Ryus, Celeste Nellis was born on February 7, 1877 in Fort Hays, Kansas, United States. Daughter of De Witt C. and Emma Virginia (McAfee) Nellis.
Educational public schools, Fort Hays and Topeka, Kansas, and 2 years at Topeka High School. Graduate in music at Topeka, Kansas, 1892, at Chicago Conservatory of Music, 1895. Taught there 2 terms till June, 1897.
Graduate Royal Hochschule of Music, Berlin, 1899, under Professor Barth. Studied repertoire with Moszkowski, Paris, 1900.
Harmon David Ryus, June 2, 1906. Appeared in concerts at Chicago Exposition, 1893, Paris Exposition, 1900, receiving medals and diplomas. Has made concert tours in Europe and America.