Biography of William G. Grant
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Egbert, William Grant, was born on a farm in the town of Danby, December 28, 1868, a son of William L., also a native of Danby, who had three children, our subject being the second son. The wife of William L. was Esther Grant, who is still a resident of Danby, her husband having died in June, 1881. At the age of fourteen William G. went to Syracuse, entering the university there, where he took the musical course. He was a member of the Euterpe Society and was Dr. Schtiltze's assistant for two years as instructor, he then following concert giving for a year and a half, making seven years in all which he devoted to his studies. He had his first violin at the age of eight years. He comes of a musical family, his mother being a pianist. In 1890 and 1891 our subject visited the European continent, studying in Berlin principally. He was admitted to the Royal Hochschule on first examination, and later became a pupil of Joachim. After this school he studied violin, piano, harmony, history of music, singing, orchestration and conducting. In June, 1862, he Teturned and founded the Ithaca Conservatory of Music, having for the first year 125 students, and the second year considerably over 200 students. This institution is fast becoming one of the finest schools of its kind in the country, and will eventually embrace all of the fine arts. In 1890 Mr. Egbert married Gertrude, daughter of George Walker, a banker of Emporium.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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