns was completely devoted here a-s alwqrs 
bafore in his pastoral work. In seeking out the slclr and 
forlorn, he drove -nany <tlltts ov^r rfmzh roads through the 
ilduataias to c'ainister the Ol^saed Sacraflsnt. 

Ha Wk9 a aaster of ocdesiaetlc^l art; his deslgii* 
for church silvor, furniture, stained slass windows and 
•vea acedlewor'c on veatacnts and altar linans wera gens of 
ayobolic artistry. His oark: was left upon whatever church 
he aarred and nay b« traced la Villiaraaport outsiJ? the 
parish, as, for exaapla, la soae chast^xly wrou-ht toabs in 
WlXdwood cesrotery. 

7 iijcksi, p. 4y, 

8 Ibid., p. 35, 




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Pr. Hop'^ns left h'tlliamsport in 1887 to fill an 
position at the Gon«ral Theological Seainary, 
V«w Tork City. The night before he left a great faraiMll 
rasaption and a purse of $1,000,00 mss given bia, evideoce 
of the high MTtaea in which he was hald. Ho««evor, througk 
asae unfortunate circtowtanoaSy the position i4aa deaied 
td« wpm his arrival* 

In ^»itc of the great UiaappoiataaBt Dr. Hopkins 
stayad la Ifaw York City and gave five hundred booics from 
hia valuable library to the See Isw ii on LaFayatte FOaee 
la payaant for the use of a room as long as he would need 
it. The tlae proved to be very short, for in less than 
four years he died at the hoae of an old friend. 

Dr. Hopkins was buried beside his father in the 
faaily ceaatary at Sock Point in the shadow of the beauti- 
ful moaumeni ha hisself had dasigaed. Oae of the aost 
notable aod widaly known acn the Ajserican Church ever pro- 
duead, Dr. R<qtcins will alwajrs be raoMribarad hayand all of 
his oth«* aohievaaents far his sisvle and beautiful carol. 


It has been racoroed that Panaaylvaaia was the 
"fountain soiurco, the kindergarten of ijospel hyamody,** 

u Ho|AiJX8, p. 27:i. 

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tevlag turawl out mat* cotpeX hyaos than any other state 

in the Union. Killiaasport pl«y«d aa important part in 

«9plyin£ Binaag ami ainoare talent in thia field in tb« 


parson of Jaaaa K* BXmtik, 

Ttr, alack ^ent tha graat ar part of hia life la 
igllUft— pnrt , having com in isn flro« Vaw Tork state 
«lMra ha was ham in 1353, Ra had studied haraooy and 
caapasitioa with J<Aa Boward of Ifew Totit and Daniel &• 
TawBtr of the 2toody Qible School. He haipui writing gospel 
in 1900 and has written soaa 1500, both the words 

aad the ausie.^ 

lb*, Blft^ is known throughout the country for his 
workf porticularlar f<Mr his hyan, iiThw the Roll lo Galled 
Ite Yooder . which has baaa simg hgr ftU daoottiaatioos all 
over the BaigliA i^Makiag world maA translated into four- 
teen different laa^uag^a* Sun^ in great churchca and 
little rural ohapela, this hyaa is as firaly established 
as any of the great harans of Christaadoa* The Salvatioa 
Anqr has had a large part in carrying it to the far comers 
of the world. 

As it oftMi happena that there ia a story bohiad 
^a writing of aaogr of the tiae<^ionored hyaas of the church, 

10 Osrtrude Hart in Hohrer, ?!uaio and MCusicians in Ponn« 
Tlvaoia . p. 04. 





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•o tb«r« im« aa ixwpiratioo for tbo writioe of Vbmn tho 

Roll 19 '^ nUi*^- ^'r ^^«^>'* 

tfc tiring hOMo froa clHiroh oat Sucxiay aornio^ fir. 
Slaok*a teart «aa htavy i>«oauae aae of tte 70008 atoboro 
of his SaaOmy Scbool claoo had not onmTored tho roll lihen 
IMT aaae aaa oallad, Soaeont tmX oaid tbat 3*aoi« «ao 
vary ill BOii tlmt tho doctor hcia littlo hopa for hor 
llfo. 7tr. Hack hal fouid aoaslo oae day aagtootad aad 
in rasa aitting on tho atops of a tM*ok«a«down h<m8e "on 
tlM othor sicio of the tracko'* of the town, Tba Uttlo 
Ctrl hosltatod at first to accept the iovltatiOQ of tlM 
taU ahite-haired auk to cooc to Soaday School becauac of 
her raegad clothos* tjut after aoaaone loft a box of aoir 
clothoa at her houae the aext Oay Beaoie aevar failed to 
aaaaer the roll coll. Bvary Suoaay Jaaea Blaok would look 
up aad aaile ahea he oaae to her nooe* 

Aa he walked bone that day la 1393 be waa thinkioi: 
that aayhe the next tloe rJcoaio aaowered to her nosio it 
trould be at the sireat roll call. Tlie worue for tlio hysan 

to oaae to hia spontanoouoly and he wrote tbea dowa 

that afternoon. That ni^ht he oet thea to nuslc. 

Othero of hio beat known hyoBO arei T Ite aeaber 
Calvary . Mhare Jeana is 'tis neatraa. Ve Shall nojgn with 

12 Cliat Boaaer, A gya la Porn , p. 90, 

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HIH f g ftlairy . and Wh^n th« Saiflta .\re MMTChim: In. the 
lattw bavins taken on a trcaemious burst of popularity 
in ptcent •ontha as It !ia« becoaw n favorite hit with 
tlM Dixieland bands* 

In one or two of his hyans Kr, Slack aade use of 
iiar4a written Isy a Killiaasport woaan, Mrs. Kate Purvis. 
Krs. Purvis, a JMal>er of a proaiaeot faAily* was activo 
la civic work and a very sifted poet. She was an assist- 
aat vooal instructor at DicidLason Swiinary in the late 

tt>. «Wi>*<»g waa aditor of several gospol acmg books 
puhliaiiad by tbe Xethodist Book Coacern at Hew York aad 
Cincinnatti, the McCoke Publishing Coapany of Cliicago aad 
tlM Sall«*lbck Company of Philadelphia. Ai^ointed t^ the 
toiUMpa of the Xethodist Episcopal Church he was a aeabor 
of the oonittee which aode up the Methodist BjpKaml of 
1906. Re was also a noted gospel worker, acting as soag 
Imrttr of gospel aeetin^s all over the country. 

At the tiae of his death in 1933 it was said that 
•tfcs country lost one of its aost outstanding coaposeps 
of church hvaaa*" 

10 Garotte aad ■nlletio. Doootfbsr 23, 1930, p. 10. 

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Another local hsraa wr± tor at th« turn of the contury 

was r. V, Tandorsloot, founder of the Tandersloot Music 

Publishing Coapany. A dsspljr roligious flftn and a asAbor 

of Pine Straet Xsthodist Church, he wrote a collection of 

nineteen gospel sont'S an»I called thea " F.cliOGo froia Old 

Fine ,* The collection i>oar8 a picture of the churoh on 

the outside cmwr aad contains the following aeaiaatiant 

This booklet I expressing in song 
the religiwui experience of the 
author, is dedicated to the aeaory 
of John R. Hazelot, for aany years 
a faithful, loyal aeober of Pine 
Street Church; vdio loved to call 
the aotma within these pagest 
*lcho«s froa Old Pine.* Hence the 

P, W, Vandersloot 

Xany of the hgrnns were headed with a line of scrip- 
ture. Two of then contain words tagr E, G» Kacutney and 
81aer E. Person, amiibers of Pino Street Church. The mmie 
for one was written by Xabel C. Gohl, organist of the churoh, 
aad a devout Het^odist. 

Althoufl^ aany copies of the collection were published 
they were never sold but ww*e given to friends aad aeabers 
of the church in which he served as choir director. 

_. Off 


In searclilna; Wllllaaaport's ?w8lcal pti9t th'^r* cotes 
Into view a lwt2 ll«t of tal«nt«4 mslclnns. Alttww^h aany 
•re forjrottcn or uiikaoim to the present gen«ratl«>n, th«y 
coiitrlbi!t«K? slenlflcantlj' to the eulturpl en.1oyi«cnt of 
their tin©. The tlsie ims the late eighteen-ninetlosi «od 
extemllni: into the first decade of the present c*?ntury. 
This was a j»erlo<1 mmt^tit^n referred to as KlXXi*«»port«8 
"golden ase of awsic," the plush days of the LyooMiac Opera 
House before the troubled nineteen-tv^eotles. 

TiMMS awiiclans who are mentioned In this chapter are 
in ftddltton to the iirllvitiunls connected with the orgsnlaa- 
tions is 9r«risti8 chapters. 

Aaong the singers was Charl«js Oreen, always known 
•• •Cltakrlle.^ !7c»t0s of nn enrly writer indioate that ^. 
Green was In sr«at dessmd as a 8?>X?tlst for njncsrals in that 
day. Sh« writes thnt "no voice wa*? ev?*' considered better 
suited for that part,*^ Charles Glei'^, powssaor of t\ 

1 Williaajsport Sun-Gazette , Itaea^ber 24, 1955, p. IS. 

2 Anno ?,lnn Cbeyney, »JacfiU«Xlno*« ?.«tter to the nom 

Folks," The Williaiiai^ort Su^i August 13, 13iil, a.p. 




■♦♦i».0/?T Mil? i' 

*4fap«tlMitic voice full of patnoa," vf^n known for his evor 
woloofto ranuitioa of Lit tle Boy Blue . Oth«r» ware WIIIImi 
Omild, Kto iMid • *b*autlfal tomler voic«" and Mas tlM tooor 
la th« S«oood Pi*««tt]rt«rlan Chitroh cboir, Adiui Belter » Bdtnrd 
Schltih, Charles ^^olf aiid Kevrton Chath&m, all of whoa were 
ttnmkamKkt in church worlc* 

RoMw talent »hows v/er« tha ord«r of that day. 
Popular in th«»e were the MlcCollua toothers, A. K, F, and 
liMMra. Leavlas >mmm to achieve sucoem on the auaical 
•tage in the larsfer cltiea Mare Fr*ii Mk^taugbtoa M/ttn aang 
tenor in the choti' of the Third Preabyterian Church in 
1918, and Trevatte Xaffatt. Bat^ ara raputeu to have luid 
unuffttally beautiful voices, Hawapapara io St. Louia la 
the auaoer of ladl praiaod Hr« Haff«tt*s perforaance as Sir 
Harry Leighton io The feed Sergean t* Ha waa reimrded aa a 
fine acQuiaition to the Casino Opera Coajpany, Ho «na 
described as presenting a "hands/nte appearance, ** acting: *beooning grace" and singing "splendidly.'' with such 
m baautlful voice a brilliant future was predicted for Jiiia. 

8 iJias Lisa Chayney, *Jacaueline*a Letter to the Baas Polica,'* 
the WiiULa^aaport Stifi . iune 14, XJsHj, n.p. 

4 laid , 
6 Ibid. 
8 The i^Uliaiiaport Sua, and ikinner . July 27, 1891, p, 1, 



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Aaoag the wooon vocalists of early days ware Horioa 
Rucb and Xrs. Iliraa Herrioan. Carrie Dlotrick recelveU an 
Ofiportunity to go oa tb« stage >ibon a Gilbert aod Sullivan 
eoflpttiiy appeareti in H'illiaasport . After her singing tlie 
role of Huttercup in their porforaaace here they took: hor 
with thea ulien they left the cityj 

Others were Ellen Reading HeSaffie who spent ssae 
tlae studyiac abroad, Xathryn Shsffel, Hay Fisk, Mrs. 
Bertha Allen Flock, Eoily Canfield Wood, Helen Peaslcc 
Hotfcins and Embs Kiess. Clarence Sprout is reaeiti>ered for 
his interpretation of On the Road to Kaaaalny .^ 

Blanche Derr 3ubb, soprano, and ^iianns Krape, con- 
tralto, joined with Trevatte Haffett, baritone, to fors 
the wiiliaasport Concert Coapanor* Other asiU>er8 of the 
group were Charles Krape, *oellist, and Xay Stuart Otto, 

Keaombered as accosiplishod pianists are Xrs. fkrsd 

Kaastsad and Xrs. Encie Herdio-Rawle. I^oainont as an 

organist and piano teacher was rratf: Sbsr who ployed the 

7 Anne Linne Cbsyn^, "Jacqueline's Letter to the nomo 

Folks," Th« tfilliaasport Sun, Jtme 14, IDGO, n.p. 

8 Ibid . 

9 The tfilHaasport Sun . February 2, 1399, p. 1. 

10 Anne Linn Choyney, "Jacqueline's Letter to the HoAS 
Folks,** The Wiliiaasport Sun , Deoaaber 3, 1323, n.p. 

S* A%^*/ to* 



at ttf Third Pr««tytM*ljMi Cliurch, A aativ* 9t 
0«rMui3r» Hr* r>t>«r mm known for his gontX« dignity ana 
old fashioood elagance of Ureas. A whit* vaat waa always 
part of his attiray aa wall aa a walklOo' stick. 

In lator years )tr. Ebar's aausht«r, Xrs. Helen 
Arthtar, later Urs. Hunziagery followed in his footsteps. 
She taught piano aou serveu as orgaaist In soae of the 
churches* the last being the Covenant -Central Preshyteriaa 
Chur^ in 1910. In tha early nineteea«>thirties she aovsd 
to the west to join her son, Eber Arthur t^o was a *oellist 
with the ClUiHkso Syaplumy. 

A proedaent fi^jure in the anislcal life of tfilliaoa* ^ 
port at the turn of the oentury vms 'Irs. JCary Stuart Otto. 
Hsr heaefloial iaf lueaee was felt la the coannity over n 
Isag i^an of tlae, for aho died in 1969 at the age of 
ainoty-on«!, Hra. Otto was a flee pianist. As part of har 
training she studied abroad, partioolarly ia Berlin. She 
attended !)ioUinaon Sejtioary in 1332, and later taught there 
for several years as head of the aitsic departaent. Just 
before her death Krs. otto pres^ntedi har valuable oollectioe 
of ausic to the Jssies V. Srown Public Library. It is iiuiown 
aa the Ifsry Stuart otto ColloctiOQ.-^^ 

li rmo Linn Cheyney, "Jaoqaeliae*a Letter to t?io none FolJi:s,<' 
TUn .illiaasport Sun . October 13, 1930, n.p.. 

12 Ibid . 

13 the WilliaMport Sun, August 11, 1350, p. 16. 

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Oa« of the .-lost color fal and delightful pursonaliti«» 
of the rtusioat life of ^/illlaasport wis Mary 3. Lundy. A 
nat.lve of thla city, Hls3 Lundy was onu of its aost out- 
standing piano taachars over a period of aearly half a 
century. She was a faailiar figuro at all ovnnts concern- 
ing; the advancofaent of Vv3 comjfttinlty. To all who 9aw her 
this netite lady was a choerinj sight as 9h«» defl^jd th« 
seasons -xnt*. the weather as «h« did the rajirs. -^^ ^^'^ 

Following hor graduation fro^ Elaira College in 
1335) Hiss Luwiy saads hw first trip to Europe to study with 
the r«nown«d Vlennost teachor, Theodor Leschetlzky. As a 
prolininary she received instruction from his wife, Prau- 
l«in Prentnar. There was a second tri:^ to Vienna for 
further instruction froin LeochetizVy ?\rvi another In Ifitar 
years to study with two of his disciples, Ethel Leginsica 
and Xotherinf Goodson, 

Except for thtB years at the Stat© College of WRsh- 
inston in Pullaan, Waihincton, Xiss I^undy spent all her 
teaching jrears In Wlllla.nsport. She -maintained a studio 
oear Market Square in the Lundy Suildln:]; now occupi<M'v ^yy 
the Reliahle Purnlturc Company. 

Kiss Lundy's studio hr««thed an at«inaph'»re of enchant- 
oent for hor students, filled as it wns with aiitograph^J 
photogranhs of the ansical ST*"?^** ^^^ forsnor students 
vmmt^er fondly the ausical t«»a«. t?pon these occasions 

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Xiss Lunoy WMiIil tail of her experience* in Vienna wben 
th» ■usicnl center im9 at its li«i8ht of gaiety. 
Aluairs maintaining an Intoreat and enthuaiaan for h«* 
foraar twflhur, aka attanSed atmnally tba Lea^atiiky 
A— ooiation of Aaarica. Thia ia coiqKiaed of hia pupila 
maA tbair pupila with aany faMwa artist a aa «caber8. 
Praaidant of tlia p*oyp ia Xias BtftiiMi Balura, a vary old 
friend of Xiaa Lundy. At the aaaw tiaa alM alwaya attond- 
ad a round of ooncarta. From tbaaa aba tiroiight baok to 
IMT pupila tlM lataat coapoaitiona. 

Tha aineerity of her intoreat in aualo aea boat 
revealed \if a aide of hor native which tb/B triad to keep 
hiddan. Yet tboae Mho benefitted revealed it« Thia Maa 
her concern tar thoae ttmt aha felt wera gifted but who 
IftOkad tha financial oeana of davelopini; their talent. To 
tlMaa tlM gwra of heraalf without thooght of raauaaration. 

Sana of Kiaa Lundy* s pupila wlio vara aaaociated 
with har aa aaaiataata in hor studio ai'e Carol Sweeley 
fivandea and Emily Barer of Williaa^port , Sarah Opp of 
■BBoy aad Alma Clark of Picture Raoka. Xiriaa Claatar, a 
promiaaat pianiat of Lock Bavan, ia a former pupil, aa ara 
Dorothy Reeaa iSrnat, Eliiabatli flroMB Xillar aad Kancy Ball 
isrunoor of Killinaoport . 

(Hie of Xiaa LunOy's aapaeially ^iftaU pupila was 
the late Ploramoe Crauford of Hun^. Through Xiaa LunOy^a 

imtm Mt. 



Mix 'i 


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efforts an auuitlon was arranged with Henry Hadlcy, ths 
eminent teacher and conductor of Hew York. She was 
accepted at (Mice as soloist with his concert orchestra, 
launching her on a successful concort career. Ji^ 

Miss Lundy*s ausical intt^r^st extended into the 
popular field also. Frisads recall that when in Hew Tork 
Kiss Lundy invariably stayed at the Taft Hotel in order 
to hear the aodem and popular ciusic of Vincent Lopez 
•JMl his orchestra. 

During World War I Hiss Lundy* s patriotic spirit 
was evidenced ia a song which she wrote. Many local 
•lagers recall Liberty that Shall Hot Pass Away . Tho words 
were Iqr Hiss Lundy, and the ausic was by Carol Evenden. 
Proceeds of the publication went to the Red Cross. ri 

A pupil of Kiss Lundy recalls the last birthday 
party held shortly before bar death. When aSIced what she 
would have liked for a birthday gift if she had hsen given 
a choice Xiss Lundy replied, "Thsre is nothing I ^ould 
have aiked for, because I have overythins in the world I 
ever desired.** This reveals the character and philosophy 
of this fine and talented woma whose oterM and sraolous- 
ne«i "aade a lH9fy impression which now becoaos a happy 

14 The Williaasport Sun, Juno 11, 1J43, p. 2. 



jLaotter local ausiclan of aor« r«c»nt tijw« !• 

Mrs. Prank Plankanhorn. A fine pianist, ohe studieU at 

Fontaine-bleu, Pranc*. She appeared froquontly in rocltals 

bofore- such local groups as tho Clio Club. 

ProsLasat in the nineteen-twentios and thirties 
mm Barold Pries. Kr. Pries ■aiataiaou a studio ia the 
Bottssl building for a ti«s and later at his hOM at -WO 
HUb Strast. Hr. Pries was an excellsnt pianist and 
taught piano and •cello. In 193d he aoved to SUver 

Springs, HsrylMkd. 

Two of Mr. Pries» sons inherited his talent. 
Theodore, Mho aied at the a«e of seventeen, played with 
the aatlonal Syaphony and the Boston Syaphony Orchestras. 
Another yooaser son Roger also appeared with the national 
syaphony Orchestra. 3oth have appeared locally In recital. 

Ksescalsed as an outstanding vocalist was Pfederlc 
C, Erdaan. As a child he saag in the Trinity Church choir 
and later with the Orpheus Club. In 1920 he went with 
the Victor Talkcinii Kachine Coiapany in Cleveland and sang 
with the Orpheus Choir of Cleveland. Ttiia choir in 1926 
went to Swansea, Wales, to coi«»«te in the Eisteddfod and 

10 Anne Linn Cheyney, -Jacqueline's Letter to the Hone Faia,» 
The Willlaosport Sun, June 15, 1029, n.p. 

16 WiUlwMport Sun»Gazette . Deceatoer 24, 1955, p. 19. 

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won tbm ocuqMitition for large group ciiorusos. Xr. EMaan 
placed in charga of th« aastarn uivision of ASGAP in 
1934 and in 1947 MMsad« naatl of tlM oaaoart division. His 
interest in local jaasic mm recognized bgr the d^ication of 
a concert to his anamory by the WilliaiBsport Civic Orchestra 
in 1953. 

17 Pr^anM of Kiliiaasport S3 

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PvaLZC SCHOOL misic 

By th» 9p*nLag of the twentieth century th« value 
ot mumio in tn« wahool carrlculuja waa ^«ginnias to >c 
reallEGo, Records Indicate that the first cloaoroora in- 
struction '7 8j>ociai teachers canie to PittabiJrgh in 1344. 
The introduction of sauaic In the othor larger cltios foliaw- 
eU in more or less closo success ion. 

In v/ililaasport guslc was first introduced into 

tbs pu&lic schools la October of 1531. laeanor rioagland 

2 . • 

was the first ausic supervisor, y^y 

Only the prii^ry teachers engaged in the expsriaeot 
the first year, a very sisal 1 ssi^r of these teachers knew 
aa^mog at all a Kwt ausicf aone had stuiiied It for the 
purpose of teaching. However, "a large aajority took 
hold of the work with interest and dsteraination" so that 
the r©9ult was "beyond eKpec tat loos •* 

The next year ausie was exteiKied through the inter- 

1 GertinKiG :?artln Hohrer. Music anfl IBBMiicians of Penasyl* 

vania, p. 11. 

