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date: 19 February 2020

Osgood, George Laurielocked

  • John C. Schmidt

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(b Chelsea, MA, April 3, 1844; d Petersham, England, Dec 12, 1922). American tenor, conductor, and composer. He graduated with honors from Harvard in 1866, where he led the Glee Club and the orchestra, studying organ and composition with Paine. In Germany he studied for three years with Karl August Haupt, Ferdinand Sieber, and Robert Franz, and then another two years with Francesco Lamperti in Milan. After a performance tour in Germany, he returned to America, where he toured with the Theodore Thomas orchestra, then settled in Boston in 1872 as a voice teacher. In 1875 he became director of the Boylston Club choral society, which he transformed from a male choir to a mixed chorus of over 200 voices; it was reorganized in 1890 as the Boston Singers’ Society. He became choirmaster of the Emmanuel Church in 1882. For a number of years, Osgood presented a series of chamber music concerts, including much historical repertoire. He retired to England in ...

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J.A. Fuller Maitland, ed.: A Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2/1904–10)