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Carl Venth Papers

Identifier: P-0065


  • 1915 - 1959

Biographical / Historical

Carl Venth was born in Cologne, Germany on February 16, 1860, the son of Carl and Frederica Venth. He was sixteen when he entered the Cologne Conservatory where he studied violin and composition. After touring the United States he was made concertmaster of Rudolph Bial's concerts in New York and later became concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera in 1884. In 1888 he established the Venth Violin School in Brooklyn. For three years he was director of the violin Department of Kidd-Key College at Sherman, Texas. His first work in Fort Worth was as conductor of the Fort Worth Harmony Club. He later became conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Choral Club. In 1914, he was made director of the Conservatory of Fine Arts at Texas Woman's College now Texas Wesleyan and later was made dean of the music school. During World War One he served as music director at Camp Bowie and Camp Travis. He was the bandmaster of the Thirty-Sixth Division. He became the head of the music department at the University of San Antonio. He died on January 29, 1938.


.5 Linear Feet (1 Box)

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Archives: 3H5
Carl Venth Papers
Harry Max Hill
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Part of the Fort Worth Public Library Archives Repository

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