Collins, Edward (Joseph)
- Phillip Ramey
(b Joliet, IL, Nov 10, 1886; d Chicago, Dec 1, 1951). American composer, pianist and conductor. He studied the piano at the Chicago Musical College with Ganz, and composition with Felix Borowski and Adolf Weidig. In 1906 he entered the Hochschule für Musik, Berlin, where he studied composition with Bruch and Humperdinck. He made his piano début in Berlin in 1912. Shortly thereafter he served as assistant conductor of the Century Opera, New York (1912–13) and as an assistant conductor at the Bayreuth Festival (1913–14). During World War I, he entertained troops by writing musicals and an operetta, Who Can Tell? (c1918). John Philip Sousa appointed him an Army bandmaster after the armistice. In 1919 he returned to Chicago, where he taught first at the Chicago Musical College and then, from 1933, at the American Conservatory. He was awarded the David Bispham Memorial Medal in ...