2 Ai nal r:cport of tho UlI^«W»rt :>shool v:i3trict for 


otmc. wit «ijn»o 

-latni •!!» : mm okiam ifi»T 

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Mdlat* grades, Ml«» Boaglami visit o4 siglity-tKO schools 
twico s aontb. Sho found that the work mss rathor hard in 
the larL'c assoahly rooas. Host of the tsaolMTS woro 
•ti«i<l" hut "in 90Q0 of the rooas the work mss vry good," 
Xoprovosieat of tone was Miss Hosfiland's chief objective. 
She requested that pitch pipes l>e supplied all teachers. 

In 1^06 Miss Jessie laino bocaas aosic suporvisor. 
B^ this tiae ausic had been extended into the hi4;h school 
sod progress was being aado in all grades. The teachers 
BOW had pitch pipes which proved to bo of valuable aid. 
Many schools could now "sing through poges of exercises up 
to pitch while heretofore they would be out of tune at the 
end of tho first exercise and continue worse to the end of 
the lesson," This was considerod "worth a year's work." 
Efforts wore laade to olevat© the aiisical taste of 
pupils by giving the "best song's la-ocurablo" to all iprades. 
Miss Kline devised a systca of aonthly outlines to obtain 
aore uniforaity of wora:. Stories of Lives of ?Iusiciana 
were placed in the sixth grade as suppleaentary readioij. 
This was intended as a start in a chronological study of 
the great ausic ians. 

4 Ibid , 

3 Annual Rep ort of the Public Schools of l/illi aasrxyt for 

G Ibid. 

AT eef ian« 



Kiss Kline cancludMl h«r work a9 auslc aap«rvisor 
in Hay of 1910. At tho enci of this school year a concert 
givon by fourteen hun<3r«<l childron friw all over tho 

city. It was to everyone's satisfaction that they avAg 

•with precision and aociiraoy of tone," 


In 1910 Lillian M. Reider Ueca«s nasic supervisor. 
KMCh of the story of the developaent of ausic in the public 
schools of K illiaJtsport is e«bodietl in her w<wW, As super- 
visor of ausic froa 1310 to 1036 Mrs. Reider won the 
highest respect anU gratitude of ths entire coamunity for 
her zeal aaU devotion to her work. Hundreds of aen and 
woaeii ewe their interest in good anaic to the fact that 
Mrs. Seider accepted her assigfiasat »• aore than a Job 
or position. She looked upon it as a aission. 

Raving received her ausical training at Cornell 
University she suppleaented her original study with 
suaaer courses from tiae to tiae. Always alert to iaprov* 
ing her aethods of teaching she never nissed an opporttiaity 
to attend conventions to exchange ideas with other super- 

7 Annual Ueport of the Public Schools of i illiasasport for 
1910 » 1911 , p. 36. 

3 The Williaasport Sun, July 25, 1340, p. 8, 


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■m* ICidM* put lauch Ofl^Iiasls on toacliine tbo school 
<All(lr«ii to road ausic and to sing on pitch. Sh« trainod 
the various grade school teachers to carry out tbo proiTui 
add flBMle periodic visits to each grade to chock tho 
students* progress. 

Observance of National Husic V^k, was instituted in 
the Williaaaport Schools in 132U at which tiae hunurous of 
school chilxlren troa the ^^rades Joined in laass concerts 
with tho Higli School Glee Club. Kany forocr students 
recall the thi*ill of joining in sin4;in42 with such a £;roup« 
Clad in white and placed on bleachers extending tier upon 
tier on the stage the pupils exhibited the practice and 
training they tiad undergone. 

Xosic aeoory contests were also an i^ortant annual 
event, tly aeans of these, school children were introduced 
to tho aaatorpiocoa. In the spring thoy asseoblea at tho 
high school to be tested on their recognition of then. 
Those lAo successfully passed the tost proudly wore pins 
which wore awarded tbea. 

One of tho earliest aabitiona roaliced by ?£rs. 
Eeider was the fonaatioa of tho High School Orchestra. 
This occurred in 1314 soon after the new hifib school was 
built. When ansio was requested tor the opening of the 
new building Hrs. Reider trained about tifo dozen instru- 
■eatalists to play for the dedicatory program. 



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&*•• Rei<lor folt It was laQwrtant to train children 
at as early ag« to provlda a £t>od nucloua for hl^ school 
aatorlal* To this ond she put hor efforts into (M<saiiis» 
lig a grade sciiool orchestra in Dsosal»er of 1314. Basio 
to this, violin classes were foniea. The seaborshlp of 
these classes eventually rooohed 236 In the grades aad 




hlsh school. Fiv»5i Instructors wars rsqulrod. t ^k^' 

First violinist la this first orchestra uas a 
frsshaan, Osborne Housel, the present director of Instru- 
aental ttislc at the hl^h school. Pianist was Sloanor 
Sebrlog Karaaa. 

After Krs. Relder had organised the orchestra 
Professor C. S. Shields took on the duties of director. 
Professor Shields taught bond Instruaeats in a studio 
la Tlarket Square. He gave two hours of class instruction 
Mtoh week to all hlj^h school orchestra aMribers. On Hon- 
dSQTt WMaasdar and Priclay aornings the orchestra app sa r sd 
In chapel. On Tuesday and Thursday the Kandolln Club play* 
ed uador the direction of Profsssor Gustav r.lioimnn. 
Professor Shields also directed the T. H. C. A. Orchestra 
irtilch was cooposod mostly of high school students. 

He also directed th« Grade School Orohostra which 

Tbs muiaasport Sua . July 20, 1945, p. 4« 
10 The Dally Gaaette and amiotla . Movsaber 12, 1024, p. 


9 c^ 


its IzUtlAl app««rano« at a higH aohool assoably on 
3, 1315. 

A piniMicl* in Jfrs. Reider's aiabltioua uodortalcloga 
MM thm organization of the Higti 8«lMOl Band in 1:;25. TlM 
band Naa forswd to raapoad to a raquest for a nusioal unit 
for a state oslstiration now forgotten* 

Mrs* Ksid«r rooallod thlo as a oost difficult pro- 
ject bsoanaa of ths lack of funds. Tier budget Mas $75.00 
at the tiae. nowever, ^s built up coawnity Interest. 
Vitb tbe airport of Ibjor Soagland aaa such inaiviUuols 
as Eimest Oavis» Walter 9oiMan» Cbarlos .^kufk, Ciiorlos 
arewaell, and Pk*edariok Hanson the wgatiization of the baad 
Mas realized, me Tetsqits aaad aod tlie Aaarioan Legioa 
Bsad helpea by delating instruaents. The Parent -Teachers 
Association with Vr9* STei^ton Chatbaa aided greatly by 
sultscrlbin^ funds for instraasats and for the salary of 
the hsodi director. This i£i*oup continued its financial 

support until the williaaaport School Ooard aade allowanco 

for the band in its badi^t. TlM hand's first uniforas 

consisted of cherry and white paper caps and dark trousers. 

Kshsarsals of both the band and orchestra were held in 

Trinity Parish House because of the objection of other hi|^ 

school t sQcbars to the noise. 

11 The hHliaa^>ort Sun, August ai, l^SO, p. IG. 

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tiM lauaical projects for which Hrs. RttlUar Mas 
greatly responsible was the securing of a $10,000.00 
Mollor pipe w^an for the hitjh school. In hor visits to 
the city schools lira, Reider aroused the enthusiasa of 
all the school children to bring pennies for the organ 
fund. A cosmittee of citizens was f(»raed with Mr. Cliorlos 
G, Ourk as chaiman to raise the needed aoncy. The Paront- 
Teacher Association also gave its support. As a result 
the (»*gan was presented to the school October 5, 1^22. 
A plaque to this effect was placed in the hig^ school. 
Mr. Frederic Ifanson was the architect for the organ. 

Mr, T. LeRoy Lyaan served as school organist tor 
soao years. Later Paul Daugherty fillod the post; finally 
Students were allowed to play the orjan. 

When Mrs. Reider resigned as ousic supervisor in 
1935 her interest did not wane. She t<^s active in the 
Susquehanna Valley In-and-^^bout Music Club and Mational 
Music Eklucators Club in both of which ah9 was a past 
president. She was prominent in the Pennsylvania State 
Education Association, having been chairoan of the lausic 
section in 1932. She was given an honorary aenbership in 

the Williaasport Music Club and often served on cocmitteos 

for state casipetition imisic festivals. 

12 The hilliaasport Sun, July 20, 1945, p. 4. 


. 'iz. 




BeeauM l&*s. Relder'a interest lay in her foraer 
students , the Lillian X. ReiUer Male Chorus was tormnil. 
On August Vi , 193C, a group of «sa who had sting in JftB, 
Relder's sale quartets between 1)1? and 1935 aet at Leo's 
Dining Roon, Quest of honctf' was Xrs* Raider to wh(Mi joth 
the party and the plans were a surprise. The group 
wished to L>scoa« active as an aaateur singintf <»*sanization 
with the purpose of providing siusical ontertaimnent for 
civic and coaaunity affairs* 

After 1J36 others were added to the chorus. Accoo- 
psnists have i>eea ^ther noa^lanat HawftTd Reese and i:ieanor 
Earnan. Presidents have been Andrew Winter, Charles Shooter, 
Ernest Lei^h, Forrest Condon and Archibald Roacland, 

The gTMV enjoyed auch popularity. Aaon^ its cn- 
gageasnts was as appsaranco at the Pennsylvania Polk Pesti* 
val in Keaorial Stadiua, Bucknell University. At this event 
the chorus provided their own stage settinj^ of seaaen*s 
paraphernalia as they appeared in sailor aiddies to slag 
a ip^oqp of sea chanteys. 

Mtaaa the chorus was forced to break up during world 
w«r II Xrs. Keider ixaintaineu postal headquarters at her 
haae. She saw to it that a steady flow of correspondence 
slowly but surely found its way to each of the aen scatter* 

13 The Killiaasport Sun, August 17, 1936, p. 4 

-rT ntrrr' 

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•d all aver tlM world.^^ 

Vtma the \mr •nd«U the groBp reoriranlzod la 1D46. 
AlthoMgh Xr«« ReiUer was in her el|;hty-*f Irot yr tfie 
renHMd dii^ection of the croup with sprightly ea«rg7. 
The chorxis reaained together for a few yeara until Krs. 
Raider loft the city to live nith her son at Weat I^eania, 
Ifasaaehuaetts, where she now realdas* 

Tha City of iUUaasport haa reaUsed the s^at 
Gontrihution Hra. Rcider haa aade toward helping younr; 
people to appracUte ausic. She haa baea the recipient of 
aeveral honors. She received a citation at a aran<lon Pai^ 
CoMamity Sin;; in 1341. A concert by the Willianaport 
Civic Oroheatra on Deoaabar 6, 1960, was dedicated to her. 
One of the aoat covetiKl prizes at hi^;^ school coosaKsnccacnts 
la the one sivea by the Parent -Taachar Association in ?{rs. 
Raider's honor. It recognises "high aeholarship, excell- 
in ayaic aad aost willing asd da|»aadable aervicc." 

"Wharavar Krs. Reider aovad In this cosaaunity auaic 
want with her - and it lingera on in her abaence through 
aearea of acn and waaaa wba continue to draw pleaaure froa 
tha anaic appraoiatioa ahe gave thea*"^^ 

14 Tha willlaaaport Siyt . Hay 4, 1943, p. 4, 
16 The WUliaaaport S^a, S^y 23, 1952, p. 3. 
16 Ibid. 

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turn* Xrs. R«i(i«r left ttia acbooi. igrstMi ttMure has 
IHMQ no ousic 8upei*vlsor av«r all the schools. In 1341 
Louis* Stryter itos appolntod sopsrvlsor of th« grsds 
MlUMls. Miss Strykwr ba4 taught auslc at Cur tin Junior 
Ilgh School froa 1335 to 1341 after sraduating froa Te^lo 
Tteiverslty. She lator receivsd hw «ast«r*s dsjcrse thers. 
Pollowing her wsrk in the grade sehools Kiss Stryker wsnt 
to Stevens Junior nigh School nhere slM *ias In charge of 
ousic. In 19S6 she was appointed to teach ausic at ths 
Higli soiiool. Hiss Stryker is also organist and choir 
ciirector of the Ieirt>erry Kethodist Church. 

Following Louise Stryker, Dooald Frsed was appoint od - 
to w^ervlse ausic in the grafOss* Wm tfsvsloped a Si»ll 
orohestra eoivotsd of grade school children. In 1980 he 
was transferred to assist in the instmoental prograa at 

ths high school. 

In 1 >3C Deloyce Barringtoa was hired for instrunental 
teaching in the grades. John v, Tetersoa was also atfdod _- 
to assist In the instrutsental work at the high school. This 
includes direction of th* hand In outdoor perforaanoes ouch 
as football gaaes or parades. 


After the High School Band was first organised tqr 




m»0 U»itlWf amrlM» IToU vaA VilliMi Gowera w«re oarly 


OmrlmB Xoll, a bond ImmIm* for mora than forty- 
•ovoa yeare» boo dircctou tho Junior Ropaoz rkmd, tho 
Citismis BMd of South i^Ulioaoport , tlM L X Qandv 
t!n Vlllijuaaport Wlro Ropo Buid, ths HuiKor Citizono 3ana 
and tuo Jww&f Shof aond. Mftny local rosldont* roaM^or 
tiM KixopUoae quartet of whioh Kr. IToll «rm a naolMrt 
ubioh ploywi carola at Cbristaaa tlreugh tbe olty. Ttot 
otbor pillars More LoKoy SchoU, Patar £• Solnaidar aad 
hoaley Xmuff . At aionlsht tha 0P«qp alMaya coacludaa 
thalr caroUias ^ playing Holy Hight fro* tha balfry 
•f St* Mark* 8 Lutharea CburoU. For tha paat five years 
Mr» Voll Has boon airoctor of inatruaental ooaic at tha 
eaatern Pil^rlB Holiaosa Collasa at /aiontowa.* 

Mr. Gowers Kaa froa Kuncy. He ooae to tho hlQti 
school oaly for bona practice* 

In 1927 Gaorga LalMaa baeaaa haad ooU orohaatra 
director. Ha was aupplantad by J» Moi'nard Wettlauf«»r in 
1330 whan ha loft tUo city to take a poaition at tha LoA 
Havon State Teachers* Collego.^ 

17 Tac iilisMport Stttt«Qe»atta. Daoairtbar 24, 1965, p. 
13 TIM VUliaaaport San, Aiaguat 31, 1360, p. 16. 
19 VdA . 

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Dr. J. Kaynard v^ttlaufw Is a product of th* Vill* 
iMMport soUools. Sioo« I»«giattia8 lii* stuuy of tha piano 
and vloXia at tha age of six ha baa advancaa atcadily In 
auaio to :>ecoae aatioaally raco^ised for his brilliaut 
•SSS^plislMaata with school tiands* 

AltfMM(2h he was prfxainent in tha ausical organiaa* 
tions of tlia high school, tia aatarad Colgate University the idea of becoming a elMsiat. HoNvver, after %fln- 
ikiiig a ousic scholarship th^r^e, be gava up science for 
. car..r ta «>,lc.'' 

Olpsa graduation in lC}2a Us usiit to the higti school 
at Harrisburt:, Illinois, whore he directed band and orch« 
estra for oaa year. Following that ho Joined the faculty 
sf Vorth Dalcota Uaivoralty as head of tl^ string depart » 
sent. In 1330 he returned to his ho«s town as instruaontal 
director in the hi^^ school. In his spare tiae he studied 
violin with K. Hart Dugbss and played in the TimiiiMUMii t 


Symphony .^ During the soaaar aonths he studied at the 
Sherwood Cooservatory at Chicago whara he received a ousic 
dagrae in Iddd* 

In 1986 lb*. Wettlaufer loft ifilliaxisport to talcs the 

20 Grit . Hay 30. 194a, Saws Section, p. 2. 

21 kiiliao^yort Sua^Ggusette . Deoaahar 24, 1355, p. 7. 
« Ibicl. 




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post of nrnalc director of the schools at Prc^port, Long 
Islanil. rurlni: ^is twenty years there he has gained 
national faae for his bands and orchestras. Ills groups 
have pcrfontsd at sany Important events auch as pro- 
fessional t>aseball gflUMS, Madison Square Garden affairs 
and aovie premiers. Television viewers MEttched Dr, 

t#ettlaufer and his band laarch up Fifth Avsnue in Macy*s 

gigantic Christnas parade on Thanksgiving Day in 1^)55 • 

After taking his present position at Freeport Dr. 
Wettlaufer continued his study to attain his laaster's 
dsgree froa Sew York University and his doctor's degree 
in anisic from ^e\< York College of Xusic in 1950. 

Hunerous articles by Dr. Wettlaufer have appeared 
in "Ktude," "Musical Journal," "Instrumentalist," "School 
Musician," and others. Ke has also written a text bo^ 
"Suildlng a Show Jland," for the use of young band oasters. 
In addition he has written several susical shows for 
leading Hew York companies. 

Dr. Wettlaufer has supervised the Kassau County 
orchestra prograas; he is a asaber of the executive 
board of the iTew York State School Music Association} he 

23 Ibid. 

24 Ibid. 

otAD MUMS mitil IMM tai\vmltf^ 

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1« listed in "Who's Nho in ?<u8lc."^ 

Folloiriag Dr* i/«ttlaufer, Osboma Rousel b«c«BO — 
direct (u* of instruaeotal ausic in the higti school. 

Bora in Pbil«Ml«lphia on Dsosahsr 16, la-iJ, OslKsms 
ISMsl cam* with his faoily to this city at the ago of 
five. On his sixth birtfKiay he mss given a druci. Be 
Uiscarded this y^ry soon in favor of a violin given his 
by an uncle who Mas in the ousic buslnosa in Muncy. After 
eight years of study with Oustav Klieoann ho continued 
violin uith E. Hart !^bee. Re playod in tho Wiiliaosport 
t y m n h ony's first concert under Hir« BHgbss in I^IS. Having 
started in the last chair of the second violins he advancoU 
id-thin four years to tho first chair of ths second violins. 

At the oncoura«sa«»t of fb*. B w g^e e hs ifsat to Hqv 
Terk i^ere he studied for two years with Frans Kneisel. 
Upon his return to Williaasport IM Altered into a versa- 
tile anisioal career. Besides doing soae toaching aou 
occupying ths first chair as concertaeistor of the 
Wiiiiaasport Syaphony (^chostra hs sppear^l frequently as 
a soloist} ha also played in the theaters and had his own 
daaos orchestra. 

An unfortiaoats sijht weeks SMgngsasnt at a dance 
hall in Doidcirk, Vsir York, prompted hia to give up his 

2^ Q«*lt . Hoy ao, 1943» Hews Section, p. 2. 




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donoo orchfistra. Th« mu tiho bail hired th«a diwpp— f d 
witliout p«7ins tboir feoa. TCr. nou««l aMiuaiod the re«pon« 
•ibllity to pA7 aaob Mm firoa his own poekat. 

Aftar giving; up tho danco orchestra Mr. Bouse 1 
taught with ?fr. Bugbae. He also tauc^t violin classes in 
the public schools until 1936 when he he<»«e instruaental 
director at the high sohool, the positisa he now occupies. 
Nhile teaching in the high school Xr. Housel pursued 
studies at the Sastann School of M[usic until he reccivod 
his Bachelor of ?tusic de0*e«« 

Hr. Hoiasel has been active in the Pennsylvania 
■Mie Educators Association. He mm prosident of the 
central district in l^ii&i be has often ctmducted auditions 
and sectional rehearsals for the ausic festivsas} hs Imm 
conducted on the pr<H7'aas of th« association several tines. 
For six successive sumeners he Mas guest conductor at the 
Tally Bo Music Ca^p in ITsw York State. 

Xr. nousel is at present the onductor of the 
tifilliaBSport Syaphooy Orchestra disousMd in an earlier 


With tht> succession of directors the ausic progrwt 
of the high scnool has enlarged its activities. 

The band has increased froa its original size of 


in flMTt) nzn xLatte tJitt t-f v 


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s.n Gt* ','«rrr».ftXi5» e«ri ieorJae r^ 


tiMnt7-flvtt SMibers to about one hnadiMkl timnty«-thr«e. 
Traveling in throo buses th« bmoA plsys at out <-of -town 
football aal basest ball gMMS mm trail as tboso at hoow. 
It plays for civic paraiclss* 

AltlKNigli tbs band la ioainly subaidized by th« School 
District a BanU Parents Association mtpplies and cares for 
uniforas. The band aakes a saart a^p««*ance in its cherry 
maA whito unifonto preceded by a higb^steppiog group of 
■ajorets. The girls have received instruction during the 

froa Oliver Helarich, local nationally known bnton 



With the close of the football soason the eaphaais 
shifts froa the band to the orchestra. 

Forth-three years has seen the orchestra aoisbcrship 
fro* twenty-five to over fifty, 

Xk*. Housel, the j»*esent director, recalls that amay 
havs taken place. The orchssti^a of ldl4 consistsd 
of violinsi 'cellos, clarinets, cornets, druas and piano. 
Ths instrtiaentatioa of the present orcbostra is 13 violins, 
ft violas, 4 •cellos, 2 string basses, 4 flutes, 4 ciixrincts, 
3 saxophonaa, 2 oboos, 1 bassoon, 5 French norns, 4 trump- 
ets, a troabones, 1 tuba, 1 tiflq;>ani, 'J percussion and a 


*• flEil» Oct«^r 16t ■•H* Ssction, p. ID^ (1955) 
27 Grit . Deooabar 13, 1955, 5few8 Section, p. 3G. 

iy I .Eli';. ' * ■ ■>*'%1[ti9fi1/ 

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Another inter oat inc oooparison of the oarly and 
pr«s«at orcli««tra« Is the chance In personnol. >/hll» the 
«arllor orchestra had only ohout thro« girls ths prss«Bt 
otts tmm aors Qirl9 tbaa tx^s. 

