Ortmann, Otto Rudolph
- William McClellan
(b Baltimore, MD, Jan 25, 1889; d Baltimore, MD, Oct 22, 1979). American music educator and administrator. He received his formal education at Baltimore City College and then at the Peabody Conservatory, where he gained a teacher’s certificate in piano (1913) and an artist’s diploma in composition (1917). From 1917 to 1941 he served on the faculty of Peabody (1928–41 as its director), and from 1942 to 1957 taught in the music department at Goucher College (1948–57 as its chairman). He also taught courses in the psychology of music at Johns Hopkins University (1921–4). He combined research on acoustics, anatomy, physics, and physiology with an investigation of musical talent and problems of music pedagogy, making a valuable contribution by synthesizing various conflicting historical principles and schools of technical thought; his articles and books in the area of piano pedagogy, in particular, gained for him national and international recognition....