DUBUQUE ACADEMY OF MUSIC
DUBUQUE ACADEMY OF MUSIC. Iowa's first school of piano. Opened in 1880 at 9th and Main Street (the Eagle Block), the school's founders were Misses Clarissa R. Hamblin and May C. Worthington, former students at the Leipzig conservatory. At first only piano, pipe organ and music theory was taught. Using one Chickering grand piano, two other pianos and a two-pedal organ, the teachers stressed their objectives of teaching and cultivating musical talent.
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.
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.
Dubuque Academy of Music, Telegraph Herald, Aug. 5, 1923 p. 19