TIM Bleb School Orchestra proviUes ■usic for various 
iOlMoi ma coowmlty affairs. During Susie Wools the group 
appears in concert in tho Junior hi-h schools. Durinc the 
•ohool tcra the orchestra as weU as the band plays for 
otepel prosroas. The two organizations appear in ooe 

foraol concert each spring. A tiaace orchestra also fur- 

nishes the aosic for senior ana junior hifih parties. 

Dirine the school tern one period a day is given to 

tlie hand aad one to stringed instrui^nts. Thsse elates 

aay be ohosen by tho student o as elective subjects. 

Since 1333 soanor ousic prograas have been carried 

on in July and August. In 1045 tho tiae was increased 

fron si>: to ei[^t weeks. Hero sooo of the school cbiiaron 

get tlisir first experience with iastruoents and continue 

with instrtatents of their choice tbroagli the school tero. 

Lsssens ore given on all instrunents as well as baton 

twlrliBg, rifle spinning and the mdiasnts of precision 

28 Ibid . 

29 Ibiu . 
80 Ibid . 




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In tiM saaaer of 1030 over six hundred studonts 

froA tho throe ;}unlor hi£ha and the •enlor hlgli school 

took aUvaataco of this prosram. 

men SCHOOL oioral orodps 

In tho oarly nlaeteen«t%ieotio8 Hiss Emm^ Kiess 
MBS in clisrss of the glee olubs* SIM is reaeaberea for 
lier lovely voice and her frequent oppeorancds as a solo- 
ist with tho glee clubs. In addition to her school work 
siM also taught voioo privately. 

Aa exteasive choral protraa has been developed dur« 
ing the past thirty years under the direction of Hiss 
Katbryn Riggle i4ho caae to the hij[;h school in 1^20. Hiss 
Louise Stryker was appointed vocal diroctor when Hiss 
Riggle retired in 1356. 

Aasae the choral groups are a aixod chorus, a senior 
glee club, sirls* trioa and other saaller grmq>s. A boys* 
quartet specialised in barber shop haraoay. All theso 
orpuiisatiaiM appew* frequently at service clubs and on 
other prosraos* 

Classes ia ousic thoory are also taucht as elect ivo 

31 willisasport Sun-GasettOp July 5 1356, p. 10. 

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At tbm Curt in Junior Higb Sobool isisio uireotors 
tew !>•«& XiM Xolli* M«is> Xi88 Louise Stryicor, fUM 
BliaalMth Sins sua Mr* EiciiarU Sloyjaugh. Tin Jjittsr tvo 
•r« pr»««atly in cubits* of voeai aou instruoGntal work 

At the Stevens Junior ni^b ^ios Pauline Lloyd , 
Kiss Louise Strylcer tana ot present Hiss Pliyllis Courtney 
have direeteU the aosic progntfu 

At the Boosevelt Junior Rlsh School Hiss Florence 
Kilsoa woo tho first ausic toochor. Siss Wilson ba<l been 
an aaella>> teacher at the Ja^soa School. During tho 
siMssMm she stuaioo ausic as w^st Chester ana took tfork 
with Bollis Daim* Khsa the new Roosevelt Junior nigh 
SsiUKil was built sho was appointed ausic uirector there* 
After a loas aatt ciistinsuishoa tera of service she was 
jMOoesilsd hy Mrs* Letha Sincor tfetRMXi&r in 1J8^« 

In the early aineteen-thirties an orchestra was 
Started by Oshorne Sousel in the aominu'S before school. 
Mhoa Wtm Housel w«nt to the high school in X9B6 E. Hart 
H^lhoe took over the orohestra. Later !lrs* GlnUys Crooor 
Kle^caer was appointed to diroct iostruaental work* She 
aaa lirs* MoMOOHer directed tho ausic prograa until 1^01. 
At present Seaoeth Ifasterson is Instrustontol director. 
Aqr Steo^er was appointed in 1950 as vocal diroct <»<. 

r^'WtX^ ^g.^'Ki »'iU 

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3 em 

All tlic Junior hlshs iaaintaia ninth grade choru«6«, 
slxed slo9 olut>s, boy cboirt, Qirl9* gl«o clubs, bonds anU 
gr«b««tras* Spaoial and •laborats |»ageant8 and oporattas 
ara praMotad aaoli r«ar* 


TIM afforts of tha priatfy «ad aMooUary schools to 
ifl«»lant In cixlldroa an appreciation of ausic hava succaaaad 
In Wllliaaaport on a fraqoaocy wall aMva tha avoraga for 

nniiiinlttm of tbla siaa. Haay looal young people bava 

gons on to aBaioal careers. 

I^llowina !• a list of aany who having asda aarious 

auaic thair profasaion are eagagad in concert work or 

taaohiag la acboolsi 

KLaiaa Siiaffert Graduate of Curtis Xnstituto of Ttuaic) 
flautist with Kansas City SgrapHsagr and Houston 
a| f p i! isny ; concert work in this country and in 
Baropat aarriod to Cfraa Hurtz, ooaductor of tha 
Liverpool Orcheatra in Baglaad.'^ 

DaiMld Voorbaaai Conductor of Dell TeXaphooe Orchestra. 

Robert Swan I Graduate, Eustaan School of Ibiaic; San 
Antonio Syai^ony orcheatra i bead of percussion 

32 The iv'illiaasport Sui|, Siarch 4, ia55, p. 1. 

aa Milliaa^>ort 3un^<iaacttc . Daoaabar 24, IJOS, p. 6. 

iittnsi iVjli 


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inatrwusents ana business aaoafitr of Radio City 

Kussell Hillert Stuaied violin Kith Osborne Housel and 
Florence D^vrey of Dickinson Jr. College} graduate 
of Juilliard School of Music | S«« Orleans Symphony { 
on faculty of Suckaoll University; now on faculty 
of Jlorth Texas State College. ^^ 

Bslle Piticei Miss Mabel Rothfuss in in*ivate lifet graduate, 
Peabody Institute of Music $ soprano with Don Carlos 
Opera CompsLjaf in Sew York. City. 

John Kintersteen} Staff organist for Anerican Broadcasting 
Ca^pMor in ITew T<Hrk City} solo organist for Para* 
■ouat Theaters in Denver, Dallas, Sasbville and 
Cedar Rapids and for Kivoli ana Rial to Theaters la 
jfs» York City} staff <xrgaaist for national Inroad- 
oastins Coiapany; radio and television; known today 
as "Johnny hint or s and his Keyboards." 

Pearl Applegate 3oylei Studied piano locally with Blanche 
▲liplegate and Mrs. Prank Otto; i;raduate. Pea body 
Conservatory of Music; on faculty of Marcum School, 
Srya Mawr and Curtis Institute of Music; co-director 

34 Ibid . 

35 Ibiu. 
8« Ibid. 

with husband, the late George Boyle, of CU>yle Piano 
Studios In Philadelphia) now teaching privately 
in Philadelphia. 
Donald lYeedt (See chapter on Villlamsport Civic Sya^hony) 
BmLly Oavisi Graduate, Juilliard School of Husic; Ifastcr's 
fieigrse, 1347} taught piano privately in ifilliaasport ; 
on faculty of Randolph Kacon Woaan*s College 194 3 - 
1^51; now of faculty at Castaan School of Husic. 
Paul Harding) Graduate, Buckncll University, 1923} 

Xaster*s Tegree froa The Pennsylvania State Univers- 
ity, 1933 { attended Cincinnati CoU.s«;e of Music and 
Ohio State University; taught vocal and instrumental 
■usic at Hars, Pa., Corapolis, Pa., four suiaaer 
ssssions as string instructor at Pemi^lvaaia State 
University) sLx years teaching band and orchestra 
in evening school of Washington and Jefferson 

College) now at Washington, Pa. lAsre he organized 

a band of ninety persons in 1927. 

Osborne Houselt (See chapter on Music in Education) 

Haynard Wettlauferi (Sse chapter on Husic in Education) 

G. LeRoy Hsttlaufcrs Graduate, Colgate University, 192G) 

taaght at Aabridge, Pa.; director of band and 

assistant director of orchestra at Colgate; director 

37 Killiaasport Sun'^jgaette, Decesber 24, 1955, p. 3. 

■.tn*:*jTsm.e^n«,*T fr. 



lO JL 

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tc ,K*rtp r.ffs>TO lo 1at3s^ifc taa: 


ot ot*chC9tx-a aod t^aebtr of ttriiifieU inotruaents 
in A9bcvill«» 27. C.| now teaohiog in Cleveland 
R«i£lits, Ohio. 

Bmoo Boutekneolit : Oraduate, The P«anaylvania State 

UaiversitjT, l;)33; !^8ter*8 Dagrae* Gaataan School 
of ataftiei Mpanrlaor at Xiltoa, 19d8| l^4G to 
preaent, teaching in Joliet, Illinois, uliere his 
Mile with the Joliet ToMoahip Bigb SoIkmI Band liaa 
HOB hia aatimial faoe; concertaaater of the Jollot 
Synphaay QrelM^rat Hated in 1948 edition of 
"WTio'a Hho in iftiaic.*^^^ 

Bathar Xafatea Meaachi Graduate, Paabody Coaaervatory of 
MmHc} on an»ic faculty of Dickinaon Seainanr and 
private piano teaching in ivilliaMiport . 

■alaa Louiae Eiedjrt Gradaate, liiaataaB School of Kuaic} 
perforsior's certificate in voicef private atutiio 
for voice and auaic theory in hTliliaaaports 
director of Harian ChiMriatcrsi fraqneat soloist 
at Coaaninity Singa and othor local prograaa* 

Hory Hoaa Filler i Graduate, Eaataan School of Xuaio, 134T| 
taaabar of stringed instmasata in schools of 
harg» 9* Y.| teaching in ?larristowB, !7. J. 

S9 Kiiiiaaipart Son^Qaaatte . Daestfbar 24, 1963, p. 2. 
99 tmilaasport Suo*<iayette . Daoatfhar 24, 1985, p. 10. 


• "(.'»■«• 


Kiohfurd t Graiiuatc, Caataan School of Huaic} teaching 
at Kaaatch Acadei^jr* Mount Pleasant, Utah. 

Sttty PftrrlAgtoa Kroiaert Graduate, K'cst Chester State 
Teachttrs College, 1^47; music supervisor in the 
grade schools of Milton, Pa.; atusic teacher at 
Leigh Acadeaiy, Edinburgh, Scotlan4| saperrisor of 
■usic in schools of Calvert County, Pa.; elementary 
■usic supervisor of Springfield Towaahip, Pa.; 
dircctcn' of junior choix-s in Springfield Xethodist 

Walter Cupp, Jr.: Graduate, Hansfleld State Teachers 

College; director of musical broadcasts at Great 
L«lces Naval Traiain^; Station, Chicago; director of 
Waves* Choir at U, S. Naval Air Technical Trainint,' 
Center, Maaphis, Tenn. 

Daniel Bddinger: Graduate, I^astnan School of Music 1951; 
violist with Atla^ita Synphony Orchestra. 

John Rheat SfeM England Conservatory of Xusic 1957; truiap- 
etcr and ausic instructor in Havy School of llusic 
in Washington. 

Glen Law: Graduate, Eastman School of Music 1947; Master's 
Degree Coluaola University; Minneapolis Public 
Schools; University of Horth Carolina; troabonist 
with OLclahooa Syaphony. 

John Petersons Graduate, Hansfield State Teachers Colloge{ 



laift^^ ao^f1t0tl*na^ xyi^'- 

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gmdoat* work at Ithaca Coasurv^tory of Hudlc; 
ta«gbt in Xontgoaory Uiah School, Juniata ni«;h 
School, Kilt on High School; instructor in instru- 
asatal ouaic at VilliaM^^ort High School. 

Dorothy Housel Hegis: Graauate, iSaataan School of Music, 
IdSli teaching in public schools of P«rry, ST. T. 

Eliaabsth Siast (S«« Ciaptor on Syi^ony Orchestras, 

ssction on tht Prsssnt Civic Sj^mMMioy Orchestra) 

Louisa Strykert (S«« chapter on Kusic in Education, 
section on Kusic Supervisora) 

lary London nusssllj (See chapter on Music in Education, 
asotioa on Lycoain^^ Collegs) 

Aoao Wiiliaaaoa Bulls) &!*aduate, vestaiaster Choir Collsgs 
1949 I taught ausic at Southwest State Teacbors 
Colldgs, San )forcus, Texas; tau«;ht at Horth Texas 
State Teachers Collage and received aaster*s dagrss 
there in 1951 { frequent soprano soloist in Williaas« 

Pl(H*eaoe Lehaan Kaust; Graduate, Syracitsc University; 

organist at Third Stroot liethodist Church, St. Luke*s 
Lutheran Church and Lycoalag Presbyterian Chia*ch* 

•liaabeth Xiller Leach} Graduate, Diclcinson Jr. Collegs 

wid Saaqushaoaa University; private teaching locally 
and in Troy, Pa.; one seoester on piano faculty of 
t^rssslag College in ld55. 



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Rowara QoMnni Crftduate, Kantfisld Stat* TtAObirs Coll«g«t 
■DOic tupervisor at Loyalsock Townahlp Jr. High 
Schnol , 

Ttelaft Xil«a Dralnt Graduate, K«9t Chester Stats T«ftctei*« 
CoIl«s« in 1343f toachir^* in public schools of 
Dover, I>ttlav<are, 

Harrjr Rosco« Andr9w«t Graduate, West Chectar Stato Teaoli* 
•rs College 1J35| direotcir of chorus and band at 
■oMard Bigh School, itTllalnirton, DalaMare, 

torothy Peach Earriat Graduate, west Chester State Teach- 
•rs College ld49t misic suporvlaor In Ceatervlllc, 

Joaeph Suracei Graduate, Penm^lvanla Stmte Univeraityi 
recipient of Killiaa Haaon Scholarahip at Coluabia 
University in 1^55 f Associate in the AsMrican 
Guild of Organist s} editorial assistant for Xuslo 
Publishers* Holding Corporation in Hew YtMnci organ- 
ist and choir Blaster at Roaaa Catholic Church of 
St. Thotttfis the Apostle in Xsatettant supply organ- 
ist at Radio City ?Cusic BaU.^ 

Biriljr Rossvssr; Graduate, Lyosaing Colls^ IdSCf private 
piaBO tsASbiiig locallyi auaic teacher in Wonteomiuy 
and EXiaQ>ort grade schools. 

40 The tifilliaasport Sun, July 12, 1990, p. 9. 


Httl«a Reitaif«r Str«lf| Cradtiate, >if«stmla«tcr Choir Coll* 

9g» 1992{ KMiter*s D«gr«e 1363 1 vocalist on telo- 

visloni pr limit* piaoo teaching. 
Ana D«laaey} Graduat*, Cincinnati Conseurvatory of Xusic 

l')94} 7{ast3r*9 r«gr«« 1956 1 t«acher in public 

•elMOla at Allcntown. • 
iMWy Dattliagt Oraduat*, Syack Missionary Coll eg* 1954} 

teaching »uaic in schools of Steaa ?fill and Pias 

Run; private piano te(»chin<;. 
Alice Carl Xaguiret Graduate, T««pls thiiversity; churob 

«*SMiist and choir director in Chicago. 

Xa addition to theso others arc eagageu in private 
teachinti in KiiiiaflMport. n^as are included in the appen- 

Still others bava attained proslaonce in the fieLa 
of Ulster ousic. 

Dorothy Rasas Ernst appsars frsquently as a pianist 
aad a fls— nirl ori^anist in Miiiiaasport and in other citiosf 
^e had done ccmsidsrablo radio and television work aad 
also toacltsa piano privately in t/illiaaaport • 

Lillian Luptoa Cra^^aoy is Icoown ifidsly in Villiaas- 
port and surrounding areas as an accooplished organist) 
shs has parforaed fraquently at ths SUgs audit oriua for 
entertaiaaents and has had her oms radio projgraa, "Aunt 

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\ M bOB 

Lillian's Clilldren's ProcrflM" and "Lillian's Kitohftni" 
irtM is orjanist and choir director at th« ?funcy Daptist 
Church. ^^ 

lOright Xm^«7 is a asabar of tha staff of radio 
•tat ion WIUIC* He is kncwn tlirou^hout ; illiaNSport and tlio 
vicinity for his talent and originality aa a pianist and 
organist. He has had considerable theater experience, 
aad his piano and organ prf^sraBS are a regiular feature 
over the local radio station. In 1950 Xr. Kackey received 
a citation at the annual Coataunity Sins f<Mr his contril>u<- 
tion to the ausic of Williaasport« 

The BroMnlee Sisters oado their first public 
a^^aaranoe at a Kiddies' Sins ia 1^46* ifith this as a 
start the four sisters went on to achieve success in the 
professional entertainacnt field. Daughters of Kr. aad 

Ttrs. Russell nrownlee, they appeared with Horace Heidt, 

witli other leading orchestras and on radio aad television. 

Kiss Leab aell b^fan her auaical activities as a 

daaoiag-school pianist at the age of thirteon. At fifteen 

•ho played in the Lyric Theater , accoaponying tho silent 

aovias. She continued this work: far eigbteso years in 

41 Williaaaport Sun^Gagetto . July 3, 1956, p* 0* 

42 Grit . Aagnat 12, laGG, Hews Section* p. 41. 

43 Ibid. 

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vwiottt thcatars. Vith the uUvent of talliin^ picturoa 
all* wtnt into ais^X club work and providing; mutic for 
vai*i'>u0 organlsationt* R«contly sh« torwA a quartet knoun 
aa tho Chordett«9. Other aimbwa euro ?(r9. Vilatk Flakl>ein«r, 
truapet, lira, FXorenca Xoaato, basa fldUlo and atcuidolla, 
ana lira, iSlisabeth Goriol, guitar and banjo. 

John ^icoloai and Jerry Kohlor have achieved recog- 
nition locally aikd la aurroundinc tovns for their dance 
orchestras, ^fention of than liaa been md« in the cluipter 
on dance orchostraa. 

A few of thoae who hanre had aucceaa in coe^osition 
are Dr. Tfiajmard ffettlaufor, Howard Reaae» Louiae Stryicer, 
John Wintorate«tt, Charlea Sweelojr and, in the popular 
field, Rlebard holfe. 

Still others too nuawroaa to aention have eafagad 
la auaic aa aaaiteura. AH of theaa people have tiirou«;h 
their participation and Intereat furtiiored tlio developownt 
of auaic In W'iiiiafliaport . 

LYcoxzvG cauusm 

I9rer aineo wiiiiaaaport waa a aaall locgiae town 
ita a aai o al aad cultural ncoda have been aerved by the 
iaatitutlon now Icnown aa Lycoaing Colloga. Tatabliaheu in 

44 Grit, October 30, IdSG, Social Section, p. 1. 

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1312 9M .iUiuaafort AoaaMur its pwrpose ftt fir at uas to 
t««ch tl}2 t^uhj;. la 1?43 th« Mlidol b^eaat WlXliuHipQrt 
Dickiason St^slnary vrith aa aaqmiidad program to iacluda 
2iiski«r graiiiaa aati c<>llo^« prttpguratory wor^c. In 192') it 
bccaaa Dltfciaaon Junior Coll*£«, addlnj^ tuo ytars of 
collags to Ita preparatory worS:, Ftswiiiy in January, 1^47 
tba Mliool IAS authorised to asauao its prvasat rol« as 
a aaoior liboral art a collQiio, With thio the preparntory 
daj^artasat ims dlacontintiail and tlia ]M*ea«nt naaa Mas 

Iftt^e ima givea aach oa^jhaata at the Sandnary siany 
I^Hara prior to iH'^ introduction of auaic into the public 
aaiMMla of VllXiaiMpori. It ima natural that tboaa 
daairiag auaical training would grasp tho opportunity to 
study there. A glanco throu^rh the seliaol*8 eatalogiiaa 
reveals the nai»«8 of aaay looal resitfeats i<^o studied 
ausic th^v aod appeared on recital prograas. Faculty 
■aabsra thr«agl> the yeara have Infl u s a ss d and to a larga 
dsgrae coatributed to the fmaieal life of the osaaHaity, 

Oas of the eerlieat teachers on record Mas Gustavus 
Toolkler uho canst to the tctesl in liTl and raaaiaed twaaty 
years as an instruaiMital and vooal instructor. His nark 
with the Geraan choraaes of the city has twon desoribod 
in the chapter on Choral Qrganiaatioas* During his tiaa 
a noraal coarse of one y^ur was offered to aoet the 4i 

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for coapotont ouslc toacliera in t!M «r«a« Adaiasion to 
tlM olMHi M»o Uy a dipiosm for tha pr«torltMKl thros year 
onaic courae or by eacsMlnation* T!m noraol coursa con- 
sist od of ioatruction tsy a Gsraoo profossor, obsorviag 
■itliods of t each L Off, practice tsoohing and "cultivation 
in taste through coacorta*" Up<H) ooBq;>Xotion of this 

courae a dipltKa and t2ie degree vt Sactielor of ICusic was 


Baoorda froa iaa4 to 1903 list the following 
teachers in aciciitioii to Professor Voolklcrt ITellie 
]f« Lake, AlUe K. i3atea, Ifary LilU;u2 Quion, EUon Soptiia 
KaaaoK, instructors in instruoontal ousici 2fra« Kate £• 
Purvis and Anna Metta Gibaon, vooai instruct or 8| A^oea 
Louise HileSf Ifary Warthaan Seeley, piano instructorsf 
Arestus B* Baker, violin teadieri and Charles S, Shields, 
instructor in (;;uitar, banjo sad aandolin. Hr, Shielda* 
work with the hi^h school groups has been mentioned earlier 
ia this clApter* 

During these yoars foculty recitals and artists* 
courses were givon for the benefit of all intoreated local 

In 11)04 Nsry Triable Stuart, a local person, 
to DicScinaon SsMinary as bead of the ausic departaent 

4;* UatalQ.:ue of DicJginscM) Seainary . 18d4*ld36, p. 40, 


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i4i«r« ^ttm taogtit piano for about ten yoaro. »wy local 
r««i<l«ats mm their 2su»ic«a training to thi« ••te«Ms<2 
■Mician. m» wrk HM been di«ctt«ied mmm fully in the 
ohaptor on Jfijuiciami of the Later Hlaeteenth MMt Barly 

TMMrtiet^ Century. 

