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OTTO, Rudolph Franz

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OTTO, Rudolph Franz. (Berlin, Germany, May 9, 1875--Los Angeles, CA, Oct. 20, 1942). After graduating from the Berlin schools, Otto came to the United States and took a complete course in the Chicago Musical College and a course at the Columbian School of Oratory. He maintained a musical school in Chicago and traveled throughout the Southwest giving recitals. He then returned to Berlin for post-graduate work in Stern's College of Music. (1)

Otto returned to the United States and traveled from 1904-1905 giving recitals. After a brief stay in Winnipeg, Canada he settled in Dubuque in 1910. He opened the Otto School of Music in the SECURITY BUILDING where he gave lessons. (2) He was an instructor of voice, harmony and public school music at the Epworth Seminary. In Dubuque he directed the SCHUMANN CLUB. (3)

Otto and his family moved to California in 1929.



1. Goodspeed, Weston Arthur, History of Dubuque County, Iowa. Chicago: Goodspeed Historical Association, 1911, p. 719

2. "Death of Professor Franz Otto Revealed," Telegraph Herald, November 24, 1942, p. 4