Saturday, May 26, 2012
William Otto Miessner (May 26, 1880 - May 27, 1967) was an American composer and music educator.
Born in Huntingburg, Indiana, Miessner was the son of Charles Miessner and Mary Miessner (nťe Reutepohler). He graduated from Huntingburg High School in 1898. He earned a diploma from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, where he studied music theory with A. J. Gantvoort, piano with Frederick Hoffman, and singing with Adolph Devin-Duvivier. He later pursued further studies in New York with Frederick Bristol (singing), A. J. Goodrich (harmony and counterpoint), and Edgar Stillman Kelley (composition). He also studied voice in Berlin, taking lessons in 1910 with Alexander Heinemann. He then taught music from 1900 until 1904 at a school in Boonville, Indiana, before going to Connersville to teach elementary and high school music; he stayed there from 1905 until 1909. Miessner has been quoted as saying that "The idle mind is the devilís workshop. But this is my workshop and Iíll not tolerate an idle mind as long as thereís excitement in music."
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