Tourjée, Eben

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Tourjée, Eben

Tourjée, Eben, American music educator; b. Warwick, R.I., June 1, 1834; d. Boston, April 12, 1891. While working in a cotton factory in Harrisville, R.L, he played the organ in church; then studied with Carl August Haupt in Berlin. Returning to America, he settled in Boston, and in 1867 founded (with R. Goldbeck) the New England Cons. of Music, which he directed until his death; also was dean of the college of music at Boston Univ. (from 1873). He was the first president of the Music Teachers National Assoc. (1876).


E. Nason, The Lives of the Eminent American Evangelists...also a Sketch of the Lives of Philip P. Bliss and E. T.(Boston, 1877); L. Tourjée, For God and Music: The Life Story of E. T.(Los Angeles, I960).

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