William Gustavus Fischer (1835-1912)
Born: October 14, 1835, Baltimore, Maryland.
Died: August 13, 1912, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Son of a German immigrant, Fischer showed musical ability at an early age. When he was eight years old, he began singing in a German church in Baltimore. He learned to read music in a church singing class, and afterwards studied piano and organ. He learned bookbinding at J. B. Lippincott’s in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but spent his evenings studying and practicing music. He was an experienced trainer and leader of large bodies of singers of all ages, and was much sought after to lead choirs an… Go to person page >