Mees, Arthur



Musical conductor and writer on musical subjects; born at Columbus, Ohio. His early musical education was obtained at Concordia College, Fort Wayne, Ind., after which he went to Berlin, where he studied piano with Theodore Kullak, theory with C. F. Weitzmann and score-reading and conducting with Heinrich Dorn. He afterward studied at Leipsic.  For six years he conducted the Cincinnati May Festival chorus. He was assist- ant conductor of an American opera company and, after 1896, assistant conductor of the Chicago Orchestra under Theodore Thomas and of the Chicago Orchestra chorus. He also conducted the New York Mendelssohn Glee Club, the Albany Musical Association, the Orange Mendelssohn Society and the Newark Orpheus Society. From 1887 to 1896 he wrote analytical programs of the New York Philharmonic Society, and since 1896 has written those of the Chicago Orchestra. He is the author of Choir and Choral Music, and of a set of Piano Studies on passages from important piano works. He succeeded Wallace Goodrich as conductor of the celebrated Worcester Festivals.