Arens, Franz Xavier was born on October 28, 1856 in Neef, Rhenish Prussia. Son of Clemens and Maria Anna (Schmitz) Arens.
Emigrated to the United States, 1866. Graduate Royal Conservatory of Music, Dresden, 1885.
Conductor, Cleveland (O.) Philharmonic Orchestra, 1885-1888. American Composers’ Concerts in Europe, 1890-1892. American Composers’ Concerts at Vienna International Museum and Theatrical Exhibition, Indianapolis May music festivals, 1892-1896.
President Metropolitan School of Music and principal vocal department, until 1897, when he removed to New York. Conductor New York Manuscript Society concerts, 1898. Founder and conductor New York People’s Symphony concerts, 1900—.