Inaugural History

W. Grant Egbert

Founder, Musical Director, and President, Ithaca Conservatory of Music, 1892-1924

The term "president" can only be loosely applied to W. Grant Egbert. When he retired from the presidency in 1924, he was referred to as president of the board. Whatever his title, as founder and as leader of the Ithaca Conservatory of Music, Egbert was key to the management of the institution. Throughout his life's work with the conservatory, he taught, he studied, and he provided leadership.

Because Egbert founded the conservatory, there were no ceremonies to mark the start of his leadership beyond those of beginning a new educational endeavor. For the Ithaca Conservatory of Music, the founding celebration was a concert by the faculty in the old Unitarian Church after a day of registrations and auditions in September 1892.