AawthM* aueician of pr«ainonce who cmtm to tl» 
Seainarr ia 1904 was Dr. Kill George Sutler. Dr. autler 
remiiie<Sl until 1D14. During this tiae h© taught striageA 
laatroaMita a«i awaic hlatory. Dr. autler achiewi faae 
thrott^out PanaaylVMia for hia offorta to preserve our 
folk ouaici a collection of hia oHmttacrlpts ia on permoeat 
f^implM^ at Barri*burg. In 1933 he waa calleu "the graateat 
liviag Paaaaylvania coapos-'r." H» conducted the flrat All 
State High School aanwiiony of two hundred playera b^fof 
the Pennaylvxinia i:xiucation Aaeociation at Harriahurg in 


Other teaohara of the early nlneteea-hunorccia 
included Cornelia Rose Ehrea, Jenaette Cowloa Vorce, 
KLriaa Landon Chandler, ilaache LaFewe Parlette and 
ftegina I^igley in piano) Mahel Gohl in piano and harwwyi 
S«n aiaaohe Xarot, Lulu Babb anti T'ior«aoo Vincent in 
voioei Ommtt mmm in violin. Roacoo Huff Maa Inatructor 
in orsnn. Hia iaportaat influence on the local acoaa 


HiUiaaaport Sun-Goaette, Deceitf>ar 24, 1950, p. 4. 


'3V :■ .!V •'Jii--'- "'-.'l: 

i.^ i-ES^iGX VZl*. -•*-'0*tBik £;^;4. 

bos been covorod in tlM ohapt<Mr oa CttoraJ. CM^sanlBatloas, 

Za tli« aiiiato«o*t«f«iitle8 PstiMr MitBiUtttn, later !frs* 
JiMts SMMht otam to the school as a piano instructor* A 
iooal r««id«at, alia Had gmduatad from tbe Faabouy loati- 
tute of lioaio* LatM> Hra« Sonach oponsd bar omd atudio 
at bar lioat miara aba taaobaa privately to the pre8<uit 
tiao. At the aaae tlae Murguorito Vellea Stiles ijas 
addad to the auaic flsoulty to teach violin aod theory* 

With the Qotahliahoont of the junior oolloo® in 
19M a two year courae ia anaic was offereti wbioh parallol- 
ed the first tvo yeara of a ausic cooaonratory. Thus 
aany local stuclonta to<& tho (Opportunity of getting a 
start on their oaiaic ouucatioa at cooaidarablo fimmciol 

Daring the late ninoteon*twentieti and ninotoon- 
tbirtiea MnsAA A« Richoy was uiroctor of tho ousic uopart- 
asat* Many local pianists raaeaber bia for bia aoperb 
auaiciaaabip and fino teaching ability* He*. Hichoy was 
proodLaeat in tbe ooaonoity for bia piano reoitals and 
choral condoctiag. Steny siii(;cra of tho city were aertbera 
of the CoUego Choral Club under ?&*• Ricb^'s diroction. 
He also served aa ori^uiist and choir ciirector for a BOilber 
of year a at St* Paul's Luthoron Gtanidi* 

At tbe sam tiae Marion Affhaosor aaa a aeabcr of 
tho piano dapartaiot. nias AffbattSM* tiaa also organist of 






St. Uilce*s Lutb«r&a Church, SM •■* **• Rlchwy ware kaom 
for their two-pifiao rocitals. 

CoaiBg in the tvontios and r«aaiaing throutjh tte 
forties were Mrs. Hyi^ra Batoa aiKl Floreaoe Dewey. 

»>•• QAtes who taujht voice and conciuctod the 
choral groups, was QotoU In the city and sm-roundin^ 
as a contralto soloist. Hor vocal o ns ea hle and double 
aalo quartets gave nuaerous prograas for the public and 
provided aasic for aany church affairs throughout the 
area. Aa annual event was the presentation of the 
at Pino Streot Church. Soloists wars hrought in froa 
Curtis Institute of nusic for this occasion* Several 
^a^rs who later roso to faos sppaarod here when thay 
ware students at Ctartis. Aiaonu thea wore Rose Seapton, 
Helen Jepsoa and Barbara Troxell. KTs. aatos is rsaeal)er« 
ed ^ bar laay forner students for hor interest and on- 
couracsMsnt in their work. For aany yoars she gava a 
voioe ssiiolarship to a sraduating senior of the williaias* 
port High School. In 1941 «rs. iSates received a cltetlf>n 
at a Coaounity Sing for hor contribution to tho ousic of 
Ifl^iaa^ort. In 1544 sIm retired froa teaching. 

Hlas Dewey taught violin and theory froa 1123 to 
1040. At this tiae violin students were nuaerous, and 
Kiss Dowey had an active violin enseablc. This group 
appeared fraqaeatly in recital and played for special 

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j^oy i .Lj. V, «,ji»v'ji^i<. 

tHroughout tlM 00— intty. MlM Dvway also s«rr*d 
«• choir Ulrcctor f sr a nual>er of years at Halt>erry Batbo* 
dist Churotk. 

la 1333 Carolia* MaOC easM to tlM school as head 
of tha piaao dapartawnt followlxii; »r. Riohay. fUohard 
Welllvar, Jr., taoftht piano and organ froa 1934 to IdSS. 
Ifary LtsnUsOf Iat«r Ifirs* Glen Russollt caa«i as a piaiM 
iastructor In 13ZC, Aftar a yaar's ahaaass «*#• Itassell 
rattiraad as haati of the piaao capartatot la 1943 • 1lk*s« 
■asal &• Doray ^m^^ aildaU to tho departaaat ia 1943. Sha 
raaaiaad tyitil har daotb in 1)53. ?Qro. r:oroy and ifirs. 
i^usaeil angBgad in two^iaao tforb axtansively for taa yoars 
throughout tba aastern part of tha state. 

Xa 1946 Eva L. Orwi^; tattgM piano for one year. 

VlPQB 1944 to 1946 n*ad«riak Stevaas was head of 
tha attsia dapartatnt. Hr. Stevens taught voice and 

proainaat throofih hia solo a p ye sr aaces and his 
as director of the Consistory Choir. 

In 194u Ralter G. Mclver bocaew head of the «Mis 
departaaat* Sr« ]iclver*8 wm*k: tias haaa diacuaaod in the 
chapter on Choral Orsaaisations. The college a oappella 
ohsir haa ^oim and developed to a nicb degree under his 
leadership* It haa established a reputati<m as oog of the 
fine oollege choirs in tha i%st. At the invitation of the 
Xithodist Charsh of Great Britain the choir will sake a 


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concert tour of Englaiid in th« wwbi of 1967* 

With tlM ••t»bllsluMnt of the four y—r collo^o ia 
1947 local stuacnts iMr« givon the Mklod opportunity of 
«xt«adiag thoir oollese coutm to incltid* all four years. 

la ftiildltion to regular coUog* ttactentt otbor 
local resldeats bave talMs admuitag* of auaic couraoa 
of farad both during t!ie day and ia evening claaaea. 
Special students of all ai{e« are alao adaitted for 
private auaic study. Frequent rooitala are opea to tho 

Ifeat recent additions to tite auaic flaculty includU 
Jaaes tiT. Skeaffer in IMQ. !fir. Slieaffer teaches auaic 
appreciation. Be Ims also been choir director at the 
First Evaaeelloal United arethrea Church ami at the 
loataursTille Methodist Church. Dr. Ifatthew Uuidqtiiat 
taq^t theory froa 1950 to 19SGt wiiiiaa Ibucaoa case in 
1M6 to teach piano aad theory and to direct the college 
bead aad orchestra. Jams Bssrte Laadon case ia 1966 to 
teadi piano. Mrs. Landon is a gradimto of Lycoalaa Mid 
has been proMloettt as a piano soloist throi«bout the area. 
She is orsanist of St. Joha*s Lutheran Chui^ch and active 
ia atusic circles of the city. 

Beoent local graduatos in addition to 7(k*8. Latidoa 
«ho bavo beaa proaineat in naaical activities of the city 
are the foUowtngi Claor Kooaa, Albert Mortiaer, Jr, 

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RiebmrC Volf , Jos«phia« a a boa c fc , Vtaof HaU arons^, 
Jtartha Soars, mmtA tmutfap CaXHtnll Hatiiias, Jajr 
St«ii8«r, Doria Heller, ^Evleoe Carls Daaaeker, aiiljr 

onU !^ Ann Clraulo. 




K«oo(Ll«6tioii« of acyrly coiKsorts in Williaaspcrt 
alMRys bring forth tho ooae of Harry S« Si*ap0« It mm 
this big, giMd*4Hitur«d, friMMlly mn irt» btmaght to 
wiUiaaaport a touch of tlio ■iwtnal ologiMeo of tbo old 
liar Id • nstabliotiinf; cot^itacts wit a great ansicians and 
tbolr oflonts in ttk* poriod of 1900 to 1320, Mr. Krapo 
attraotod 9mm of the world* a aoat Urilliaat talont to 
tlw city for ooooorts* Soaa of t lie 00 wara liniaaa ftfttwiinn- 
laiak, Pfe>its nraialar, Jolu Pliilip Souaa and Goraldiaa nvror.' 

Br. Srapa apaat aoat of hiM Ufa in kfiiliaaaport 
until IK) died in 1944. n*oa 18^1 to 1 3J4 and aifoia in 
1897 to lJi)3 ha aorvad aa director of tba Rapasa Sana. Ho 
Naa a fina pianiat, having graduatad froa tba Vaw Kng^ftrvi 
Conaervatory of Xusic. Ha aaa alao a fine piano tuner 
and aieht nail have oaahod in on this talent in tba largar 
oitiaa MiMra h« waa wall knoua for hia ability in thia lioa, 
Saifavor be preferred to stay in T/iUiozasport where lit 
derived t3uch ploaourc in introdociag gr«iit auaic to the 
reaidcQto mImi sight othorwiao have bcon deprived of the 

1 '/HliMMport Sun-Gnzctto . Deoaabar 24, 1968, p. 19, 

f> in s%. 

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opportunity. Those who reMabor Xr, Krap««8 efforts 

rM»iX M wsll th« personal financial sacrifices he ofts« 

■ade to obtain the Dest in ausic for willlamsport. 

During the nioeteen-twentles concerts were sponsored 

by the Lion*s Club. The Cleveland Orchestra, Galli-Curci 

and Rosa Ponselle were aaong the attractions. 

1325 to 1930 a series known as the Celebrated 
Artists* Course provided such nuabers as the Philadelpnia 

ChMkbsr String Siafoaietta and Kathryn Xeisle. Xusic and 

drafta were combined in this course. 


In 1923 Williaasport becaa« one of the first ten 

cities in the United States to adopt the Coaounity Concert 

plan. A voluntary comaittee of eighty-five was ori^anlaed 

with John H, McCoradck as chaimaii and Mrs. Eaton n. Prisbie 

as vice chairaoa. A vigorous caaipaign succeedea in obtain- 

injj a aeBii>ership of five hundred the first year. 

During the first few years concerts were presented 

2 Ibid . 

3 Anne Linn Cheyney, -Jacqueline's Letter to the Hone Folks," 

Tlis tfilliaasport Sun, February 27, l'92n n. p. 

4 Aone Lini Cheynsy, "Jacqueline's Letter to the Ho«s Polks," 

The Williasisport Sun, .Harch 22, 1930, n. p. 

5 Grit, August 21, IMJ, Mews Section, p. 39. 

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la th« hij^ sohoai uuiiitoriuuii, tii« Y«X#G«A. ijyatttasiua, th4» 
Elks Attaitoriu^i am! tii« Dickinson Junior College gywuMlua, 
As cotiri«i<ifi6« in tb« coocttrt association iacreasoiil ths 
auill«iioss grsw to tbeatsr osi^city. In li'dG the series 
>cas present •<] ia the Karlfon tUester w^ere they continued 
until then theater was torn Uown, After that snU up through 
the prssest tlae concerts have been giv^n in the Roosevelt 
Junior High School AuUitoriua« 

The CoMsunity Concort Assooiation has increased its 
aMd>ership to nearly twelve huwirsu in its tiort' than 
tt««uty«>rive years of exist once* Gerald Devlin, an execu- 
tive of th« Coluabia Coacerts A3a9<;i£itioa, has said that 
no city in the Uaitsci States couia put up a list of con* 
certs finar tlian ticie on«is which have ;>eoa Resented in 
KilliaflM^crt* A list of these appears in the appendix. 

MIS. ajitOS ir« FSIS3I£ 

Credit tor successful contini«ince of the Cosmunity 
Concerts y;oed to ^ft's. Eaton ;J. Frisiiie, In Decsaher of 
lfS« Tir9, F^isbid received the <k»it Award for ?Ceritorious 
CsMsuaity Service for her untiring enorgy "in bringing 
happiness to a good saay citisens for oaay years 
through devotion to killiamsport*s Co«i»unity Concert 

® S£M.* ^^'•^•■boi* ^Of li»6G, Hews Section* p. 2^. 

'."r'* ,'ht^isjtt%fv; bum i/no4Mt *ilt nl 

i»- *"'«« aril ?>/^ei e:i ,Tt>»«see» ^ot»? *»*n^ B49«i*Jtte« 

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ttra. lYlsbie spent aor« than tlilrty yoors in Kill- 
iun^ort until M« UittU. Hwr dsath ocounreu shortly aft«r 
r«c«lvia£ the Grit AmbiM* She bad b—a a concert pianist 
in bar aarlisr daya in th« waat. Sb» taught piano for 
thirty yoors in her studio in tha J)* S» Andrus buildioc. 
lar talent fwr knowing artists and their teaperasients, 
her astuteness in choosing pro^raos aad bmr gift for lsttd« 
arirtiip have bean ioportant factors in aaintainii^ a strong 
concert aasociation. "Her vision, love of the artistic, 
her ^MCgy and peraevorance have pr'ivided inspiration for 
youth, enjayaant for aany aad a cultural benefit to tha 
city itaelf ,"' 

7 Grit . December 30, 1356, H vs Section, p. 1. 

8 Grit, Deceaber 00, 19SC, News Section, p, 23. 




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camtssirr szsos 

A popular •ttOHMr ooasiunity prognM in vuilMWport 
Mao* 1340 !iAS b««a the C<Msaunity Sing in nrandon Park. 

Although the slag* hav* b*«a hald with roi;uIarity 
only 9lac« 1940, records liiaicatc that a similar affair 
MRS bsld as early as 1918 in Jrandem Paric. It was planaed 
with the h^e that the "inspiring lau* songs anu folk songs, 
identified with the history aou spirit of this country, 

would instill anci encourage a new ^>irit of Aaericanisa 

in local residents.* 

An interesting feature of this 1313 pr«graa mms the 

presentation of four songs written by looal pe^le. yiotory 

with words by Hiss X* Allen and «usic ixy Mrs. R. H. Arthur 

was soag by \i» E. Williaas} Aasrioa by K« L. Paxon was sung 

tgr A double quartet fron the Tetequs Baadi Kow's the Tias 

to ^ake T tp A^impi^ai |f|,th w<M*ds by Aaaa B. Haines and misic 

bgr Aran Bmtsoq was suag by n*ed XMMlghtonf Liberty That 

Shall got Pass Away by Kary B. Lmdy with ausic by Carol 

1 Grit, Au^st 12, IdSe, I^ws Ssctioa, p. 41. 

2 The Willisaiport Sua . Sept saber 14, 1918, p. 1, 


SiMiol«9r MM suag Iqr ^* ClyUt Har^r. 

Tht Murles of sink's laaasuratM in 1940 wer« direct- 
ed t|r L«o C. Williaason wtio serv«d as aayor froa 1930 to 
196X* A ainger of ability and a patron of aiuaic, Mr. 
WiUiaaacm contributed i«Maaiarably to tho succosa of the 
aiaga la his rola aa aaator of cereaooioa. Tha foraar 
aayor'a reputation for direct in^ coauaunity sin^^ing ia wide* 
apraad. Pwrtu4>a hia groatost tliriil in that role coaa 

he led ten thousand voicea in aioging "Hi^ypy Oirthday» 

Ilea" on the oooaaicMi of President £iaenhower*8 birthday 
calebration ut Herahey in 1353. A certificate of citation 

preaaated to Xr« vfilliaason in 1943 by the Orandon Parte 
Caaaiaalon in recognition of the work he had done in tha 
■aaical life of tha coaounity, 

Vawly eight thousand people attended the first aiog 
ia tha aaries starting In 1140. Special features wore tho 
MPA Orchestra under the direction of C. Dart augbea, an 
iaaogarml addraaa bj Jadga Saaaal H* Haaes, the Turn 
▼arain Choraa, and aoloa t^ Helen Louiae Ri&dy» Paul Urian 
aatf Brvin Zaigler* ?layor kHiiaaaon preaeoted certificates 
of citation to tlxree local reaidants for their contributioo 
to ausio in Killiaaaport. Those honored ware Xrs. Lillian 

3 Ibid. 

4 H'iUiaaaport Sun-Gaaettc . Daaaabar 24, 1935, p. 2a« 

M \fUibmA 


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'c£ii,i»'X4 £%«M. 


X. Ri«<l«r, Miss Plor«ao« Vil«oxt ana Jotui Hasol. Siailar 
AMftrds ware aaa« each year throuL'^out Xajror Williamson. * s 
yvars in offlco. la 1956 Mayor Thooas H. Lovcrlng rea«if«di 
tlM awarding of citations. 

Mko have reo«iv«<i citations ara tha followioi;! 


^thryn H« Rlgcle 
Siatar Carletta 
Sister »• Boatia 
Paaliiia LloyKi 
Laitln S. HoMconer 
Riolam S. Slaybattgh 
nradariok Stavsns 
Will Georga ISutler 


Elisabatli H. Sias 
!• LeRogr Ljraan 
L«oa A. Roffaeistftr 
Harsball L« Hough 
Constanott B* Piah«r 
^. Clyde Rarar 


narold L, Lyimn 

l-^aaora H. ^'enner 
lUcbaol A, Chianolli 
Olaf C. Sttyt>Qrt 


John K. Zorian 
Oordon areorey 
John R. Schell 
Morion n. Lahoan 


lira. LUlian M. Said«r 

John Basel 

Xiss FloroncQ T. Wilson 


Mrs* £iatoa S. IVisbie 
Xrs. I^yrra F. Bates 
Krs, J. Frank audd 


Hiss Ifahel F. Gohl 
£• lart Bugbao 
!• tf« Rotheaberg 
Osborne L, Roosel 


Xiss }fary !)• Lundy 
John !£• Reixa 
Harry S, Krape 
Giuscppo Biffarella 
Xollie S. Weiss 


Helen Louise Raidy 
Xarloa D. williaason 
lAfULter G, llolvw* 

Grit . August 12, 1966, Hews Section, p. 41. 

6 Lists of award winners for years 1940<»1901, inclusive 

S9peared in the Grit. Au^^ust 12, li56, Hews Section, p. 41* 


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Wtna m. mammrf «"• Elchard L. D«Sayle« Gray 

1049 Mm. Josalo P. Xaggs 

Jalm R. Robert •on t 

Louise B* SUjlcw iBt 

aurian R. Wilcox ^^ * w » 

1960 Gaorgo WoodfoUt 

J. wrl^iiit Haolwy Flradarick Sndl 

Carol S. h}venden 

Ervio J. Zi«gl«r 

Fran^ L. Sclio«<Kl«rf«r 

Bstbor Ralpb 

lK*y lAodon RuMall 

TlM popularity of the 1940 sing icaa so groat that 
in 1941 a tpccial prograa oallod tHo Kidaiea* Siog was 
arraogod. Thia mo to give the yooagor talent of tho city 
an opportunity to be hoard. This prograa, too, taaa booMo 


Through the yoara aany local organizatioaa and 
aoloiata tavo a«>paarod en tho annual ainga. Many younger 
paopio h«va roooivod a atart in the entertainaont world 
throucli such an opportunity. 

During tbo years froa 1352 to IdM Xafor C L. 

tooic charge of the slimo ooaistod by George Fry* 

and Eshart Shef fer aa directors and aastars of ceraaonies* 

7 Grit . Augast 2C, 1350, Vews Section, p, 36, 

8 frit, A«gwt 2C, 1056, Haws Section, p. 30^ 

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In 135G Mayor Thoaa» Levering direct eU. 

With Thorns Layering* 8 election as aayor WiUiaas- 
porf. reputation as a -city of aia^^ing -ayora" was stren^jtH- 
•nsu. Ito iaheritsd musical talent froa his aother and fron 
his fathw, Harry W. Levering, a well-knoim basso-prof unoo 
of his clay. At the age of ei^ht he started to sing in the 
ciioir of the Christ Episcopal Church. In October of 1958 
Xr. Levorins observed his forty-fifth year of service la 
this choir. Hs was active in the choral groups in high 
school; ho played banjo in the high school's fii'St dance 
orcaiestra. At Penn State University he was also active 
in a dance band. For a period he played with Dave Har-anU 
Orchestra. He has directed the Blks Itole Chorus and has 
been a ■fftfrrr of the Haraionia Chorus for thirteen years; 
he has sunc i#ith the Consistory Choir for twenty-six years. 
Xa earlier years the saiae tradition was exea«»lified 
hx Archibald Hoa«land, aayor froa 1317 to 1924, and Charles 
D. Wolfe, aayw froa 190i to 1311. Both were known as 
singers and wwe proainent aembers of the Consistory Choir. 
As far baok as 1872 we find a "singing aayor* in the 
person of Colonel S. S. StaTJcweather , a «e«ber of the quart- 
et of the Second Presbyterian Church. 

