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date: 22 October 2019

Douglass, Joseph Henrylocked

  • Dominique-René de Lerma


(b Washington, DC, July 3, 1871; d Washington, DC, Dec 16, 1935). American violinist and music administrator. His grandfather (the abolitionist Frederick Douglass) and father were both violinists. He studied at the New England Conservatory (1889–91) and later under Joseph Hasper in Washington, where he also conducted the American Orchestral Club (from 1892), and managed the Dumas Lyceum Bureau. He was the first violin teacher engaged by Howard University and he retained his position there until 1907, when he moved to New York. There he operated the Douglass Lyceum Bureau and taught violin, both privately and as head of the violin department at David Martin’s Music School Settlement (1911–14). He returned to Washington in 1914, and became conductor of the orchestra at the New Republic Theater there in 1921. Among his solo performances was an appearance at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago (...

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