Fillmore, John Comfort

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Fillmore, John Comfort

Fillmore, John Comfort, American music educator; b. Franklin, Conn., Feb. 4, 1843; d. Norwich, Conn., Aug. 14, 1898. He was a pupil of G.W. Steele at Oberlin Coll. in Ohio, then at the Leipzig Cons. (1865–67). He was director of the music dept. at Oberlin Coll. (1867–68), Ripon Coll. in Wise. (1868–78), and Milwaukee Coll. for Women (1878–84). In 1844 he founded the Milwaukee School of Music, of which he was director until 1895, when he took charge of the School of Music of Pomona Coll. in Claremont, Calif.


Pianoforte Music: Its History, with Biographical Sketches and Critical Estimates of Its Greatest Masters (Chicago, 1883); New Lessons in Harmony (Philadelphia, 1887); Lessons in Music History (Philadelphia, 1888); A Study of Omaha Indian Music (with Alice C. Fletcher and F. La Flesche, 1893).

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