9 Grit . AuGUSt 26, 1956, Mews Section, p. S6, 
10 KiUiaasport Sun-Gazette . December 24, 1955, p. 28. 
U Grit. July ), 1356, Sesquicontennial Section, p. 3. 


tfith tbt •trtAblUlHMnt of rmAio statioa ^mjJS. of 
mHawport la IdOO looaX ausiciwis ii«r« giv«a tlM oppor- 
toaity to tiroadcast, Tbo ciiwmlty at largo Maa able to 
liaar outataadlai; auaical prognvaa froa tte largar citlos 
Iqr ttMHM of a looal liook«-up wltb t!i« aaior broadoaatiag 

TIM fiatcal atAff for IKAK ooaaiatod of tilrigM HMleqrt 
Dorot^ Rooao zsraat, tllllan Lupton Oraalay and I>orott)sr 
Laylan 3onidt. Al XortlaBr aarvad aa saiaioal anaouaoar far 
•avaral yaara for a late evaaing pragraa faaturiog olaaaloal 

Xa JtOy of 1940 ia.tC-4PX MM OfMttaa ^ Slobard Carlaoo. 
AX MM added la Jul/ of l^&l* Ttiia atatlon tiaa aade a 
praetloo of taping looal prograM or ooooorta of loteroot 
fa tti* 9«ftIio aad later putt lag th«a over ttie air« 

IB TIasr of 194d atatiOD iflfPA mm eatabllabocl. Special 
anaioal annanaoera have been will ibsyle, Lou Cate aad EioHard 

The ataff of the Jaaaa f • BroMo Librar/ haa alwayv 
been «apaoiall;r intoreatoU in beiog of aervlco to the auaic* 
lana of the coaounity. Tbla la duo largely to tbe Influeaee 
of Dr« 0* R« RoMard Thuioii Mho vaa librarlaa froa the tiaa 





of tbt library's •stablitteMit la 190G until hi« Uoatb in 

Dr« Thoason Mas a native of London and tha aoo of a 
Mtaa librariaa. Ba mm nationollr known aa a laadar in 
library circles. Ha mm tha author of aaiqr fine poetioal 
MQti^s wbich appear in araitbwaito's Anthology and in 
CaatSMwrary Yar— AntlMfl^gy ^ Xa addition to his litorzury 
iat«raata ha mm C^mi^ a baa r bad ia auaic. Svidonce of 
this was an extanaiva privata collection of choice record* 
in«;s. His ohiaf social ploaaura mm in sharing this Musio 
vdth his friaods at hoae.^ 

Dr. Thoa8oa*9 wife waa also iafliiantial in tha 
Ileal life of hiiUaasport. Sba mm activa in auaio 

of tha city and taught auaic in the achools of 
Sauth Nilliaasport. In her later years before her death 
in ia4d aha gave valuable aaaistanea, Mhioh was not ganer* 
ally kaoMEi. Although advaaceU in years and in ill health 
she olTerad her Icnoif ledge of nuisic to laany who poaaaaaed 
talent but were unabl to pay for professional inatructioa. 

Thua aany Uvea wero enrichad &tr tiMP aa o o ur agaaant ana 

taaahii^ during this period. 

Since Dr. and Xrs. ThOMSon's daatha tha library 

13 nia KriuiaMVport Sua . Daeariber 28, 1943, p. 1. 
13 The >ft1HanMport Sua . HovaMbar 19, 1945, p. 17. 

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staff bam continued to carry out tlieir irislios of Mdciag 
th« library a r<»p08itory ot aatcrlaX reflttctini; th« history 
•ad cultural llfo of tha 

im: iriLLIAIl C. BBXUbUr oollbctzoii 

A gaaaraaa eoDtri^utioa to tiM library** 
ooUactlott imm baaa maOt tmigii tba yaara by wiUlaM C* 
lailaaa, oa« of VilUaaaport's noat aaiiMat ausioiaos. 
Uatil hla daatu la 1946 Im praaaatad aanually a oaabcr of 
opara aeoraa, aaay voluoas of olaaaleal piano raportolra 
and voluaaa of aooga* Ha alao authoriaod the purcbaaa of 
•avaral voloaea of Baoh*a orpui Miaic, alx Baetboven, thraa 
anthaa and six Baoh violin cmMartoa. 

tt*, Bailaaa was adtioatad la tha public acbools of 
Willlaaapart, at Xtroarahnrg Aeatfaiqr nad at Barvard ColXo£:a 
iinBrm ha raeaivad hishaat honors la anaic in 1900. lie 
ooatlnuad hia attidy for four y««ra with RhaiabersM* in 
Bmiflli, Witfar in Par la and othora. Ha taught auaie at 

larvard fraa 1905 to IdSO. In addition to taachtng ha 

oaapaaad for voica, piano, chan^bar inatrvuiicats and orchaatra. 

A l«ttar to tha aditor of tha Barvard Aliuaii Balletin oao« 

earning Xr* Bailaan la on fila in tha library* Wiritten 

bgr a fallow profeaaor it pays tribute to ST. Hailann's 

aalnant ^rvlcea. 

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In 1941 Ht^s. Cora Sixottcr Antlwiqr presented a lorgt 
aatount of piano and vocal rauaic to the library. Ttiia 
conaiated of nuaeroua bound voluaa« and noarly one thous* 
aad piaooa of afaeat ousic. Mrs. Anthony, Mbo diod in 1945, 
ted bean a taaoher of piano in H^iillamport. She had alao 
fiXlad a amaber of prominent poaitions in the south and 

west. Mth hor j;ift the library began ita collection of 

•heat flttsic. 

In 1940 lira. Koy C. Spangle presented over aaventy 
voluaos of light opera collected Isy her brother J. HemT 
BeilJBan. This collection spans the period from 137) to 
1920, fra« the beginning of lli^ht opera to the auaic 
revues of the early twentieth century. 

Other gifts to the library include one«bundred and 
aeveaty pieces of sheet ausic and bound voluaos of Bach* a 
■oaic for organ froa Jlrs. Aa»cac o. Hall, tiro thousand 
pieces of sheet ausic froa the di^plicate V9wv of the 
nree Library of Philadelphia and soae aaaller collect loos 
froa Dr. John w. Cuouain of Host on, the late Koaooe Itoff 
and the vHiiaBH^ort Kitslc Club. Anothor collection of 
piano isusic was given bf Ifrs. C. ■'. /illiaaaon, or&eaiiat 
for may years at the First teptist and St. X.idce*s 
Latheran ChHrolMa. An upright grand piano was proaeatad 

19 The KUliaaspoi*t Sun, Mareh 14, 1941, p. 1. 



tor tbo ooaauAlty ratm by tar. John P. Harley. 

Hm BMt r«c«at adUltlon to tb« ansie coXloctlon 
baa b««a th« pcrsooal collcsctian of Mrs. H»ry Stuart Otto. 
Pro*ont«d sbortly bofore her death in 1;>65 l!&*9. Otto* 9 
gitt ooaqprlacc about two hundred mad ols^ty titl«9 inclod* 
i«g fom^tocn bound voXuaca. 

To bring all theo« collect Ions together and to 
tmkm tkmk of aarvloe to the ausicians of th« city a 
spocial oatalogut of ovor ti^lv^ thooaaad cards was 
aM«abi«U. It Is noir possible to borrow any of this 

lA Ths KiUiaasport Sw, Augiist 3, 1956, p. 4. 



la P%te««ry of 193V tbo wilUiuwport Music Club wb« 
M an affiliate of th« ?ena«ylvania PWoration 

•f aosic Clubs. 

PiMiiKl^r of the club was Urs. J. Prank 3udd 1*0 had 
rsssntly coae to wUllaosport. Fs«lin£ that thar« «as a 
naod for the ausical women of the city to unite togethar 
Mrm* 9nM ssntacteu a faw intorastad Msasa* These wonen 
wgrked industriously to contact others aaC to arouse •athtt* 
aiasA for su(^ a project, 

Ths oraanizational aeeting nas held at the Y. >\ C. A, 
The group ware encoun^ed and goldsd in their foraation by 
JSra. C. Arthur Sttllmft: who was then president of the 
Beethoven Club of Canton, i'omi^l¥aaia| later she Mas 
elected first vice presiUont of The national Federation of 
Uttsic Clubs. Mrs. C. K. Ottoson, also ox Canton and third 
vice irasident of the P«»sylvania PoUeratlon also assist od. 
Those sraseat const itutca the charter aaaborahip as followsi 

Xrs. T. R. Adaas 
Mrs. J. Albert Aadarson 
Mtm* M. J* aarricic 
Ifrs. C. A. Ooner 
Kiss LVa L» 8U03C 
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Hrs, John R. Uyrnes 

Mrs. denjoaln S. Cohn 

Mr», Olivor J. Decker 

Mrs, Kathryn K. Farley (Hrs, ICathryn K, Gstalddr) 

Mrs. Arthur E« Feirriastaii 

Kiss Mabel F. Gohl 

Mrs. Prank Haug (!tra. ECarl Plankenhorn) 

Mrs. William E. Hosi^ins 

Xrs. Clarence llurr 

Mrs. Charles Mut china on 

Miss Dorothy Jacobs (Hrs. John Street cr) 

Mrs. John K. Kauffaan, III 

Miss Mary Laadon (Mrs. Glen Kassell) 

Mrs. Lawrence L. Long 

Miss Glemilr MacMlllan 

Mrs. Clarence fi, Martin 

Mrs. Jaaes M. Mensch 

Miss Hilda M. Meyer 

Hrs. K. F.arl Miller 

Miss Margaret 1:). Ovens 

Miss Mary w. Pyles 

Miss Margaret K, Re Oder (Mrs, Fredericlc Cehr) 

Mrs. Lillian M. Reidor 

Miss Elizabeth H. Sias 

Mrs. athel ^, Smith 

Mrs. Leonard Spotts 

IStb, 0. R. H. Thomson 

IbTB, Carl Vandersloot (Mrs. Clan Kheeler) 

Mrs. John M. Vogel 

Mrs. Alfred Wertz 

Mrs. w. w, Wilcox 

Mrs. C. W. Williaaisoa 

The object of the club hiis be-sn to acquire a broader 

kacnrledge of music and ausical literature and to proaote a 

greater love and appreciation of aiusic in tfilliamsport . 

Meetings were held for siany years twice a acinth; one was a 

study group meeting and the other a prograa aoeting. Later 

the study aeetini;s were dropped, so that at present the club 

aeets at the T. W^. C. A. for a program on the fourth Tuesday 

of each oonth from Septsaber to Jane. These prograaa ars 



al»«iys op^n to the public. 

The senior clnb with a tteartnershlp of about ninety 
wimm 8^0ft«or8 two Dther groups for young people , the 
Juv«nllc Xuslc Club for children froa «lx to thirteen aiKl 
th« Junior JCuelc Club for those froR thirteen to eight 9«n« 
(Froa 1950 to 1<>54 there was al«o a Student Kusiciena Club 
far girls of colloge sge.} Those cluba are very active 
ottintainlni: their own yearly' progrims, entertaining fre- 
quently as choral groups at local affairs anU pwticipating 
each ytar in the various junior festivals tUrouijhout the 

Kach year slnc^ their for«Bation the cottbine<i senior 
aa<3 junior clubs imve heralded the Ghristrnas season v,'lth a 
traditional candlelight service. The program was first held 
in the First Baptist Church. Bach year it grew iintll a 
larger auditor iita was needed. The service was then trans- 
ferred to iJt, Paul's Lutheran Church and then to Pine Street 
ifsthodist Church. Finally it was iioved to the First Tvangel- 
ical United Brethren Church wh«r«» it has been held for the 
last eleven years. This prograa is largely devoted to the 
^pearances of tho vocal enseables of the clubs. For aany 
years Kiss g,li2abeth H. Slats has directed the Senior Eas«i^le| 
Krs. Arthur Farrington is the accoapanist . A special feature 
of the Candlelight Service is a sroitp of solos on the Swiss 
bells hy Hrs. John K. ICauffaan, 111, nho is widely known 




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far iiGv artistry. Tho offorlog rooeiVMl at this servios 
is slMsys ooatrilMttod to vat<lous charltUs of the olty. 
terviiqr ■• prssidsats of Hm KlUiMSport Mamie 
duo OKVs ossa tin folXoMiziBt 

]b*s. J« Fk%nlc 3ua<I IMn • 19S9 

IPS* K. fisrl XlU«r ltt9 • 1941 

»»•• JtaM H«asoli 1941 - 1^40 

1ftr». C. W. WilXlMMw 1943 * IMS 

Mrs* K. J. asrri^ IMS « 1947 

anu ItttohsU &• TiBiirun 194'< • 1M8 

Xrs. G. Bdwird r;iseab«i8 1^3 - 1350 

mrm, Clsa SimssU 1930 • id62 

Hiss niixsbstb H. Slas lt)&2 * 1904 

am* Plraiiois A. Courtricht 1964 • 1954 

Xi#s SMTtte PoXasr 1954 • 


A iraap of IooaI srasalsts aot nl tlis Trinity y^rl^i 
P^xnmrf 3, 1946, to foro a local o2i£kpt«r ctf tbs 
Aatriflsii Guild of Qrssaists* Oordoa Brssrsgr mm slsctsd 
dsaa of tiw grouiR* Ilr« ar«srsy« orgaaist ana cboir aaatsr 
of Trioity Lpiaoopal dmreh at ttut tias, is oow at St. 
•tsfvsaa Cath«(iral in Barriatmrs. OtHor officora »f»ro T. 
Lii^ Lgrasa, aotoxlaaay »m. ittigaaa viaBsr» sscrotary ana 
J. Las Baas* trsaaorsr. Ciiartsr aapbsra tisrs tbe followiagi 

■ra. C. Lss Artlsgr Mr. Gordon Orttary 

95ra« V» a« Ificeiy ttr. nrwaorick Sooll 

ara. Saaasl G. tiarr Mr. wubsrt ft* Porao 

Mr. T. 

»»• J. Laa Saaa Mr. T. Lsftsr liraan 

Ira. E. v« Andrswa !tr. Loster C. Dircbaru 

WLaa Loaias a. StryMr »•• Dallaa tf« OMUJLn 

1 Villiaflipart SwB«Gaastt o« Ceossibcr 24, 1350, p. IS. 

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Mr.. A. RarrUon Kotzg^r *;.. J- Hj«ry Stahl 

E: f iSs/oiaf sJybert Jisa Y^\^^l^^^ 

Mrs. rhillp K. &afflp K^'nf™ t' wSuSason 

Mrs. Eugonti n. winner )tr. Harry ♦*. wmiaason 

Mrs. Ciair liart 

Th« Guild meets once a aonth. Prograos are plannwi 
to serve th« interest of church ausicians with the purpose 
of raising the standards of church auaic. Workshops such 
as the Paul Smrm Workshop of 1>5G are aoaetiaea held 
i^ercin aeabws and interested persons «ay receive valu- 
able help froa experts in various phasss of church ausic. 
Wmeh ywtf- a Junior Choir Festival is held. For this 
inspiriiuj event junior choirs froa aii over tiie city cone 
together to sing antheas whicn each choir iiaa prepared 
individually. For several years Guild aaabers have pre- 
sented prograiw over the radio during Christinas week. 

In addition to these prograias the chapter has made 
a practice of bringing nationaUy known organists and choirs 
to the city. The first such prograa was a concert by Flor 
Pesters in li>46. Hrs. i»oods M. Kicely served as chairman 
for this and aany other successful concerts. Soae othsr 
artists presented have been Virgil Fox, Walter Balcer, 
Claire Goci, Rollo «Iaitland, Prank Asper, Uelen Morgan and 
ths St. Olaf Choir, 


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The Killlaasport Federation of Musicians, Local 761 
Me« established in l:ll^. It is an affiliate of the Aaor« 
lean FeUeration of Musicians. 

lb*, Ft*f»d DeCanlo was Instrua^c.ital in ^f^puiixing 
the local group of which Bcli«rd Lloyd tma the first pre8i«> 
deat. &*• DeOanlo had C9£i« to Vlllia«tport ia Jfsrch of 
1919 to play for the openijrtij oC Kaofi^y^a Theater, where 
he played ttar about a y«ar as leader of the orchestra. 
Later ho worked at Reefer's factory repair iiifj; instruaents. 
lie organised The Keefer School of :iu;3lc ani airocted a 
student ."^arid. In ih*d late niatstQan-rii'tlos he expanded 
his activities to opettinj^ a rapalr «diop at D. 3. Aiidrus 
]|li«ic Store lAiere he also teachos piano, accordlan, guitar 
and all band irtstruisents. 

The object of the local stusicians* uaion is *to 
unita the iastruuental portion ot the jmsical professioa 
for the hettor protection of its interoot in ijaneral, and 
the establiahaeat of a tainiaua rate of prices to be charged 
by the aeobars of the Federation for thdir professional 
services, and the eaforce.-aeat of i;oo£i faith and fair 
iealini^s oetMean its aajil»ers, also its patrons."^ Mrs. 
Marian Serdan, u popular enturtalner on the or^an, has 

2 Const itut ion and 3y-Uxw3, Wllllay s sport Federatioo of 
Musicians. Local 761. t^iillaEiSport. Pa . 



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••or«t«ry of the local i^roup for stvtral /cars. 


A «lu^t«r of tba Xatiooal Guild of Piano Teachers 
MM ••tAbliahsa ia Wiiliaiasport in 1344. Ba^al B. Dar«y 
MAS the local chairaon* Tlis parpo«s of the group was to 
uphold standards of piano ttachiog and to sponsor the 
local fiuulltioos for piano students annually. Xnry Russell 
served as ehalraan in 13SC. Myrtle St roup aatnssd tlie chair* 
■sntmp in 1057. other local aeabers are Msgdia Glaaert 
Irene Vcley, Jane Xeyte London, :7ancy Dot t ling, Constance 
Viflber, Jessie KsgBt and Harry KiUiaasoo* 


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0¥ir OM bundrod yeoro aco a buoiiMss mm ••tabliebed 
Is l—nltnd wtilch lator omm to settle In b'illtaaaport as ono 
of tiio clty*o oldest entsrprlsos. This was ths Ewarf nistin 
IfaumlteturlQg Coapony later Iomnsi as tlM Sssfsr MumfiMtur* 
ing Coqpfti^* 

This ywMpBHy oaac to tbo Uoitou Gtatos in 1975 and 
to WllUaa^port la 1333 uaaer tlis owaors&ip of tho l&to 
Stats Ssaator Lutiisr It* Sssfsr» eraocifatber of ttie prosoat 
aMMTt Ortia C« HCssfsr, J^« Bras C* Sssfsr, Sr., fattier 
of today's omor -— .' - - ---: — a the busiasss untU his 
death In 1927. Too coqpaqy mm ohartered ia 1808 with a 

capital of $2G,J0O,O3 Mhioh iaersased to |60»000.00 hr 

laao* About fifty oea wore employed • 

This inUustry attractoct ouch attention for its aon- 

ufacturc of highest erado of brass and silver-plated iostru* 

Mints. Instmaeots were asde for aany prsaiasat ausioiaas 

incltidiac J<di8 Basel, local cornctlst, Tod »eeas» orch« 


1 uUIliaasport Sua-Gasette . Deoesabcr 24, liOS, p. 

3 Mscinasss - History of Urooaiaii County. Psaasylvania. p. 8* 


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••tra Itt»der» Bmest wllllaos, fcuious truapater with the 
Phiiodolpbia OrolMStra onU Gordoll Siaons, troaboaist with 
tlM rhiladolpbiA Orob«stni.^ 

In 1940 tho corpar«ti(m dinhiuKlod its oanufacttjurina 
fftoilitios to coac«atrato oa r«tailiac aad iastructioa, Aa 
•xtoasiv* repair dajMrtaoat is also aalataiaeu. Hfc*. Arsd 
DsCaaio, already rcfsmid to la tbo soction on tho Husioiaas* 

Uaioo, was larijely respoasiblo for organisciti^ia of ths 

auslo school, 

Oinia C, Ki»«f«r, Jr. plays tlM truapet and guitar 

and was a aiabsr of tho Cornell University Sand in his 

oollsgs days* His son, arua C. Ksefer Hit ^o has boon la 

the firs for the last twelve years played truapet with the 

iNlHaasport High School Baad aad has servsd as president 

of Tbs Villiaasport ammilisny Society. The Reofcr interest 

in tho instruction of yo«nfi peoplo of the area was citod 

JUly 13, 1349, when M^ror Loo Williaason prossated Qrua C. 

Sesfer, Jr* a oortifioate for "sarvicos rendered to tausic 

ia Villiaasport ."^ 

3 tfilliaasport tF "iTiT""' DMMber 24, lOdG, p. 3. 
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MUSIC puQLZsrnjR; comumss 

A mmhw 0f wasiOAX pubilthiag oo«paai«« hava Im«ii 
la b— I— — iii wiiliaaaport ttarooBli th« year a. An ttarljr 
mm nmm tn* TUky Criaa and Coapacsst wbioh ttxlstod armmd 

laM* Qm af tiMir ptiiaioattoaa mcui thu Paonaylvaoia 
Grit Jfaroa urltton by Jool a. Ettio8«r of this city, 
Anotbor ptdkliahiag ba m ia mm mm ttio Hazel^erry !Cu»lc 
pMT i*ioli opwMa of fleas In 1915 • John RamI aiKl David 
Gorry fonMU ttia otMpaoor* Tbay oaiS* a spoclalty of pub- 
ilaiila£ varlatlona for liand and o rt httt r m of all popular 


anMMra* THelr f Irat publlcatloa wu Tjbm QIC Gray !fero . 

