Perkins, William Oscar



American teacher, composer and writer; brother of preceding; born at Stockbridge, Vermont. He continued in Boston the study of music begun with his father, and then went to London, where he took lessons in voice culture from Wetherbee, and later of Perini in Milan. On returning to Boston he gave private lessons, and taught in the summer normal music schools; lectured, and wrote on music, and conducted choral societies and concerts. He conducted many conventions in the Northern States and Canada. After two visits to Europe he finally settled in Boston. He did excellent work as a teacher, and was made Doctor of Music in 1879 by Hamilton t College, New York. His compositions are included in over forty collections of songs and anthems.