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Eben Tourjée

TOURJÉE, Eben. b. Warwick, Rhode Island, 1 June 1834; d. Boston, Massachusetts, 12 April 1891. Tourjée was an influencial music educator, teacher, organist, hymnal editor, and entrepreneur. He worked in cotton mills while attending school at the East Greenwich Seminary, Providence, Rhode Island. He trained as an organist and taught music in public schools. By the age of 20 Tourjée had opened a music school based on the European conservatory model of the conservatory in Fall River, Massachusetts, which grew to about 500 paid students and 200 ‘free’ students. The following year (1855) he moved to Newport, Rhode Island, to work as an organist and private music teacher. In 1861 he returned to...

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