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Gustav Schoettle

Gustav Schoettle was born in Stuttgart, Germany, March 2, 1873.  He remained in his native land until he had reached the age of twenty years, when he came to this country, and after living in various Eastern cities for a short time came to Kansas City.  his education was secured at the gymnasiums of Stuttgart, and after a thorough classical training in those schools took up the study of music, for which he had shown a passionate love and great talent since infancy.  He studied at the conservatory of Stuttgart for ten years, about half of the course being devoted to the study of harmonics and composition, with a most thorough drill in instrumental work.

     Mr. Schoettle came to this city in 1893, but did not take up permanent residence here until two years later, the time intervening being given up to concert tours.  He has met with considerable success in that short time having placed himself in the front rank of local musicians.  He was selected as accompanist of the Orotorio Society at its organization in 1896, and has been retained in the position since.  He is also conductor of the Schubert Club, a male chorus of thirty-five voices, which he organized in 1899.  The club has won two prizes under his direction.

     Mr. Schoettle was married in 1898 to Miss May Stearns, the well-known elocutionist.  They have one child, a boy.

Schoettle became the first director of the
University of Iowa School of Music in l906.
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