Oaa of tlia nation's iar4*oot «islc put>lialiing bouass 
flourlittiod in i/llliaa^>ort during tbo fii*8t thirty yoara 
of tUs prsasat esntury. This was the F» W* Taiidaraioot 
Xiiaie Pui>liii>ii% Company* ' 

Zt una froa the kltcUsa of lOs horn at 20 iMUUigtatt 
BlvU, tbat tt** Taadarsloot be^an uis Ixislneaa aliortly !>ofare 
1900. Bs ocGopiea several otber locations in tbo city 

< Grit . July IS, 135C, ^ews Soction, p, 6* 

^ «» imWA^-lh' ^''^♦*'W4r- August 31, 1310, n.p, 

8 NiUiaMip -Ogsctte . Dsssalher 24, 1038, p. 15. 


later and also had a publlshiag i»*anch la Hew York City 
at 42 hrest Thirty-eighth St, and one in Toronto, Canada 
luadM* thci name of Whaley, Koyce aiic Cos^any. J^non^^ tholr 
publications were popular hits of the da/t tuaee froai 
Broadway shows such as Untier Sout h ern .Skl«s and Sweet 
Clover, aarches, ballads, riovelty nua'oers, religious son;j3, 
a teaching edition for tiao first three grades of piano 
and solo piano folios ontitlea For the Pianist ^ For the 
Photoplay , For the !}ooie and Fo r the School . The popular 
RapASX Band March by Charles Sfi^eley was first published by 
the VaJisuorsloot fins, 

Mr, Vamlersloot and his wife Cora were both susic- 
inns as were other aeabers of the family including his 
brother CairU Mhorn he took into the firm in li;*OS. ?lls 
son Carl ims a pianist and cooposer; his daughter Kuth, 
now the wife of Colonel Arthur ICalcer of Muncy, cod^osed 
the ausic and worus for aany songs t another daughter 
Esther, now deceased, wrote ukelele accoatpaninents to the 
pieces which were publii^ed* 

Shortly after the siarriage of his dau.'jhter Ruth to 
Colonel ivaScer, Mr. Vandersloot sent a portfolio of Vanuer- 
sloot publications to the colonel at Fort Niagara, >?. Y, 
where he was stationed, F;«ch song was autographed by the 

9 Ibid. 

,id : ^:?: e-\-J..y 


•^•S! tf. 



with scverel personal assMkccs* It kxio in 
fflancinr: throuijh thin coll*»ctlen tl»t OB^ny faalliar 
ambmra i««r« found. Anoiig theii were the aarches S c hool 
H»tg3 , Trluj^hant Limlbersh nnd W« by Harry J. Lincoln 
1^0 i«ti» astistajnt In th» business for a short time, Hfuia- 
bers by itr. Vanderslrtot w«ro Chri«t«©» ChiA* K«verie, 
Cr<faBfr *ffff*^ ^^^ Xyrixs by Ray ,Sh«r*rood, a Jfew York 
repress ntatlv«», Dear Little P^l «f Hln« with wnrfis bv 
Ruth, Garden of Flowers R«vori«, .sunrtae i-icho** Reverlv. 
and Twilight Shaoowg Reverie . s*ing» )3if Ruth wore Ky Love 
Pal and Jun^ Causf. Carl vaa r«>.n*'»«'»nt«d by eiany ntuabers 
including the Q<»nnr^.l Per^ln fr Harch, th» Att<»rlcAn legion 
Sffl B ff and H j yiollnyt Moonlight , tin** lntt*»r two with wor4t by 
Saj' Sh'srworKl, A«^rlcan hagiryn '^no St^^n March, ^^xr SasMlos. 
Srtagy South S»a 1{<»Qn with word^ by Ruth nnrJ Gr«at«r Aner- 
lean ^farch Two Sttqp . Another song, Plnio* Jnfit for You , 
with words by Jam«8 Royce, a fri<»n<i of Mr« Van<le>rsloot , was 
attributed to Spenser 6. Adaon. This was actually co«- 
pe*a4 bar Xahel Oohl, orf^anist of Pin« Street Methodist 
Church for aaagr years. According to frs. Ea*<er the na?ae 
Spenser Adaas was one which her father nut on fisttiy pieces 
of isuslc which w«*re written ?iy new co«p09**r» whose music 
he bought. The (J in this instanc** was ins<?rt'sd for Gohl. 
Kiss 6ohl taught niano privately fnr a nnmh€>r nf years and 
was &I50 an assistant in the «ianrt <1eTtif5rtr4««nt of nickinson 

■m*f s^%*- 

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t. .; '\ "}'* 

if. yt 

f,'^*«r^'n ■"Cfi" ^-f bfttrr?iR««»r©*? «.V-' 

«»tjfea«/»r' •« 

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f5 rr^ 

from 1907 to 11)13. She went to the D. S. Andru* 
Music Store id 1922 tr* take chara<3 of tb« aiheet eiusic 
Uepartaent. She has been there thirty-five years. Miss 
Cohl hat: sone other music puhliahsd by the Tandersloot 
nrmpa^y ttmtcr her onm mme. These included two waltses, 
I nnoc oncc and Southlanu. 

A ntaiMT of Xr. Vandersloot which gained widesfipsad 
popularity was I Wondor How The O t<j Polks Are at Uoma, 
Acccardlng to Hrs. Baker this soiig which was rltten in 
1904 cleared $>3,0J0.00 in five aonths. It is now pub* 
lishetl by the Vogel Music Coapany, Inc., 112 Vest Forty- 
fourth St., Hew York. The story goe ; that Jerry Vogel 
was once shflMB a favor oy Sr. Vandersioot. To show his 
gratitude he decXared that aa long as he lived the Vamier- 
sioat name would never go out of print. 

The entire Vandersloot catal^^goe is now publii^i«4 
fair Kills .Cusic Incorporated, 161^ Broadway, Neiv Yfwk. 

Mr, Vander9ioot»8 contribution to hyia.n wj'itini,' 
iMM been dealt with in the chapter on Uyran l^ritera. At 
the present ticae his daughter Ruth is engaged in writing 
a book of hysms. 

It is felt by soa<! that tins Tomleraloot Cotapany 
would tiave aet with even greater success if they had 
published tiie new jazz of the day. However, Jft*. Vandcr- 
sloot was not in sympathy with it and would not publish It. 

ftBjtv. f-miit ^tterfiij 

• ^^/iMJiiSi: ^^ cc fltpv 

n!*I«»«di ui'v ..fva n*tf'oi<' 




to witing; it laui a naabw called 

Xa 1330 the f Ira aoved to Philadalpbia t«h«re it has 
fiaallT tekaa over by Hills Music Xncorporatsd • 


TIWFtim tlM lattsr oighteon-oichtios ssvorol ousioaX 
inablicatioaa bad thsir or iff ins In Williaasporl* 

TIM earliest mas a aoathly onjsasiae called MMdo 
aatf Hlrth . Devoted to the interest of ausical orgaaisa* 
tiaaa it Mas startad in Wav of 1337 t^f Charles T. Lo't^o, 
Zt is reputed to have lisd a good ciroulatioii aaong lovers 
of aaaic. 

^. Loi^ue, a veteran new su w ip araan, Mas icoown as 
"David of Bopnr Tallejr* for the daily coluan he lorote 
for ttM QaiMtte and Bulletin. At tte age of twelve he 
aas eqploared by the D. S* Aaitraa Music Store iihore he 
aorked for twenty-five jrears,^ 

la Doosafber of 1391 a foiarteea pas* monthly publica* 
tion uaa started by the Distin Huaioal Instruoont Monufac- 
turing Coapaay. This aasosiae was devoted to cusic and the 
iaterosts of the ■'-—"-* **^ 

10 Xbid . 

U Xeginaoast p. 3 7. 

12 The ViUiMwport ^jg^, August 17, 1J54, p. G. 

13 Xiginiiesa» p* 03j. 


' 9 liPlPlf WP'* 

^aJLS'iSa^:t»*a«*«r0yM^ '. 






In the early ainota«a«ht»ar«a« Frank S. Tliiitr 
th« local correspooaant for a amthly oagasloe callad 
tiM II^Miii ^ aaftarprtac wiilch mrs publiahad at Caadaa, Vav 
Jaraay^ and vhloli o<mtaia»a nualoal aawa fraa oil ov«r 
tha cauatry* ?&*• Hataatr la kaoim in Willlaaaport lor 
hia aany yeara* aarvice to baad anaie. Ha Joinod tba 
Kapaas aaad fifty yaara ago aa a druaaer aad atill per- 
foraa at tlaoa with tha baiKii in 1906 he waa elected 
preaitlent of tha organiaation. At a apeoial proiraa 
nn— ninariitins tha one hundred twonty-fifth aanlvcraary of 
tte Kapaaa 9aad in October of 199$ Vuyot Thoaaa Levariag 

praa«oted Hk** aaaaer a special citation for hia "outatanci- 

ins contribution to aualc in WiUiaaaport." 



One of the oldeat iwaiaaaaaa ia Viiiiaoaport la the 
D« S* Aadrua !luaic Store located at IdO ifeat Third St* 
Tha huaineaa waa forsad by D* S. AnOrua in 1360 to aoU 
■uaioal inatrutaenta. ikt that tina the city*a population 
woa only 5,604* The orifiinal location of the buaineaa Maa 
on Piae Straet aajoinii« tho CUiott Block. Later tha 
firai aovQd to Xartcot Sqtwre in tha huidling foraerly 

14 wiiliaa^ort :^uo*Qaaotto . Octohar 2B, 1966, p. 10. 


occupied by th« C, C« ■■*•!•« Jctwlry stcvre. Vinr* >U*. 
Aadrus tad as his p?(rtn«r for a tlMs villlan R« VafHt«rbllt. 
His interest was purcl^iased In 1874 by William and James J. 
OiWoa* After a fire aestroyeU the store rooit mnd stock 
tbe business wss «ovac! to the old three story First 2?ation« 

ai ilank building where it occupied half of th*s builcilng 

for forty years. 

After Xr. Andrus* death in 13d3 Charles E. Brownell 

becaae afflliateii with th^ store as a salesTnaR. Be was 

soon adaitteu to partnership with the Gibsons. On July 1, 

1916 Hr. Brownell purcha«<*d the partnership int«»re«t» of 

the Gibsoss and continti«<d a» sole owner until the business 

i«as incorpCHrate<! In 1527. Xr. arownell €erve<J as prostdent 

until his death in 192?. Tracy L. Kic«ly and Lavrpnce P. 

Maynard^ his sons-in-law, held the offices of vice-presivient 

sad secretary-treasurer respectively, }ir, Xaynard had become 

associated with the store in 1916 ai2d Hr. JTictly in 1920. 

la Koveaber of 1S45 Lawrence P. Maynar»3, Jr. grandson of 

Charles arowaell, joined the fira. Present officers are 

Tracy L. Kicely, president, Lawrence P. ^Jayn^rd, Sr,, 

secretairy-treasurer , and Lawrence P« Maynard , Jr., vic«- 


15 Grit , April 1, 1956. >fows vSoctf.on, :>. 10. 
IG Ibid. 

rut* V; 

;.t« mnv. 


.-^ffW J. 




«« U0V*: 

01 tioo3^ 

m>Ai^ iMbCt ^^i'Miat'' 





Until 1J52 tho D. $. Andrus firm contributed to tho 
Chrittama ••«son by playing Chriataaa anaic oo a special 
set of chifliva. Locattd on tht: roof of th«i stor^ tho chiaaa 
were played eleotrically on a keyboard inside the building. 
Tlila praetloe, ioMtgoratad hy Mr. Qrownoll at the /turn of 
tiM oentury, beeaae a tradition as it ima carried on by 
bia buainesa auoceaaors. In the early yoara the chlaes 
wn^ aouated on an atttOMobile, and Xr. and KTs* 3raimell 
woiiiA go aaout the city and outlying areas taking Chriatoaa 
carols to the hospitals and oth«r institutions. (Xiaa Xable 
tt«hl «te lUM been with the store mmof years la the only por- 
MA STar to play the chlaes.) "cj /y-e- ^f ^ ^ 9 f j ^/4. v^-^ - -'C 

Another very old ausic store is 31oob*s Xusic Store 
••tablished in 1343 aa a retail store. Itendtandise includ* 
atf raeords, mislcal inatruiseats, ausic boxes, sh<»«it astsio 
and pianos. In ViO'^ a wboleaale bvalneaa waa added. The 
location of this store is 311 v/ost Fourth Street. 

Kawivapers of tJM ei||^teea*eighties contain adver- 
tiaeaenta of Xlagle's Kusic House aa "aiming' to be always 
in the lead - never two or three yeara behind."^ At the 
aajM tijM the Central Xitaic Houae at 301 vest Fourth vStreet 

advert ia«d aaveral oakea of pianos, or^ana ana sewing 

aaohiaes. J. X. Hall naa tbs aaaagar. Stopper, Flak 

1? i^llliaflisport Sun-Qaactte . Deoaober 24, 1955, p. 2d. 
IS Dally Sua a^ o ^^ttt*. Jaaaary 12, l<i3G, p. 2. 
19 Ibia, 

•dt of u#l«rii*itn«d nil wriii..^ - ; Hnll 

• MtlsfO »l<t 9'«Ot« tilt lO l0«^i iitff M '■ .AtlUltO !• I«» 

)e a«»»t\Mlt tA iittowoib ••df nsfi tetfiHiiiiiAiil ««9itaiiiQ: tliiT 
Xii nc id votf ti «« & «il « MMOttf (-xiiitado »it 

n .a'di uiA .tji oo^' ,t»Xiac:«c»|yji cut no i>9fauam •itw 

{/.. ^ ; «««n« 4Al v> Oiit tllOdft Oft hlMOW 

'-jiiid'MiX ••'njf^ ' ' - n *« l^tl aX 

ao'Sf , . saw #ti.n-i irw.<- Ar.>«r. rrrf- ^ crc r r.T ,%oaml<i tUxM> 

.i ^<« al dio^tt nidi 10 ii«itjioaX 

•lit le t i »< |> qt i> »l 

isvoii • um»l •df al 
f U <^«0oB oituK lAitned tti(t otUI MM* 

■ H I ■ II » II 

•nd Cootpany*9 Huaic House flourished In this period at 
49 Bast Third Street. **i::;vor/thing in the nusic line" was 

offered with special co^hasis on pianos* organs and alaa 


sewing flashiaes. In 1694 Pi^» Kriaa and Coflq>any 
professed to be sole agent for the Lehr piano case organs 

Mbioli were advertised as being "the first ever brought 

to this oiiy." Other stores were the Shade aad 

flreinin^' Music Store on the northeast corner of Third mad 

Hepburn Streets and Logue Brothers Store which sq^ecialixed 

in pianos. 

In the early nineteen hundreds other music storas 
appeared. Harry Kaseaan istalntained the Central Xusic 
Store at Laurel and Fourth Streets around 1315. At the 
saae tiae he had a studio in Maiicet Square where he taught 
violin and directed an orchestra coaiposed of his stuueats 
and saae townspeople. This store is now owned by Francis 
Carduccl, HecorUSy susical iastruaents and accessories are 
sold. Another store of this era was the Fersuson Piano 

Xa 1923 aryon L. Gleckner and FJrnest E. Landon 
Op SB Sd the Landon and Gleckner Music and I^Harniture Stors 
at 327 Harket St. Pianos, radios, iastroatents and ausic 
were sold over a period of twenty-six years. 

80 The Daily Sun and Banner . Au^gust 22, 183S, p. 4, 

21 The Daily Gazette and aull&tin . March 20, 1894, p. 5, 





■»< ^i 


A «ore recftnt atot'o is that of R*>b«rt K. Sid«9 of 
43 liMhin£ton Blvxl. I'lstablished la Jund of 1948 this 
store saphasix** plaflos and olectric organs. Another 
recoat store is ths Swartz Piano Store of West Fourth 
Street, Although this fir-a was established In 1926 in 
Altooaa and Johnstown » tho local store opened on July 16, 
1954. Pianos aaU electric organs are sold. Associated 
vith this at or 3 is Colias Griggs, a s'icillful and popalar 
tatertainer in this area on the electric organ. 

An interesting business is that of 3udd J. Leavy, 

at 140 West i^illow Street. Here !Q*. Lsavy oaintaias a 

violin repair 8h<^ aad keeps a rara and valuable colloction 

•f siiproxisatoly four hundred violins of all agea. For 

twenty-five years Mr. Leavy jsade and repaired violins at 

his h««e» Bis violins are knoim throughout Paansylvania. 

Orders for violins and repairs to fiddles come tr<m this 

•tata» Yaw York and ^mv Baffland states. In 1^^46 Xr* Leavy 


opsaed his prison t store. 

FZAXo wmsis 

WwUmnce points to the fact that for aany years 
local piano owners had to dtpmtA on aoae oae froot the 
larger cities to care for their piaaoa. In 1864 BdMard H, 

22 Grit, Jmnmary 17, 11)94, Vews Section, p. 4. 


iQtlifin^ ,aasn,tt. s^ittslfs fin^r Bcrnslrj Bftalrflrimst? 9*xi}te 

iSiTwoi ?esj" 'Jo iTsor il'tmic n^i" «i s'lei's jaoasi 

al dfiGX til b»dmtiatifnti «iw tt^l ei^t Ai^utfiiflk •t»o*^a 

,0i vlut rif) ber«>oo ©^ote laoel crtt ,nMCtcc*f?ot. bna AoootlA 

botiiiDcceA .LilRB »iA eaasio oxitt^^ii? baa soa&ii •^dti 

-sAfoqoq bma iutlllTtti « ,c^ ftciXoO ei etttt elrft dtJtw 

i»lt8f»XIeo <»X(ljBtiX£v ima «n«t a er«9af bfia «t©iI« *ti««?©t ffi.XoXv 

tii% .atj)^ iXfi zo fiiuioxv ijniujp-.uti imvi ^vija^^^t i<j^a lo 

t& «<iiXoXY i^oilAqtfi Mm •Aaa igyiiftJ <iX •'W«x •vll-'^tfivwJ' 

cxay SIC ii MBOo aoxiiJill " i>fi« •olXoiv •h>1 «l»fcnO 

tVMKi .-ili ^KX flZ .aotftte T w»¥ ,»tclB 

^^ _. ...,•.<...,> jj^jju ^j»ccx ,"'' — ----^ tliO ■ 2S 

Valk«r, Jr. advert isctl his services. Since his hoaw wa* 
la Blalra orders for tuning had to be left at tho store 

of G«arii« L, halicer. Professor JiaUcor had an afioncy for 

a certain piano < 

Th« earliest local piano tuner reaoabered is Baurry 
S. Krape of the ei^^'hteen-ninctles and early ninete^sn- 
hondreds. Aaong the tuners of w'lllisrasport Mr. Krape is 
always spolcan of aa the "clean" ot this profession. 7.1^ 
splendid reputation In this line a-aong Musicians of the 
larger citl«rs has been a^ntioncji in the chaptf" o« Concert 
Courses. Present tun?r« recall Mr. .'Crape's ST>Rndin£ a full 
afternoon tuning a piano for a fee of $2,00, 

Earl:7 tuners of the early nineteen hundreds were 
G«8 Lettnn of the Lettan-Chappell Orchestra, Louis Knoellcr 
and Janes fi» Saith. 

Veteran tuners of the present tiae are Fred W'inter- 
ttleen and T. LeRoy Uyaaa; Hr, hjTHmi also tunes and repairs 
organs. Both of these moa have given -aany years of 
valuable service to this profession. Other pro-sinent 
tuners are Robert >1. Sitios of the Sides iHano Store, Ralph 
Heller, William Guadrun aid La-aar Schamtts. Mr. Schmaui 
is the soa of the late Antnoay SchJiaus who had been an 
••teemed tan»r in williaaiapor t bsf'»rf> hta death in 1932, 

23 West aranch ^ullatin, April IC, 1864, p. 3. 


yf.<ti 4H»<>ii 

■f'-.-'ii Likt CK»»/ t'tv it •a- 


1." -^winfi i ! 


-tu ti&r » : 


'. ■ : - ' f mrl r-ud 

,f->A c .?? rty t OCR 

> i«> .* \, ^it I A 

V I ;; *: . -^ i i 

Fvi ocfc ii^ut^Ju fiJ'A'tlin ♦*!* ioi: 

i^««*WX *v4. Ji4> ' ^^ C^ 


« violinist in the )!riilla.«»port Civic 
Orchfiotra. A concert by t>ir orcheetra ?n October 27, 
1982 was tfedicatffci to bis r^isory. 

-,l-i-l'^- V-^r rtfcfw't I r r JW *n;t nt fs- jr. ? fr-ty r. n^iHtX hn'i rif^ hnn 
, V£ 1.- ''lO 

rf oi KM saei 


mt. xjuuiif opmA house 

the last lialf of the nineteenth ceottjrj'" ush«P«d 
In the w«althy lumbtasr la;'3 when Killlaa«port was kaown 
throughout th« nation as a town of aiUlonalros. K'lth 
the rapid increase in population and wealth after 1360 
there developticl a greater awareness of qjm aeaire for 
cult'^rtil ai'vanta4:es. 

This Inteiretrt resulted in th« erection of the first 
of a group of theater-i whicli, taken all tOfa;etUer, bear 
teaticiony to an orxltinc atmosphere of ICiiitimatu theater 
oiMl auolcnl concerts thi'ough the y©ar»« 

UlsuiK*t3 Opera House ims built by Isaac Ulaao in 
lS6e. Located In Market vSquare, it was th«* first theater 
with stage and acenen' th&t Hilliaa»|«)rl ever had. As 
previously aienticacci, up to this titac all cnttrtainaents 

of a theatrical nature were given In Doebler*s Hall with 

nothiag tut a pU^tfora for a sts^e. 

