The Highland Township Historical Society
Highland, Oakland County, Michigan



H. Saxe Wyndham, Editor, Who's Who In Music, Second Edition, Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, Ltd., London (1915), p. 58

COLE, Rossitter Gleason, composer and teacher; b. Clyde, Michigan, 5 Feb., 1866.  He showed great talent as a boy, for composition, but training did not begin until he was fifteen; received education in the public schools of Ann Arbor, Michigan; graduated from the Michigan University 1888; took theoretical course in music for degree of Ph.B.; became teacher in High Schools of Aurora and Ann Arbor; after two years went to Berlin; studied composition with Max Bruch; became professor of music Ripon College, Wisconsin, 1892-94; Grinnell College, Iowa, until 1901; taught in Chicago and University of Wisconsin until 1909; lectured at Columbia University at summer sessions; president Teachers' National Association a number of times; living at present in Chicago; has published about sixty compositions.  Probably his best known works are, songs, "A Kiss and a Tear," "Dearie" and "Auf Wiedersehen" ; musical recitations, "Hiawatha's Wooing," and "King Robert of Sicily " ; and piano "From a Lover's Note Book," "Novelette in G flat," and many others.  Address: 721 Fine Arts Building, Chicago, III., U.S.A.

See also: the biographical sketch and supplemental note found here.


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