Stoessel, Albert (Frederic)
- Gustave Reese
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(b St Louis, Oct 11, 1894; d New York, May 12, 1943). American violinist, conductor and composer. After early musical training in his native city, he studied the violin, composition and conducting at the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin, where he made his début as a violinist. After a European tour he returned to the USA, appearing as soloist with the St Louis SO. During World War I he was a lieutenant in the US Army (1917–19), obtaining, as a military bandmaster, his first conducting experience. In 1920 he appeared as a violin soloist with the Boston SO and toured with Caruso; the following year he helped to found the American Music Guild.
Stoessel succeeded Walter Damrosch as conductor of the Oratorio Society of New York in 1921, became director of music of the Chautauqua Institution in 1923, and succeeded Henry Hadley as conductor of the Worcester (Massachusetts) Music Festival in ...