M. L. BARTLETT

Maro Loomis Bartlett (1847-1919) was born in Brownhelm, Ohio. He studied at studied at Oberlin Conservatory of Music with additional studies in New York City. He was conductor of the Philharmonic Society in Meadville, Pennsylvania. He became a music teacher in the schools of Orange, New Jersey, and director of the Newark Harmonic Society. He also was a music teacher in the schools of New York City, and was a well known bass soloist appearing in oratorios in many cities. Moving to Chicago, Illinois, he was conductor of the Mozart Club, choirmaster of the First Congregational Church, and director of the vocal department of Chicago Musical College. He became head of the music department at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and founded the Des Moines Musical College in 1887, becoming its president and director. He was conductor of the Des Moines Philharmonic Society and conductor of the Apollo Club. He wrote several books on music and composed many hymns and works for pedagogical use. He died in Des Moines.

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