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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Wellington Provincial District]



Keisenberg, Arthur Ernest Von, Music Teacher and Professor of Singing, Church Street, Masterton. Mr. Von Keisenberg was born in Saxony in 1857, and educated at the Civil College in Darmstadt, studying music under the well-known composer, Herr Schmidt, who taught, among others, the late Prince Henry of Battenburg. After completing his education at a military college in Berlin, Mr. Von Keisenberg passed the necessary examinations, and was appointed an officer in the German army, in which he served four years. After a visit to England, he came to New Zealand in the ship “Euterpe,” and established himself as professor of music in Lyttelton. In 1881 he settled in Masterton, in which he has a large number of pupils, as well as in the surrounding district. He was the conductor of the first Operatic Society in Masterton, and bas been connected with a great many of the local societies.

Meadows, Merewether Osborne, Pianist and Teacher of Singing, “The School of Music,” Masterton. A son of Surgeon-Major-General Meadows, the subject of this notice was educated at Edinburgh University. Originally intended for the medical profession, and having almost completed his course of study as a throat specialist, Mr. Meadows resolved to abandon his studies in order to devote his attention to the musical profession, which proved more attractive. For this purpose he studied singing and voice production under the well-known Herr Bach, and made rapid progress. Coming to Australia he joined the professional ranks, and for some years toured Australia with various operatic companies. After further dramatic experience in the sister colonies, Mr. Meadows resolved to make New Zealand his headquarters, and settled in Masterton as a teacher. His services are in great demand for all local entertainments, and as conductor, scene painter, and performer, he is one of the mainstays of the local opera company. In athletic circles he is well knownn as an enthusiastic cyclist, and as deputy-captain of the Amateur Athletic Club. Both as choirmaster and teacher Mr. Meadows is most sucessful, and has a large and increasing number of pupils.

Pearson, Miss Marie, Teacher of Music, Lincoln Road, Masterton. Since 1884 Miss Pearson has been engaged in teaching, in which she has been most successfuly a large number of her pupils having passed the Trinity College Examinations. Besides teaching elementary singing, Miss Pearson thoroughly grounds her pupils in harmony, theory of music and counterpoint. At the early age of five years Miss Pearson commenced the rudiments with her mother, and then took lessons from Miss Jean Morrison, and afterwards studied under the celebrated Mrs. Cross, R.A.M., of London. The subject of this notice is considered a most successful teacher, and hence she has large numbers of pupils. As a pianist she has always been willing to give her services to local concerts.

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Miss M. Pearson.

Miss M. Pearson.