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conductor , music educator

Hollis Ellsworth Dann, conductor, music educator. Member faculty New School of Methods, Boston, 1896-1906.


Dann, Hollis Ellsworth was born on May 1, 1861 in Canton, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Judson and Harriet (Harding) Dann.


Graduate Canton High School, 1879, Elmira (New York) Business College, 1887. Music school, Rochester, New York, 1879-1880. Private instruction, Boston, 1881-1883.

Museum D., Alfred U., 1906.


Teacher, voice and piano, 1884-1886. Principal Havana (New York) Academy, 1886-1887. Director music, Ithaca schools, 1887-1905.

Conductor Ithaca Choral Club, 1890-1900. Conductor Sage Chapel Choir, Cornell Univercity, 1903-1921. Conductor Annual Music Festivals, Cornell Univercity, 1904-1921.

Instructor in music, 1903-1904, assistant professor, 1904-1906, professor and head department of music, 1906-1921, Cornell Univercity. State director of music, Pennsylvania, 1921-1925. Head department of music education, New York University, since 1925.

Director Pennsylvania Summer Session for Supervisors of Music, West Chester, 1922-1924. Director Cornell Univercity Glee Club, 1889-1921. Chairman music council New York Board of Regents, 1910-1921.

War Department song leader, Camp Taylor, Louisville, Kentucky, 1918-1919.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Hollis Dann Music Course, 1915-1919. New Manual for Teachers, 1929. Compiler: Christmas Carols and Hymns, 1910.

      School Hymnal, 1910

    • Assembly Songs, Vol. I, 1911, Vol. II, 1914. Complete Manual for Teachers, 1912.

      Standard Anthems, Vol. I, 1917, Vol. II, 1921, Vols. III and IV, 1925

    • Hollis Dann Song Series, Books 1, 2 and 3, 1935.

      Conductors Book (guide to song interpretation), 1935.


Member faculty New School of Methods, Boston, 1896-1906.


Married Lois Hanford, July 10, 1890. Children: Hollis Hanford, Margaret Louise, Roger Lewis and Robert Harding (twins).

Judson Dann

Harriet (Harding) Dann

Lois Hanford

Hollis Hanford Dann

Margaret Louise Dann

Roger Lewis and Robert Harding Dann (twins)