Tag Archives: Ernest Bloch

The Conservatory and the Community

Humanity has existed for centuries without machines, automobiles, airplanes, telephones, radios, but it has never been able to exist without music. From the remotest times in history, music has been an important social factor; the greatest thinkers have recognized its … Continue reading

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Greetings from Ernest Bloch, 1925

Ernest Bloch, the Conservatory’s Director from 1925 until 1930, wrote a Greeting to the students of the Conservatory, which was printed in an issue of the school’s newsletter, The Lyre (Vol. 1 No. 5). Mr. Bloch wrote: To the Students … Continue reading

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Ernest Bloch, Director

Following Ernest Bloch’s popular summer course of 1924, Ada and Lillian were able to convince Bloch to return to San Francisco not as a teacher, but as Director, of their school. Ada dictated in her memoirs: Bloch, of course, liked … Continue reading

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Engaging Ernest Bloch

The year was 1924. Ada and Lillian travelled to the east coast together to visit music schools in Chicago, New York and Boston. They wrote to Ernest Bloch, who was at the Cleveland Institute at the time, asking for a meeting. … Continue reading

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While conducting our survey of the Conservatory’s archival materials, we have begun to find printed newsletters from the school. The first issue was titled “The Lyre” and was printed on May 30, 1924. Among other news, it announces that Ernest … Continue reading

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“A few reminiscences by Ada Clement: for her family and friends”

San Francisco Conservatory of Music founder Ada Clement dictated accounts of her life to her close friends Lillian Hodghead and Nettimae Clement in the summer of 1952. This was the year of Ada’s passing, and though she was weak with … Continue reading

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