Von der Heide, John Frederic
Born in Cincinnati; he was a public singer and violinist at ten. He was a choir-boy for five years, and by the age of seventeen could play nearly all orchestral instruments. He taught for three years in Pittsburg, then studied voice culture and piano for two years in Cincinnati, after which he studied several years in Europe. From 1882 to 1884 he was director of the Buffalo School of Music, after which he went to New York to live. He taught at the Conservatory there from 1885 to 1891 and since 1897 has given private lessons.