In the early ystra of the Ulaan Opera House soias 

noted stars of their clay appeared there. One in particular 

Kas tlie Irish t*;nor, Fritz Eaact. .'ippJorinii «i lirat 

1 Willia:3sport Sesquicentannial Historical aooS.let , p. 89, 

2 The Daily Ga»ette and 3ulletia, Jiarch 9, 1303, p. J, 



<v« , 

." ' f\'-f *T v^yji? '::;if? 

ifalas!-. ^L^z-E^mBiMM ^ 


in OMpUQr with XhQ 3c 11 Ringars, on mch 8uo«««(iiiig visit 
h» had adviQiKiad ci st«p hlghor ui% tbo lad6«r of faa«. !!• 
Muo^ his inii4i table Gcnoan dialect adaga with taadsroeaa 
and baauty. His St. aamard dog* Vara, ias his constant 
cofl^Muiion. A favorite aiua>er Kith the aiKlienos Mas tlM 
niiMbar Nbsrc taro useU to K^Xk oajastically onto the staga 
abaa PTits aang, "Say* Schneider « don*t you vant to buff 
a dagf"* 

Durin;; the lost fen years of its existence as a 
theater nothing hut variety shows wars giiraa* Haywood 
awt ]fo&irr*s v^aridties oocai>ied the place all on4» winter. 
This aaa due to the arrival of the new Aaadaagr of Xuaic 
in 1370, Maturally the i>ettdr artists ware attracted to 
the aore ao«nouiss« and aod«rn theater, aad the Ulaan 

Hoiuie £;ot only the chsapsr shows* It oloseu aa a theater 

in 1*374 and was conv^rteu into aa ^ 

Aetsmx OF 3a;sic 

The Aondeiqr of JHasic opeasd Deoe«h«r 10, la70. It 
is the cmly aae of t</illiaj»port * s theaters to regain to 
the preaeat day la a structural seaae. The Afaaii^y occu* 
pled the Elliott block which coutinuco to aark the south- 

3 Anae Ciwyaey, *Jac ' \er to the H'>cic Polks,* 

T!k ^--.iaasport Sun* . . *f»2, n.t). 

4 The Daily Gaac tto and bullet in, lUirch .^, 1903, p. 3. 

9%»en»tm0t Afim mtfite i^XMib nsstaO •XcSAtiAloi, •ill aoct 

tcAteaoc jBJt^ naif ,€!%»% «3|»l^ ^i«eiMti .td aiit ,\iam»C kam 

•d$ mm* •9«aiiJMM m2> litJhf *i«dMJiii •tiioy«l A .ficiiiaqiivo 

•late »Ai otac ^ll4SDit««iaft Mkh cf Imi«u oioU 0-uMtMr iMdawi 

tIKi Ot tOliV IfOY t*IIOi» tlAtkXwiUloe *X«i*.* tSIMi Stl«rt OlUltM 

MKWtAlI •oavil rt«w vvoito Yt«ii£v i/ltoii t«fii«ill 

«*totAi« oflo IXj* ftOAiq «Mtt ^l^de« (B^ttmitM^ •^nrtiOoM to* 

oieiiiK lo \pu»AMU»A KNlfi vdlt 1N> X«vli*M 9iit ^f wjb mm cldT 

at b»to««itt£ oisw t^fLltna *i*#t»d 94t xLlM'wtatL .•'^■"'' ^ ai 


912X9! ^0 UrSOAOi SSf 

ot AiaM£'i ot ti9ti¥Htt •'HefSMBiljULn lo t>n« x^^>0 *At •! 
««oo0 ^gntfitf^A aifT •••lum Jti; its « ^ tai»«cii4 •di 

•tftcos Adt 3l*uaR ot fr«MsiaitaoG» ti£>''''^ ^ooi. . w..^ < <jAt tflq 

WNrt corner of Fourth and Piae stro«t». Skylights In tho 
ooator iwil of thtt iipp«r floors of this tmildiog stlU 
glirt svidoiMift of thtt »tructur«8*o arigijiftl pttrpo««,^ 
w« G. Elliott WAS ths |»ro9ri«tor. Tbs A««taiv 
scctipitta tlM i|pp«r floor ma& loft ths street Iwol thoa 
*s noi* to stores. Ths maIq cutranos una oa Plas Str««t. 
1 Aoard of Trade pttULicatioa In 1S86 Uoscrib^i the /^codai^ 
ia thk9 Mart 

Thsre £ir« ssvsral public halls in 
tl» city, t>at njost important as well 
as the favaritd placs of aaRiaaasot 
is th« Aeada^iy of iiualc. Ti» buil<:i« 
i«fi is lar^s aaa im»mia$ ia app^r- 
•see aa<J is worth prolsalsly or« 
hua(lre<2 thousaad dollars* It 
asatalao aany firs« stars roons, 
sfeO|»i ana offices. The theater, 
*»^ich is abm'c, is farnlitfsed wit^^t 
all the {soU^m appllaacea, scenery 
aafi sta4;« prapertlea to facilitate 
the aomting of any play. The aad* 
itsriaa will m%t I, 32 persons 
ooatfcrtahly, and fully 200 aore oaa 
fta2 oofstfdrtablj tst^.ndtag roaa. 
The aecoratloats uf a«at, appropri- 
ate anu rich. It is *«vr!aed by sts^sia:, 
aais electric hwa-aers iUtwiaate it. 
»es«rly nil tbr theatrical stern aad 
finrt-class actors of tte <lay have 
appeare<2 h«ri: r t -^n" tlae or another 
a« vuiiaaaport is aaa of points 
sslectee by al! t!ia travsilla^ co»- 
paoies. ^ 

6 The KilllaMport ^m* Scpteaber 22, 1352, p. !•• 
6 Ihi4 . 

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TIM buildiAg wft« «alMrg«4 iKjr the aoaition of M 

annex in XBii4, anSciog tiM fulX Iftogih of tiM buXluiag 

two luiodiHKl •isM feet sxasX iacremaiiie; ttici seatixti^ capaoit/ 

to oofi thmumaA one lutisdlrHKl eixty^five, A new gallM*/ 

i«Ml erected, aatl new ohiUre were inetaiied on tiM aftin 

floor. They wes*e deearl^Mci nm follows s 

fha new oiinirt «re of iroa and wood 
with perforated backs nad Mnts. 
UatfwaMith 1» & wire «Senrioe for 
iMMiKii^ out of the yumy a hiit in 
•afetyf nl«o a eiailar wire on 
the ba<^« of tbe chaire to receive 
n eont or nhawl* There in tm 
diui2«r of eoilin.; cl()tbe« ci« th*^s*« 
i» no lenther or clirth ooanentnd 
with the«.? 

mm 4mpih of the stnge wns incrwMMO to fifty f^ot. 

^reaniag voosm were orbited leAding directly to tho etagoi 

ttBffiUrr reel were added along with an elevator to mise 

*^llTir fiP^tk the p-ouad floor. A tvmmf tmr tniciiig hTiei 

up and dowa led f^r^i the rear of the stage to Pin«) All«y« 

Hm orchestra, lost end of being la tnvst of the stage aa 

hefore, was to ^fiddle and hl<»r froa the n<rth eltie of the 

•taee*** •* fine graad «prl,fht Sohtatr piano frow th*? i«re« 

rooam of Hwwm, r. S, Aadrtts and Co," was proour«^ whieh 

aade it tawiegeaaary f<jr concert trou?>cirs to s^ek a piaaa 

elaewhere.* Elch mirtains to decorate the archcetra box 

The S^ly Gaaette m oa aoll^tln , Avt^at 28, IwM, p. 4. 


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coapletcil th«i effect. 

Frict^s or aduij»3ion to th« AcaiMur of Xu^ic in 

1888 were ii3t«d as thirty-fivo cents, fifty cont»» 

»ev«aty-f ivc c«inlK attd du« uuilar. With th«.' aciciition 

of a new c£ur^^^«t that yeur Manager Elliott aent word 

tbx*o\Ji^h t2ic prieas tiiat "he hopea tobacco chewcrs xill 

rMMaber this lact and act ac^cordin^ly." 

A is'iter ot an earlier day rccalloU the goo<l 

acoustics and tixc ability to sec cvcryoao in the house 

a# fliatt«r where oo«*s s^&t w;;3 loc&tcd. X^4«fe &lc^&ac-, of 

th« occasion found tiki. 1&-Iics x/carin^ dr68S«s wit&a 

•noraOQS puffetl slccvea &nr: cart- 
trtieal hats which wer& never rsooved 
duria^; tht pti' ioViStuiiC^* 2]o t^au 
waa worth reraesibering who fulled 
to scrivl the au-;'.ireJ a bii; corsasc 
bouquet whan expecting- to escort 
her to ihc theatar. Tais vaa 
pinned on tht ahouldar aidiway bt- 
tvccn the puffed ale«ve and cart- 
whael hat. 11 

Xaoy wcri» the uaforget table entertaiainents at tha 

Acadaay, (including ao&e. which auat hav« BC«entarily 

disturbed the usual decorum.) Aaoag tUeia was an a>ausing 

8 Ibid > 

9 Ibid . 

10 The Daily Gazette and BtfXXotia . September 1, 1333, n.p. 

11 Anne Lina Cheyney, July 16, 1932, n.p. 

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Ir.cidftnt wliich occurred ot the tine th« South wt^s suffer- 
ing' frotn n deowrgd of j-allow fever. hTllil^a l-llliott 
brought a cel^&tM'etod asncsrt coapaay to cpp^ar in a bene- 
fit. The affair was wldftly advertised. People were 
•9p9cinXHj excited abotit th» prrtctlsed slnrln^^ of Tfae I^ast 
Roflc f?f SufBM»r hy the world fa»ott» prlaa rtf>?ina. Earn 
Ka-vws, Th€ !9i»ata sold at a fast rate, one of the choic«8t 
i;oin:; to E&nry stf^-ftSt 5» v»»ll known flgwr* «b<»at town in 
that day, Mr. Stokos, wHo reportedly did not i*an toimrd 
tlM classic style of BuslCf was to enjoy hi» first con- 
cert ©xperlencc, Whili* waiting for The taut P<»ne of 
.SMrnnfir, he IndnXgrM in an <K:crAf^lf»n?»t rv%Pj th^ reat of the 
progrv! nattirnlly b-istn^^ » llttlp borln,"? tn htm. IJnfor- 
tunntelf he w»c» th«» f»n^3ii|»#H? Khcrj th« antii:in«+<'d nuather 
ca'jo on. It 'rfould hav« resulted only in Henrj^'s lonn had 
ho not decided to Airniah the alns:«r with "the lo«de«t 
snors ncconrvanlsn^nt you ejv«r hftnr<i. And «la«i, the piece 
de y'^^,^^ tanco , plann^fJ to draw t«nr*» and dollrirs for the 
afflicted South went off with a laugh. ""^^ -p/i^^r^ r'.?^ 

LtcomsG Q^mA mum 

*flth the orjenin,? of the ^yco-^in:; Onnra Hnuae on 
Septemhor 8, 1892- th« city*n cultural life ar<]mndod. 

12 Anne Linn Cheyney, December 24, 1928, n»p. 

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Tbe Op«ra Rouse wao established Xay 19th of ths 
I»*svlous year with ths issuing of a charter to a board 
lissdsd by Renrsr V, hatsoiit president, and John D. Guinter, 
ssorstary and treasurer. Hsabers of the building; coanuLttee 
were Eaauiuel Andrews, Fred H. Sweet and Charles K. Stearns .^^ 

Previous to this tise Mr. Andrews had visiteu the 
principal theaters of the country and had secured ouiny 
pointers in theater construction. Later the buildini^ 
csMdttee sngageu Culner and Hudson as architects and 
visited Now York and Philadelphia theaters bef(a*e beginning 

the plans. The structure finally was sodelled lurgsly 

after the Chestnut Street Opera House of Philadelphia. 

Ths Opera House stotKi proudly four and a half 

floors high just east of Laurel Street on Third, It \mB 

built of Portage red stone, red and buff brick with 

terra cotta and galvanized iron trlmings.^^ It was 

heralded as being "in advance of its tise in all its 

appointaents." Adaissions in 1392 ranged froa twenty-five 

cents in the gallery to one dollar for parlor chairs in 

13 The h^illiaosport Sun , Septeaber 22, 19S2, p. 15. 

14 The Daily Gazette and Bulletin . June 1, 1915, p. 1, 

15 The williaaaport Sun , August 31, 1954, p. 5. 


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th» flr«t eiijht rows of the theater. 

On the opening night the Stopper and Fiak Orchtatra, 

Xhn official orchestra of the Opera House, played the 

following prograa} 

Overture •Feat» ————— Lartzlag 
March froa "Tannhaueer" —- Wagner 
Intermezzo, •Slnfonico" — - Mascagni 
Pittaford's Para ————— Keigand 

'laa Fantasy — — — Tobini 17 

During the first twelve years the Opera House 
suffered froa Managerial difficulties. In 1895 John L, 
Guinter, Manager, ha£i retired, unUer protest from the 
directors, ami the board of Managers leaae<2 the theater 
to Wagner and Heis of Braaforci.^'* Within the next five 
years the place became rather run down and began to lose 
caste in tbe theatrical world. In 1900 Fisk and Seeber 
a»su»ed the ManageMsnt, and by sound business principles 
brouifht it back to nearly its foraer position. 

In December, 1903, a nsw patron of the theater 
MOnred onto the scene to purchase the building from the 
stockholders of the corporation. Fred H. Laaade, himself 
a Shakespearean actor of record, was the purchaser. He 

Itj The Williaasport Sua, September 22, 1952, p. 15, 

17 The Daily Gazette and Bulletin , June 1, 1915, p. 1, 

18 The Daily Gaactte and Bulletin , April 30, 1JJ95, p. 1. 
I» Ths Daily Gazette and Bulletin, DaceMber 17, 1903, p. 5. 

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flwcared full p08e«a9ion on June th« first and l«ua«d lately 
gaw notice that reaodalling; would begin tho following 
wteic. Lywu) J* Flak of the old fira of Piek and Baeber 
was to be the new oaaageri Roy Poulk was to direct the 

The coat of the Opera House had b«en $150, 000 .00. 
130,000.00 «ore was spent by Xr« Laaade on renodellini; 
the interior and exteri(»* in an elaborate aaaner. lbs 
walls ware painted a light blue with buff trioainiji tha 
downstairs boxes were lowered and all boxes were surround- 
ed with brass rails} the rear of each box was elevated. 
Scenery was repainted and many aore lights were added 
throughout the house. Evan electric floor fans were in- 
stallcKu A aarqueo was constructed at the entrance, oak- 
ing a very handsoae and artistic appearance with its 
ayriads of electric lights. Seating capacity was eighteen 

The night before the re-opening' the auditor iua 
lij^bted up J the new electrical apparatus was tested and 
found to be in excellent condition. Fire drills were 
also practiced. 

20 The Daily Gazette and nulletin . May 27, 1904, p. 2. 

21 The Daily Gazette and Bulletin . June 1, 1904, p. 5, 

• ^«•vV^;Jl 0^m$3 ^€bJi 

: r<.>^ wit 

1 no •OTV *W; . 00,0t| 


SottMt*8 aaad was a frcquwnt attractloa. On one 

occasion, Hovaiiber 26, li:)02, tSie noted Hetropolitan 

opera star, Bstalld Lieblinj^, appeared with the bami. Sh« 

sans Thou 3rllllant BirU . from Pearl of Brazil , by David. 

On th« avenini2*8 prograa folder is found a coluon, "Stage 

Gossip f* nuaerous advertiseaects of local iaerchants* 

products, Golf Queen Sachet powder, Bseoan^s pepsin gaa 

aad others. On the back in a box is th& st@rn earning t 


Eating peanuts and throwing 
shells on the fl<jor is positively 
prohibited in this theater, and 
persons doing so will be Gject©d, 
The saiae rale applies to spitting 
tobacco juice on the floor. 22 

Many people can still reaeaber the long waiting 
lines that foraed even on the coldest winter evenings to 
bwy tickets fw the grab seats in the "peanut gollery" 
of ths Opera House. Artists always recalled the discri- 
adnation of Williaosport auiii&ncca with the truisa that, 
•If they applauded you in williajasport you were good!" " 

It is ironical that when fire destroyeii the Lycooing 
Opera Houm on Hay 10, 1315, so rmch ejq;>ha8i5 was placed 
on the building* s safety features. It boasted of an asbestos 

22 LycQffluLnj; Opera House pro^syaa , J'oveabcr 2G, 1902, p, 4. 

23 The «flllla«sport Sun, Septeiaber 23, iaS2, p. j. 






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ciirtain that mighed over a ton. It was woven over a 
brass wir« network and mas hung so as to ssotirs autmntio 
action in ease of oeeU, Tho ciittiji^ of a thin rope at 
any one of th« nujaerous points on the sta£o releaaeU it* 
Thax^ wero twalve existing exits. On one occasion elghtsea 

himUrad persons left the theater vithin three ainvttes of a 

final curtain. Only eight of the twelve doors were used. 

The building was totally destroyed by the fire 

tililoli was one of th« tsost 8p«ctacular and aost costly 

ev«r to occur in the city. The twilding alone was worth 

$130, 000 .00. Pixttxres and equipaent brought it to 

$176,000.00. Only one third of the loss was covered hy 

insurance. Nothing was saved, the Kepaaa iBand lost its 

csflv»lete eqaiiMtsat of instruments, lausic, uniforns and 

relics} the Airdoae Orchestra lost all its music and a 

set of druaa and traps | the Stof^er and Fisk Orchestra 


lost its snsic, droas and traps. 

The scene was one of tragedy as the fire, thoaght 
ta bava be«n caused by defective wiring, ragsd froa four 
A. M. cmtil about six: A. K. The walls caved in one by 
one, and several explosions hlew out plate £lass windows. 
Coffee and sandwiches were served to the fireaen by 
D, S. Andrus aiul Co. 

24 The Williaa0pc»<t Sun . September 23, 1952, p. 9. 

25 Ths Daily Gazette and Bulletin . May 31, IJIS, p. !• 

26 Ibid« 

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Thus endttci the existence of what was probably 
Williara3port«s iiost lavish theater. !!f«arly aai th« 
l««iding artists and stars of tbat day w»re seen on its 
stage • After the iaprovements were acldeci theatrical 
people coning here from all ov^r the world saiU that for 
a city the size of Killiaizsport the Lycoraing Opera House 
was the best found anywhere. 


TtHNM years after Fred M, Laisade purchased tho 

Lycoaing Opera House the announceaiont was finds that he 

planned to build a new theater. His plans were brought 

to public notice in a centennial edition of the williaas- 

port Sun in July, 1906? 

The opera house owner has recent- 
ly acquired the lot south of the 
city hotel on Pine Street, frontage 
104 feet, aepth 20a feet, and on 
this will be erected this coming 
fall a new high-class family theater 
with a ^k4»tini^ rini: in the riiar. The 
cntertainaents to be given here will 
bo of a high and polite order that 
lady or child can properly see and 
enjoy. The new place of aauseaeot 
will probably be opened about Novea- 
ber 1, 1906. It will be conducted on 
the popular price idea, probably ten 
or twenty cents except on special 
occasions when the price any be a 
little higher. 27 

27 The Williaasport Sun, Septeaber 23, 1952, p. 9. 

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a itmux tun* 

t*4tor ^^XMi«««i - 

flM fteUjr TtMAtcr itas l>ullt la 1907 «t m oo«t of 
forty th9U«ttml dollar »• $«atiag ottpcioltjr mmi ooft thou** 
«iks, ott« iMaKir**! fifty .^^ 

AftM* the ei«fttb of ^*. i4M»dOt his mm, MAlt«r 0. 
Tiiwirlt, op«r»t«)a tho t!k«ttt«r, Tti« younger Hr. UhmkIo 
I t— o d afl4 sold tu« tb«ater aoTaraX tiado bvit £oa«nmy 
to ta&e It iMMSc b«eau9« of flaiuaolAl difflsultlfto of 

tlM ep9emi9t»* 

fott y««r« aft^r tmim tullt ttM» &■«« mmi chetm^ 
to tlMi Mijostici aft AT two aor« doeaiot It boowM tlio 

DvrlAg Ito yofkTo ao tlw lf»i«9tlc *th« tlMat«r*s 
lll^to dUnnS Iwforo tk9 a^vaxta* of tnc fiick.«r8, lat^r 
tHo toAkloo."*"^ A« tim KATltoe it blUod ^laolpaUy 
4««tto foattiro aotries stmi an oeoaoloaal VMHdoviUo unit. 

lo later yeara anln ovonta of tim tfto&tcr'o ol^* 
tlao trwlitiaa waro tlM CoaaiMiity Cooeart SorUa, a fow 
raaei prodaotlooa of ota^e slioHa axMt attaaol <Iiiiioo rocltata 
Hr 3looal otudloa, 

f*iaally» aftor running at a loao for aovoral y«ara» 
tbm oaat of liodpins tt» theater going t)ooaa« too groat 
for tiii3 oMiiaro. la iaS2 It Maa doel^oa to toar the 





bttildljig 4mm to «•)£• m^ far soHntliiiig uahcarc of wh*a 
it MM bitilt • « pttriciag lot. 

flit flr*At«st of tliicatricaX flgiar«« appoar^d on thm 
•tag* of thift tiMftt«r, laoliidiiig tli* SmnfmarsB suki aat«r« 
of ttMlr «iai&<!r. lit th® w w i iofcl warM tte t;r«at««t of 
art lata pwfmev»^ from Sadftam Sainaiatin-^leliik to Paul 

Mmtoaaii, it la reo«dX«d» ^la^faOi a iai4al4,ht con- 
Gcirt at tiM l&M«stic b«BattM a tiaolWTyi tot^ ^irouglit hiii 
faaa to face vdth t6« looal '*bluo la^n* ifhiob forbada 
tlHMitrloal parforMMMa* an teactar*^^ 

OMHttnitr Ca^sc«art nealiara of today can recall alioa 
UMPMwa TiUtett aaae liara aa a pmtsilf xaOmnm aad wi* 
hwiKia i ad FtplaffiMWl for tli« i«tea«i«l«<i artlat*'"^ 

i<rit2i tlt« d«it3olitian of th« JSarlton Ttwstar a 
laadaarlE 9t a pa«t «t« x«ft tiM eitr ae«a«« Proaant 
ialialtltaMitc of t^ oitr rcHHMfear wltn «Nrtalgia tuo 
•xciting ataoapliara of lagltlaato ttioator aatl «^«at 
an«ifial or^c^srta eii|er*d tlitrft* 


ax ¥ii8 St^illiaauqpKU^t Sua, S«|>t«AMH^ 22, 1:^52, p, 15, 

♦ J'.>.: 
llMMi AiMlJllllK Ml" 

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tfT ir. 

