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Carl Venth, musician. awarded prize, National Fed. Member Evangelical Reformed Church.


Venth, Carl was born on February 16, 1860 in Cologne, Germany. Son of Carl and Frederika (von Turkowitz) Venth.


Educated Cologne Conservatory, Brussels Conservatory. Last pupil of Henry Wieniawski. Studied composition with Hiller, Jensen and Dupont.

Doctor of Music honoris causa, New York College of Music, 1932.


Came to America, 1880. Concert master Metropolitan Opera House, New York, 1884. Admitted to citizenship, 1885.

Organized Venth College of Music, Brooklyn, 1888. Conductor Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra 3 years. Director violin department Kidd-Key Conservatory, Sherman, Texas, 1908-1911.

Conductor Sherman Musical Festival, 1910. Conductor Dallas Symphony Orchestra, 1911-1913. Settled at Fort Worth, 1913.

Became dean fine arts, Westmoorland College, San Antonio, Texas. Conductor Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Choir master First Methodist Church, Fort Worth.

Division band superintendent Camp Bowie, Texas, 1918, also trained bands at Camp Travis.


  • Other Work

    • Composer: (operas) The Monk of Iona. The Fisherman

    • La Vida de la Mision (for the Texas Centennial). (comic opera) Fair Betty.

      (cantatas) The Rescurrection. Myth Voices

    • From Olden Times. The Quest of Beauty

    • awarded prize, National Federal Music Clubs, for “Pan in America,” 1923.


Member Evangelical Reformed Church.


Married Cathinka Finch Myhr, of Christiania, Norway, July 1899.

Carl Venth

Frederika (von Turkowitz) Venth

Cathinka Finch Myhr