John Hassler - Pioneer Musician of Central Utah

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 08
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1976
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-26
Date Modified 2005-02-26
ID 325605
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Title John Hassler - Pioneer Musician of Central Utah
Description he would start the fires with his own kindling wood, and also used his own coal-oil for lights. He taught girls to accompany the choir free of charge. The only remuneration he ever rec-eived for directing the town band and the church choir was ten acres of land, apportioned to him by the Bishop of Mount Pleasant. To this day, that tract is called the "brass band field". Soon after arriving in Mount Pleasant from Switzerland, Hassler established a boarding school for music students. The students boarded and slept at the Hassler home for a period of six weeks, taking three lessons a day and practicing intensively. There were three organs in three different rooms. Among the many music students who registered at the boarding school from all over Central Utah were John J. McClellen of Payson, later Salt Lake Tabernacle organist; C. W. Reid of Manti, later on the music faculty of Brigham Young University; and Anthony C. Lund of Ephraim, later director of the Mormon Taber-nacle Choir. Hassler made it easy for students to study music by accept-ing for pay anything he could use. Among the items turned in for lesson pay were: barrels of honey, meat, cheeses, cedar posts, clothing, milk, butter and produce of any kind. Parents would often send their children to the Hassler home to be disciplined, as well as to study music. Students would usually come in covered wagons from different towns in the val-ley, accompanied by their parents and sometimes the entire family. At times they would remain at the Hassler home for two or three days, accepting the Hassler hospitality before return-ing to their homes. The great amount of work required of Mrs. Hassler in cook-ing and caring for these students and visitors, together with three organs going all day, caused her to have a nervous break-down . This necessitated the closing of the boarding school. Mr. Hassler did not stop his teaching of music. Instead of having the students come to him, he would travel to the dif-ferent towns in the valley in an open buggy, drawn by a single horse. His teaching territory included that from Pleasant Grove on the north, to Wayne County on the south. He also traveled east to Emery County. On one of his teaching tours in Emery County, he was lost for two days in a severe snow storm. A rescuing party found -66-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 8
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 325556
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