DUBUQUE ACADEMY OF MUSIC
Recitals were first held on April 24, 1880. There were eight such programs given the first year. The first annual concert occurred in the Dubuque Opera House on May 27, 1881. By the end of 1881 the number of pupils was 117. In 1882 the number of students rose to 172 and fourteen recitals were presented. By the end of 1883, twenty-six recitals had been given. This number rose to fifty-one by December 1889.
In 1890, A.C. Klein, a native of Dubuque, became the school's director. He moved the Academy to a larger building at 1027 Main and hired more staff. Students could receive private as well as class lessons. Recitals, the St. Celicia Club and an excellent musical library were considered important factors in the success of the school. The St. Celicia Club was an organization for the more advanced students to study the history of music and general musical literature. Special recitals of the Club's members were given annually. There was also a Junior St. Celicia Club for pupils in the elementary and intermediate grades.
Encouraging local interest in music, the Academy could claim some credit for establishing the Dubuque Choral Club, Dubuque Maennerchor, Germania Band, Friday Music Club, and the Schroeder Symphony Orchestra. After the death of Klein in 1939, the Academy moved to the campus of the UNIVERSITY OF DUBUQUE.
1. The Industries of Dubuque: Her Relations as a Trade Center, Dubuque: J. M. Elster and Company, Publishers, 1887, p. 91
2. "Academy of Music," Dubuque Herald, February 18, 1880, p. 4. Online: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=uh8FjILnQOkC&dat=18800218&printsec=frontpage&hl=en
"Dubuque Academy of Music," Telegraph Herald, Aug. 5, 1923 p. 19