Franklin Sievright Peterson

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Born: 1861

Died: 1914


Franklin Sievright Peterson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was educated at George Watson’s College, Edinburgh, and trained as an organist in Edinburgh and Dresden, Germany. He became organist and choirmaster at Palmerston Place Church, Edinburgh, and appointed lecturer in the Scottish university extension. He studied at Oxford then taught at the Edinburgh Ladies’ College and Fettes College, Edinburgh. He founded the Edinburgh Bach Society and was an examiner in music for several institutions. He wrote text books on elementary theory and piano-playing, and contributed to musical periodicals. In 1900 he was appointed Ormond professor of music at the University of Melbourne, Australia, where he established the University Conservatorium Music Examinations Board. In 1910, he opened the Art Nouveau University Conservatorium building. He died in Melbourne. His wife Georgette Augusta Christina Lichtenstein (1863–1947), born in Budapest, became a portrait-painter, singer, pianist and composer of songs. She formed a choir at the University of Melbourne and led a 1300-voice women’s choir at the Australian Exhibition of Women’s Work.

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