Osgood, George Laurie



American tenor singer, teacher and composer. Born at Chelsea, Mass. From 1860 to 1862 he studied organ and composition under Paine, and after graduating from Harvard in 1866, where he conducted the Glee Club and the orchestra, he went to Berlin and took lessons in composition from Haupt and in singing from Seiber. He studied German song with Franz at Halle and the Italian method at Milan for three years under Lamperti. Then followed a successful concert tour of Germany. On returning to America, in 1872, he was engaged by Theodore Thomas, spent the winter touring the United States under him, and then settled in Boston. Since 1875 he has been conductor of the Boylston Club and since 1890 of the Boston Singers' Society, which under him has become famed for its brilliant performances. In 1882 he became choirmaster of the Emmanuel Church. He is well known as a teacher. His Guide to the Art of Singing has gone through many editions. His compositions include more than fifty songs; part-songs; anthems; and choruses which are both excellent and popular. His home is at Brookline, Mass., but his studio is in Boston.