Geil White McMonies gave a piano recital before the Lyons (Neb.) Sherwood Club, January 2d, playing a program principally of modern compositions.
A sacred music program was given at the First Congregational Church, Sioux Falls, S. D., December 27th, by Messrs. Cressey (organist), Norton (violinist and basso), and Miss Shaver (contralto).
Mr. Carl Wilhelm Kern, whose compositions are well known to readers of The Etude, recently accepted a position with the Patton Seminary, Conservatory of Music, Dallas, Tex.
Mr. Homer A. Norris, the well-known theorist and composer of Boston, has arranged to take a studio in New York City, and will make his permanent home in that city.
The program book of the Schubert Musical Club, of Kalamazoo, Mich., shows some very good work devoted to ”Modern Composers” and “Musical Form.” The club has fifty members.
The music department of the University of Illinois is showing a steady growth, registering two hundred and twenty-one pupils at this time.
Mr. W. S. B. Mathews lectured at Fond du Lac, Wis., before the Students’ Musical Club. The illustrations were played by Miss Helen C. Powrie.
The Brockton (Mass.) Choral Society gave “The Messiah,” January 1st, under the direction of Emil Mollenhauer. The Boston Festival Orchestra assisted.
Edward Baxter Perry gives a course of finishing lessons at the Landon Conservatory, Dallas, Tex., from March 16th to April 2d. Mr. Perry has a larger number of concert dates in Texas this season than ever before.
Mr. Wm. H. Sherwood’s concert engagements for this season amount to fifty. He will play two return engagements at the University of West Virginia with Victor Herbert’s Orchestra, and with Richard Strauss and his wife.
Miss Georgia Kober, pupil of Wm. H. Sherwood, gave a very successful recital at the Assembly Room, Fine Arts Building. Chicago, December 15th.
Miss Louise F. Thayer gave a recital of compositions by her father, the late Dr. Eugene Thayer, at the Church of the Divine Paternity, New York City, December 20th.
The second subscription concert of the St. Louis Choral-Symphony Society, of St. Louis, was given December 25th, under the direction of Mr. Alfred Ernst. Handel’s “Messiah” was sung.
Gaul’s cantata, “The Prince of Peace,” was given by the Choral Society of the Waynesburg (Pa.) College of Music, December 18th, under the direction of Mr. C. W. Best.
The fiftieth annual meeting of the Illinois State Teachers’ Association was held at Springfield, December 29th to 31st. Mr. W. D. Armstrong was president of the music section.
We have received the bulletins and announcement of the School of Music of the University of South Dakota, of which Mr. E. W. Grabill is director. They show sterling work.
Mr. Jesse G. Crane, of the Indianapolis Piano College, gave an invitation recital December 11th. A program of standard compositions.
The first private concert of the Apollo Club (male voices), Wichita, Kans., Mr. Charles S. Ellenberger, conductor, was held December 2d. Mrs. Grace Whistler Misick, contralto, and the Wylie String Quartet assisted. Mr. Ellenberger is in charge of music at Fairmount College.
A choir festival was given in St. Paul’s P. E. Church, Rahway, N. J., November 5th, under the direction of Mr. H. S. Martin, organist and choirmaster.
Miss Laura Mueller, of Spokane, Wash., who has lately returned from New York City, where she was under the instruction of Oscar Saenger, the noted singing teacher, gave a successful concert last month.
Mr. Robert Thallau’s series of concerts at the Pouch Mansion, Brooklyn, have reached the 650th. He has the assistance of the best metropolitan artists.
Mr. Francis S. Moore gave his eighth organ recital at the First Presbyterian Church, Chicago, December 6th.
Mrs. H. J. Hull, Kearney, Neb., gave her ninth annual pupils’ recital November 7th, for the benefit of the piano fund for the Kearney High School.
The first private concert of the New York Manuscript Society was given at Æolian Hall, November 30th. Messrs. H. Brooks Day, Smith N. Penfield, Gustav L. Becker, William E. Bassett, Reginald Barrett, and August Walther were represented on the program. The second concert was given December 14th.
The Washington, D. C., Choral Symphony, J. M. Black, director, gave their first concert for the present season, December 4th. The organization is a union of the Treble Clef (female voices) and the Mozart Male Chorus.
Mr. A. J. Goodrich has orchestrated Rheinberger’s “Tarantella,” Op. 13, originally written as a piano duet.
Mr. Charles H. Maskell, of Philadelphia, gave his fifth annual organ recital, at the Universalist Church of the Restoration, December 7th, assisted by Miss L. Gertrude Scheidemann, contralto.
Mr. Abram Ray Tyler, of Beloit College, has been appointed the official representative for the West of the American Guild of Organists. Mr. Tyler recently secured from a Boston publisher a gift of forty-one volumes of musical literature for the library of Beloit College.
Miss Helene Kölling, daughter of Mr. Carl Kölling, the well-known composer of Chicago, has been engaged as leading coloratura soprano at the opera in Bremen.
Mr. Walter de Prefontaine, assisted by Mr. George Dundas, of Philadelphia, gave an organ recital in the First Presbyterian Church, at Norristown, Pa., December 15th.
Mr. Jaroslaw de Zielinski, of Buffalo, N. Y., assisted by Buffalo artists, gave a “Musical Afternoon” at his Olean, N. Y., School of Music, December 1st.
Mr. Edward Baxter Perry gave a lecture recital in the early part of November at Brainerd, Minn., under the auspices of the local musical club.