CBiiprm XVIII 

historr of (^illiamport^s wwdoai lif« has b«on rooor«l<i<u 
Tkis bam e«r«r«a a q^wa t>f «9fr«aciaftt«ly oih» hunar«4 and 
fifty T^mPBt bagiwiiag with tli« «&r2y aiaeto^nlh contury 
mad •eAiag with tiM adMlo of th« tM»iiti«tii e«atury. 

Baviai; Immi born and raiaatf in wUIiaMport and 
havlas anvagad in tlM auaic profaaaioa thmrtt for a ntartMn* 
of yMkra» tbe tritor lawi itpoa xmajt oaeaaioos liaard refsr- 
aaoa* mu&m to aariler paracm«y «irftats> plac«s aoa organ* 
isatiooa liliioh tia«l f Igurod proaiaMitly in ttio ausical Uf@ 
of the city* Uaaalijr tlwao ooflMKita ware laoiflng in 
(lotaiX, aad aasqr of th« su^joots to trinicb tiiay t*«ferrod 
waro QaftQMMn to tb« ptraaant i£«a«s*ation» Horoov«r thoro 
aaa so plac^ ono could go to fiadi iafor^tttion oonoaraiag 
tbMu AXi ttiia atirroil tbo writer* a iaagi^it^tioa oooo«*a» 
iag iftHlttai^«3g*t*o ^sBsai^^ai paat* as otatod ia tho Xatro- 
ttt»ctior} t!ui isaidant of fin^iag the souaa iBiaa pragraa 
aaa the aiibsoQttaat oatliuaiassi of tlio public litirarT ia« 
araaaod tua 4aairo a»a ^roaptac! ttio dociaioa to Uo tlia 
rm murtO km it tlidr« w«ra ootable auaioiaaa aa<l iiq;>ortant 
aaeooipliabBftata in tiota paat it aaasKt fitting tliat tbi^ 
tbaalA be broagbt to Xi^tst and reoordaa aa a nattar of 


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interest and future reference. 

The nature of the problem was to find the first 
•igns of any <-ausical activity in the earliest days of 
Williamport * s existence. Proa those early beginnings 
the project involved tracin^j the developaent of nusic 
in its various aspects down to the present tiaie. Person* 
alities, ory;anizations and events had to be searched out 
and considered. The research covered a period of approx* 
iSAtely two years. Allowing this auch tiae was iiaportant 
because of the local interest which developed. As people 
learned of the project they often 8Ui;:g0Sted iteas of 
poasible value. 

Several aethods of attack were employed. Throufll 
the two years naiaes of all personalities^ or^iauizations or 
related constituents ever stent loncd to or rswuihsred by 
the writer were kept on file. Clippings froa all local 
newspapers concerning nusic were collected. Contacts 
ware then ande with all possible people who night have 
inforaation on any of these subjects. One interview 
naturally led to another as inquiry on a particul£ir Hqox 
often brought forth suggestions of other interesting sub- 
jects hsretofore unknown. The circuastance of the writer's 
being a native of •(illiaasport afforded her the advantage 
sf often linowing whoa to contact for pertinent inforsiation. 
These personal intwviews were sxtreAsly valuable. Soae 

Sift-ill d.. J -s ■'.' r. ,*a «iv 

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^•V't ifti- ^'^.•^;■^^*I > 

If t?^tHI:fi»i.'i<%'^'t'S 4».' ■ •^.i-.i'&j 

r«f«r«tteo« to aew^pn^er article* wore on flXe at Urn 
public library, tiimm «f«r« ejuniMa, la ad<litioa muay 
Jmoal mmmpap9r9 wtro taMmfcta goiag ^ca. to tite city's 
first publicdtioaa la l^e. MMa orfaftixationa w^re 
fo«uMi, afforta mr^ m»A9 to locat« $mf oarly raeorAa of 
•Itch that aigttt b« ia exiatenoa, Barly hiatorl&a of 
Lf^Mttias County taai •6ra{»)>ooic» ifsra a»Biiaa(l« All faaata 
oi attaioal activity war* iiwludad «a ia alMMa in tha 
fable of Coat en to. 

▲ftar r f rtl ng thia hiatory tlMra aay ba thmMi iito 
flay leaonf of othar iafonatlon tZiat ougbt to bava baaa 
iacludad in this iiritiiis. It ia ontlrely poaaible that 
•om iteaa of lnt«r«at teva raaainad liicid«a« l^aai tto 
«a*itar*a point of Yiaw vfty paa«iblo aaMrao af atttarlal 
Naa aaarelMMl to obtain aa oom^ata a pletura aa poaaible 
of irilliaaaport * 9 stuaieal davalapoast. 

Tba UtMk. baa baac a faaelnatiaf adv^tore io aaaar 
aaya. Saw paraoaalitioa have baan aaeount^eU} olii faota 
bava baaa givaa a nav aigoificancoi a city aaa baan V" 
4i9cov«ra4« la sl»»oi«g tbrattgli tba pacta of tbia theala 
tbM« Miio are iatareated in i^'illiaasp3rt*a aaiaical lifa 
aay nail ba prattd of b«r aoeoi^lialiaaata* 

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Co., 1>JG, 

Aonual Report of tha Public SehooU qf Strjlllamiwyort for 

Friatlng Oooae, X9X0, 

Bonner t Clint » A gyaa i» ^fflpo . Chloa^, Viloox and Poilet 
Co., 19&2. 


l«9lei»9» J<^m Boarjr XXI, "Tiio iKoveroiiU Jolm Henry' Bo^liui, 

JaCQUQline's Letter to tbo Ho«m» Folks (a coluam by Xrs. 

Arusu Linn CJaejraay pttUllsbod ia Th« ifilliejaaport Sun frm 
1927 to 1332 wookly and otherwlao,} Lycoadng Couniy 
:velectlons, 3 vols. 

irvt" li'ISrvT. W TT 

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, Giwtav, "A Xnsloal Ttmq) la Bw*«|»t," TbttCr«i* 
Sa0t* ^ ilXwmifr, UlL , 20 and (Docetf>or, 13117, 

Lloyd, Col. Tiiowia, aiatory of LTnmdam C—ty, p# umn^»-^«>- 
ia. Tor«iJa^y«tlaaiSaria, HialJMal MKia&iasco»> 
l92», 2 vola. 

Uroomlmt <^ip|ff]a nous® Pro^jraa . Noveabur 2Q, 1902 » \ 

liMTsh, Harr«u L., Ujgtory of Cqfraaaat »Cen ti-ai 

'^"^•g&i^/H i??^iaaLfg|g^ 

Mttort Choral Art Club. Octo!H>r 10, 

, 1934. 

Sua aad aannor , 1386 to ItSfl* 

- (, Octobar 7, l"^3'», 

'Bullotin . 1025 to liSe, 

• ; ' i;>i^ to i^)5(i. 

.tfaltlon 9f the C^ett<» W^ 

Tha Dally Gosetto aaa ^^ilotia . 1370 to 1^24, 

tlia <l^attjr ii?ac to l;ii!l. 

flM UlUiaanport Sun, lc'>:iG to 1956. 
H fft ftWMCh BulloTIn . 1964. 
vmiaigaport Sua^Gozatto , i35S to 1366. 

Ovariyer, Q!^g>^j}jpg^^^||y^ ^Offpofarf, Maw Tork, 


Proaga« of MMPWfall Cln'o Coacort , Aja-il 9, li)23. 

Rohrar, Gartrud* Itortta. Maa^c ay^ ?fnfti,ciaft;p of yeoi|ayl> 
t>moia . ruLladelpJda, ?a. , Tbeodoro Praaaar Co., 1J40. 

Sctumborg, Harold, "Pacing the ?fu»ic," Huaical Courier 
(Xarob 1, 1J52), 4. 

Soimaok. 0. G,, Early Concert Lifa in Aaerica . Lelpalg, 
araitkopf a odllariel, ^'t. 



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Wllllaasport Sosqulcenteanial Booklet , p. 63. 

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AS OF JUNE, ld57 

Miss 31anoh« Applegate 
Hiss Lena Qeal 
Mi9S Leah IXll 
Fr«<l DeCaalo 
Xi«« Hanesr Dcttling 
Mr*. Carol Uvoouen 
Miss Constance Fisher 
Mrs. Kurt Glaser 
Miss Kadi Is Itorrer 
Hrs. Carl k. Hunter 
Mrs. Garth Kleckner 
Mrs. C. R, Hartln 
Mrs. Jaiws Jfensch 
Miss Mary Pyies 
Mrs. Esther Ralph 
Mrs. M« M. Hosevear 
Miss Enlly Ros^vear 
Mrs. Paul Shoeoaker 
Pred ». Snell 
Miss Carol Steele 
Miss Myrtle Stroup 
Mrs. Grace Tressler 
Mrs. Uonald Veley 
Doxter We ike 1 
H. vi, Willlaxnson 


Mrs, Walter Hclver 
Miss Helen l^oulse Reldy 

Lolaml Mallet 
Mrs. Anthony Schoaus 
ft»e<i R. Snell 
Miss Carol Steele 
Cexter ii^e.lkel 
H. V. Kllllaason 


Mrs. Louise Vogt Edler 
Osborne Housel 
Mrs. John Ross 
Mrs, Ronald Veley 

&mm issTRPMEirrs 

Earl Cawr, banjo, guitar, 

FVeU DeCanlo, clarinet, tru?iy>et 

William Hoebner, Jr., truapct 
Paul Knauff, clarinet, saxophone 
Bmest Lehoan, drusis and aariaba 
Harold Lysaan, clarinet, saxophone 

flute, piccolo 


T';^ i'KA. -JJi^L- 

• BO- 

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of the 
AS OF JUlfK, 1957 


Trinity Episcopal 
Christ rpiscopal 
St, Kary's Episco- 
All Sta. Episcopal 
Church of the Good 
Shephsrd Episco- 
Pine Street 
Mulberry Methodist 
Jfar^et Street 

Method ist 
High St. Methodist 
Grace Methodist 
Newberry Methodist 
Salea A.M.E. - 

Zion Methodist 
So. Kliliaa«p«rt 

Third St. Methodist 
Calvary Methodist 

Bethel A.M.E. 

Dunoistown Parrish 

Faxon -fTemaar 

St. Mark's Lutheran 
St, Paul's Lutheran 
St, Luk(i*9 Lutheran 
Redeemer Lutheran 



J. Bertram Strickland J, Bertram Strickland 

David Smith 

Lauretta Ha£enbuch 

Mrs. Bcrle binder 
Hev. A. n. Head 


Mr, & Mrs. Walter G. 

Charles Miller 

killiam Huffman 
Kaltcr Shaffer 
Harry Williamson 
Louise Stryker 

Constance Fisher 

Williaa Bailey 
Mrs. Harry Tho-Tias 
Kenneth Masteraon 


Mrs. k'arren Zubcr 

Mrs. Sols Hall 
Frederick Saell 
Harold R, Hunt 
Mrs. Eugene i* inner 
Mrs, Edweurd Eisenbeis 
& Marian Law Hall 

James Schnars 
Mrs, Robt. Harer 

lira. George Parke 

Jay Stenger 
Mrs. Dewey Craw 

John Conrad 
!tr3. Komer Bennett 
Harry h'illiamsoa 
Louise Stryker 

Constance Fisher 

Mrs. Ruth Mitchell 
Mrs. Harry Thoaias 
lira* Samuel Hutchin< 

Mrs. Mabel Andrews 

Mrs. Guy Haloifell 

Mrs. Paul Cervinsky 
Frederick Snell 
Harold R, Hunt 
Mrs, Eugene winner 
William H, ifurster 

.-. V«rU H...iJ;4i. -: -■ . '.r A. /: 1 1 -? 5aC/:w 

>^ . .kti-J *ljM*i 



St, John's Lutheran 
Sales Lutheran 

St. Mat-liieii'd 

Xeasiah Luthoian 
Covenant -Central 

First Pre Siberian 
Lycoaing Preslqrter- 

Bethany Praaby« 

First ij. U. B. 

St. John's E. U, B. 

St. Paul* 3 E. U. a, 

Grace K. U. B, 

Christ 1., U. B. 

Trinity h;. U. B. 

WilliaMsport Uii'o 
cult £. u. a. 
BaXitf riilxa 

iMumuei Evangelical 
anti kiforaed 

St. John's Evangel- 
ical anci Rttforaifd 

Calvary lUptist 

Central Baptist 

First Baptist 
Xeaorial Baptist 
Bast End Baptist 
Ebenozer Ba4>tist 

Shiloh Baptist 
Tabernacle Baptist 

virs. iiobert 
Wilbert Porss 

Mrs. H. X. Kossvear 
Dexter Weiu.el 

Leiaad >tallct 
Lester Bir chard 

Harold Reusaer 

21rs. Twain L. firewer 

B«igh Willioioson 

Mrs. John Streeter 

Hrs. Vanct> Gail' 


Ei'oa ISLelley 

Krs. Jaaes Cooper 

Roacoe Heiiu 
Hanoy Steiger 
Dale Bower 

Dorothy Gallup 

Hrs. John 3. Ross 
John Schliof 
Hr^j. A, Harrison 

David SAith 
Hrs. Lee R. Decker 
Xrs. Lester Burkhart 
Krs. Lee Dar<ien 
MJrs. Lewis Coins 
TXra, Burgess Jamison 
Mr. Dallas Andrews 
Mrs. Clyde Ryder 

Garden View IJaptist Wilbur Weld 
Church of thti Annun- 
ciation Catholic Lrneat Fisher 

Church of the Ascen- 
sion Catholic John Blooai 

St. Boniface 

Catholic iili^vin Zeigler 

Xrs. Bttgenc Land on 
tfilbert For»e 

Mrs. X. M. Rosevear 
Dexter We ike 1 

Leland T-Callet 
Lester Hirchard 
Hrs. Kenneth 

Mrs. R, C. Sobriag, 

Hu£;h Williaason 
Carol Steele 
Hrs. Carl R. Hunter 
Xrs. Darel Cass 
Geraldine aetts 
Mrs. Jaoes Cooper 

WfMm Ardon Mutchler 


iiram Richard Din^^le 

Dorothy Gallup 

Kra, John B. Koss 
John Schlief 
Hrs. A. Harrison 

Leo Hess 

?£rs. Lee K. Decker 
Mrs. Lester Burkhart 
Mrs. Rudolph Hyers 
Hrs. tfilXiaia Hyers 

Mrs. Gertrude Todd 
Barbara Sheapp» 

Mrs. Grace Jlintz 
Robert Kane 

Irene Pantaskey, 

John 31ooa 

Carl liaefner, Jr. 







Mater Dol.fjrota 

Holy Rosary 


St. Aim's Catholic 
St, Lawrence • a 

Te-TOle Beth Ha« 

Ohcv Sholom 

First Chltrc^ of 

dewberry Church of 


East Ena Alliance 

N^st End Gospel 

Pllgria Holiness 

Calvary Chvrch of 

tha Saznrene 
St, Jacis'g l:^';irn?inu«5l 

Eaaaauol Lutheran 
Chereh cf the open 


Pantecostai, /^ssoMb- 

ly of God 
Seventh Day Advent- 

Priands* First Church 
First Church of 

Christ Scientist 

Salvation Arsqr 

Goorge Clapa 
Krs, Mary Haclejko 
Eiiwaru 5 tar on 
Carl Crousi! 
Lester lUrchard 
Xorris Lang I cantor 
Hrs, Edwin Kurtz 
Kanneth Master son 
Lewis Muffley 

Clifford Bedford 

James Lantz 

LaUora Drike 
?Crs. John H'olfe 



Mrs, Maxine Bair 

Shirley Cogswell, 


Hilda Heyar 

Xrs. Francis 
iiidward Staron 

Xrs. Raynond Cowdsa 

Lester air chard 


Xrs. lidwln Kurtz 

Mary Margaret Lape, 

Jlrs. Lewis Muff ley, 


Marion Froy 
Hazel Gin tor 

Jaaos Lantz, pianist 

Lad or a Dr ike 
Mrs, John JiOlfo 

Mrs. Clyde ?Coor<i, 

Mrs, T, 8, Terry 

Mrs, Maxlno Bair 
Martha Hall 

Mrs. G, Hell 

Joan white 





by the 


John Charlea Thomas, « Oar it one 

Lawronce Tibbett,* iJarltone 
Vilss Oall«t 


Elizabeth Rethborg,# Soprano 

Maler and Pattison, Duo Pianists 

Opera Recital 

Xischa Elaan, Violinist 

Philadalphia Siafoniotta, Jvatherine Me isle. Contralto 


The Revelers, Ja?iie» Helton.* Tenor 

Eriki Korini, Violinist 

Robert Goldsand ana Maria Kurenko - Joint Recital 

JuLrrorn Little Sytaphony 


Cherniavslcy Trio 

Grace Hoore,« Soprano 

FlreUerictf naer,« aaritonc 

Clevolanu Syaiphony Orchestra, Kikolai Soicoloff , Conductor 


Niicolai Orloff, Pianist 

Toscha Seiiiel, Violinist 

Don Cossack Chorus, Serge Jar off, Conductor 


Jose Iturbi, Pianist 

Hart House String Quartette 

Hino Xartlni,« Tenor 

•Indicates Moaber Metropolitan Opera Association 

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H«if Torlc Ssraphony Orchestra, HUcoIai Sokoloff , Conauctor 
Xalcola and Godden, Duo Pianists 
Boss asui^ton,<» Soprano 


Xiisissl«Ald«n*TttrnM' String Trio 
DAlies PVantE, Pianist 
RicluuM Crooks, « Tenor 
Cbarlotto Sy»ons,« Soprano 


Xatienftl Syaplxony Orchestra, llans Killer, Conductor 
Ricluurd Boaelli, Baritone 
PowJler and Taaara, Dancers 
Aaam SjMicaSt* Contralto 


Jooss a&llst 

ClevelanJl S^paptony Orchestra, Artur Rodsinslci, Conducts 

Sigrid Onegin,« Dramatic Soprano 


Cuiosar ^ova«9, Pianist 

John Charles Thowis,« Baritone 

Cloiraland Sftaphonr (^ohestra, Artur Rodsinstci, Conductor 


Devi rja Dancers 

Jsan ?>ictrson,« Soprano 

Cleveland STaphooy Orchestra, Artar lodzinski. Conductor 


Tshudi Henuhia, Violinist 

Xetropolitan Opera <iuartet 

Dartlett and Robertson, Duo Pianists 


ilruna Castagna,« Contralto 
Qrsgor Plat Igor s^. Cellist 
Rnllet Rttssa de Xonte Carlo 
Igor Oorin, Baritone 

•Indicates Meaher Hetropolitao Opera Associati<m 









Helen Traub«l,« Soprano 

Robert Casactesus, Pianist 

Cleveland SyBq>bony Orchestra » Artur Rodzinski, Conductor 


Zino Franeescatti, Violinist 

Laurltz Melchior ami Astrid Varnay - Joint Recital 

Xla Slavenski, Dance Group 

Bartlett and Robertson , Duo Pianists 


The Ciiarles Wagnar Opera Company in "Carmen" with 

Hona Paulee 
Rudolph Serkin, Pianist 
Mary ?an Kirk,* Contralto 
irilliam Priarose, Violist 


Alexander Kipnis,<> s^ss 

>7icoli and Johanna Grauden - Cellist and Pianist 
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Prltz Reiner, Conductor 
Licia Allxinese,* Soprano 


Trapp Paally Singers 

Si8K>n aarrere, Pianist 

Indianapolis Ssnaphony Orchestra, Fabian Sevitsicy, 



The Robert ri&gner Opera Coopany in "Xadaae Butterfly" 

Bu^ene List, Pianist 

Coluiabia Concert Trio, Walter Cassel, Baritone 


Khite Series 

Cleveland Sya^hony Orchestra, George Szell, Conductor 

Leopold Simoneau,!^ Tenor 

ICaryla Jonas, Pianist 


Slue Series 

Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, George Szell, Conductor 

Jean Katson, Contralto 

Whittemore and Lowe, Duo Pianists 

•Indicates Xsi^er Metropolitan Opera Association 


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White Scries 

Xia Slavenoki Dancers 

DePaur Infantry Chorus, Leonard DePaur, Conductor 

Patricia Travera, Violinist 


Blue Series 

The Robert Wagner Opera Coapany, in •! Pagliacci anu 

Cavello^ria Rusticana* 
St, Louis Sitafonietta 
Apploton and Field, Pianists 


White Series 

DePaur Infantry Chorus, Leomurci PePaur, Conductor 

Xona Paulee,* Soprano 

Loewen^th Ensemble, Strings 


aiuc Series 

Joseph Battista, Pianist 

ikiwin Steffe, baritone 

Cleveland ;:>ymphony Orchestra, George Szell, Conductor 


Kuaolf Pirkuany, Pianist 
The Robert Shaw Chorale 
Xragard Seefried,* Soprano 
Svstlova Dance Enseable 


George Load on, Bass-Baritone 

AlUo Parisot, Cellist 

Carol Br ice, Mezzo-Soprano 

Xonique de la Bruchollcrie, Pianist 

Cincinnati Syaphony Orchestra, Thor Johnson, Conductor 


Sasclta Coroanitzki, Pi«iii«t 

Szysion Goldberg;, Violinist 

Frances Bible, Mezzo-Soprano 

Aagelaires, Harp Quintette 

Gershwin Concert Orchestra, Robert Zellcr, Conductor 

Sanrojsa, Pianist 

Elizabeth Doubleiiay, Soi»*ano 

Theodor Uppiaan,* rsaritone 

^Indicates Xsober Ketropolitan Opera Association 


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Vienna Acadsagr Chorus 
Baltlau>rG Synphony Orchestra 
Sabastian and Jarnac 
Tl K«rol Sze, baas 
H«rmatt Codes, pianist 


Mildrsd Hillsr, Soprano 
Leonard Kosc, Cellist 
Jorga Qolet, Pianist 
rjastan Pops Concert Orchestra 


Eujeiia Conley, Tenor 
Festival Qaartet 
Gary Graf f Man , Pianist 
DeFaur Opera Gala 

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