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Louis Adolphe Coerne, American composer, educator. Mason.


Coerne, Louis Adolphe was born on February 27, 1870 in Newark, New Jersey, United States. Son of Adolphe M. and Elizabeth (Homan) Coerne.


German and French schools. Graduate Boston Latin School, 1888. Harvard, 1888-1890, Ph.

D., 1905; studied harmony and composition under Professor J. K. Paine. Violin under Franz Kneisel. Organ and composition under Rheinberger, Royal Academy Music, Munich, 1890-1893.

Graduate with honors, 1893. (Doctor of Music, Olivet College [Michigan], 1910.


Museum director Buffalo (New York) Liedertafel, Buffalo Vocal Society, Church of the Messiah, 1894-1897. Music. director Trinity Church, Arion Club, Maennerchor, Columbus, Ohio, 1897-1899. Composing and pubg. in Europe, 1899-1902.

In charge music department Harvard Summer session, 1903. Associate professor music, Smith College, 1903-1904. Research work at Harvard and in New York, 1904-1905.

Composing and pubg. in Germany and Denmark, 1905-1907. Mus. director Troy, New York, 1907-1909. Director Conservatory of Music, Olivet College, 1909-1910.

Director School of Music and professor of history and science of music, University of Wisconsin, 1910-1915. Organist and choirmaster First Congressional Church, Madison, and musical director Madison Maennerchor (honorary), 1910-1915, 2d Congressional Church, New London, Connecticut, 1918-1919. Professor music, Connecticut College, since 1915.

Editor school and college music department, Oliver Ditson Company, Boston, since 1920.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Evolution of Modern Orchestration, 1908 (accepted as thesis by Harvard for Doctor of Philosophy. degree). Composer of 182 works, numerous sets of vocal and instrumental music, etc.




Married Adele Turton, December 14, 1897.

Adolphe M. Coerne

Elizabeth (Homan) Coerne

Adele Turton