Biography of Francis L. York
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YORK, Francis L., musical director; born, at Ontonagon, Mich., Mar. 9, 1861; son of Rev. L. C. and Frances De Grace (Collester) York; graduate Ann Arbor (Mich.) High School, 1878, University of Michigan, B.A., 1882, M.A., 1883 (only graduate ever unanimously recommended by faculty for M.A. degree, summa cum laude); studied organ and composition with Alexander Guilmant, Paris, 1892-98; married at Brighton, Mich., Sept. 9, 1883, Mary O. Albright; children: Kate Ethel (Mrs. Paul Honore), Satia Frances, Leila Dorothea. Teacher piano, organ and composition University School of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich., 1892-1906; head of piano department, State Normal Conservatory, Ypsilanti, Mich., 1896-1908; director Detroit Conservatory of Music since 1902, and president of corporation; organist and director Central M. E. Church, Detroit, since 1902. Represented Michigan as concert organist, Pan American Exposition, Buffalo, 1901; alternated with Alexander Guilmant, of Paris, in organ concerts, St. Louis Exposition, 1904; gave numerous concerts, recitals, etc. In 1905 furnished report to French Government on music study in America, with special, reference to conservatory work. Chairman music committee Detroit City Bi.Centenary, 1901; city music historian, 1901. Secretary Music Teachers' National Association 6 terms; member Fine Arts Society, International Musical Society, New York Manuscript Society. Clubs: Acanthus, Detroit, University, Exchange. Author: Harmony Simplified (fifth edition, 1900); Text Book in Counterpoint, 1907. Contributor to musical papers; composer and editor of music; lecturer on musical subjects. Studio: 1013 Woodward Ave. Residence: 235 Hancock Ave. W.

From:
The Book of Detroiters
A Biographical Dictionary
Of Leading Living Men
Of The City of Detroit

Second Edition 1914
Edited By: Albert Nelson Marquis
A. N. Marquis & Company
Chicago 1914.

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