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American Conservatory of Music


  1. The American Conservatory of Music was a major American school of music founded in 1886 by John James Hattstaedt. The conservatory was incorporated as an Illinois non-profit corporation. It was located in Chicago until 1991 when its Board of Trustees — chaired by Frederic Wilbur Hickman — voted to close the institution, file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, liquidate the assets, and dissolve the corporation.
  2. The American Conservatory of Music, Inc., of Hammond, Indiana, is a binational music school that operates under the auspices of the Orthodox Church of Belize, which is part of the Greek Orthodox Metropolitinate of Central America, one of the 18 Archdioceses and Metropolitinates under the Patriarchate of Constantinople. The Conservatory was founded in 1992 with the intent to save, by becoming successor, a 105-year-old Chicago institution by the same name, American Conservatory of Music, which was shuttered in 1991 as a result of full liquidation under a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The new institution was first located in Chicago – it took over the lease of the bankrupt Conservatory at 17 N. State Street, Stevens Building, but in 1998, moved to 4117 Wabash Avenue, Hammond, Indiana, 24 miles away. The building in Hammond was, from 1904 to 1940, the factory of the Straube Piano Company. Today, the institution is located at 252 Wildwood Road in Hammond and at 16 Maxi Street, Santa Elena, Belize.

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Google previewIllinois Encyclopedia (2008)

by Caryn Hannan

AMERICAN CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC, CHICAGO (1886) — The oldest and most prestigious conservatory university in the United States, the American Conservatory of Music was established in June of 1886 by musician and renowned ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of American Gospel Music (2013)

by W. K. McNeil

Kurt Kaiser was born in Chicago, Illinois, and studied at the American Conservatory of Music there prior to attending Northwestern University's School of Music in Evanston. Illinois. In 1959, after graduate school.

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