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date: 24 September 2020

Colburn, William F.locked

  • Richard D. Wetzel


(fl 1834–95). American music teacher, dealer, and publisher, active in Cincinnati. He formed the Eclectic Academy of Music with T.B. Mason in 1834 and became the first music teacher in the Cincinnati public schools in 1844. In 1849 he was a partner in the music publishing firm of Mason, Colburn, & Co., but by 1851 was in partnership with Joel Field; an advertisement in the Cincinnati Enquirer reads “Colburn and Field, successors to Mason and Colburn … sole agents for Jonas Chickering’s pianos.” He was later in business by himself as a dealer in musical instruments. By 1859 he appears to have ceased publishing on his own account, but a W.F. Colburn joined the John Church Co. in 1890. City directories indicate that Colburn continued to deal in Chickering pianos as late as 1868, but his name ceases to appear after 1895.

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