Jairus Maxson Stillman (1834-1917) was born in Alfred, New York. His father was a singer, directed the choir of their church, and taught singing schools in the area. He went to the singing schools with his father and attended singing classes at Alfred Academy. At age 20, he became leader of the church choir, began teaching in the singing schools, and studied music at Alfred University. He moved to North Reading, Massachusetts and studied under Lowell Mason at the Normal Music Institute. He also studied at the Normal Institute at Genesee, New York, and the Normal Music Institute at South Bend, Indiana. He was a pupil of Dudley Buck. He taught singing schools in Shelby and Logan counties, Ohio; led the Lutheran church choir in Bellefontaine, OH, and the Seventh Day Baptist church choir in Jackson Center, OH. He was professor of music at Hopkinton Academy, Rhode Island, and became head of the music department at Alfred University. He finished his career as professor of music at Milton College, Wisconsin. He conducted many music conventions and institutes throughout the upper Mid-west, his work extending to thirteen states: Rhode Island, Connecticut, Vermont, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, and South Dakota. He authored many singing school text books. His compositions include works for singing schools, hymns and anthems.
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