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date: 20 November 2019

Dann, Hollis Ellsworthlocked

  • William McClellan
  • , revised by William R. Lee


(b Canton, PA, May 1, 1861; d Douglaston, NY, Jan 3, 1939). American music educator, administrator, and author. Dann studied organ, piano, and voice privately (1881–4) and attended Elmira Business College briefly (1887). His first position was as supervisor of music for the Ithaca, New York schools (1887–1905). He then became head of the Music Department at Cornell University (1906–21). As its longtime director (1889–1921), he led the Cornell Glee Club to national prominence. He was appointed state director of music in Pennsylvania (1921–5) and finally head of the Department of Music Education at New York University (1925–36). A pioneer in music teacher education, he was on the faculty of the leading New School of Methods in Public School Music (1896–1907). Dann held national leadership positions throughout his career, serving as president of the Music Supervisors (later Educators) National Conference (...

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