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“Kalamazoo Conservatory of Music”

“Mr. Morse has selected for his assistants the coming year Mr. Will Bronson, Mr. W.F. Smith, and Miss Isa Smith. Mr. Bronson will have charge of the violin, viola, clarionet, and flute departments, for which he is so admirably adapted. As a clarionet and violin performer Mr. Bronson ranks with the best in the profession. Mr. Smith, in the past two years, has achieved a most enviable reputation as a solo coronetist, and by able judges is considered one of the best soloists in the west. Miss Isa Smith has had great success as a teacher of the guitar. Mr. Morse will give piano, organ, and vocal instructions as heretofore. The advertisement of the beginning of the fall term will be found in anther column.

Fall term begins on September 16, 1881. Instructors: Stanley B. Morse, Piano, Organ, Voice. Will Bronson, Orchestral Instruments. Walter F. Smith, coronetist. Isa Smith, Guitar.

Applications must be made on and after Sept 20 at the studio of S.B. Morse, International Hotel, and first door south of entrance.”

— Kalamazoo Gazette, 2 September 1881

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