Thursday, October 7, 1926
Musical Art Society President Believes It Is Musicians
Civic Duty To Develop Community Music
Mrs. Fesse W. Burgan Wants Student Artists in Spokane Concerts Developed
to a High Degree
By Mrs. Pauline Suing Bloom.
“The charge is often made that Spokane is dead
musically, Mrs. Jesse W. Burgan, president of the
Spokane Musical Art Society said. “But the only
thing that makes Spokane dead musically is the
fact that we cannot get the musicians together. No
town in the country has greater musical talent than
has Spokane. .
‘1 believe that musicians should accept musician
ship not only for pleasure but that they should be
conscious of a civic duty and use their talent to
develop music in the community. The business men
of the city give hours to the work of the Chamber of
Commerce committees for the development of Spo
kane and why should not a musician give of his
talent to develop music as a civic asset gladly and
“Spokane has the best organized Chamber of
Commerce in the United States because the busi
ness men get back of it and work. We have the
support of the business men—we have the talent.
The fault with the musicians must lie in our not
getting together. We could get our symphony back
if we woke up to our obligation musically. We can't
be much of a force until we get together.”
Mrs. Burgan is beginning her year as president
of the Spokane Musical Art Society with the hope
that the musicians of the city will make Spokane a
musical city. For the first “get together” meeting
she has planned a luncheon for Monday, October
18, when Mrs. Helen Crow Snelling, president of
the State Federation of Music Clubs, will be the
speaker. Mrs, Snelling has unbounded faith in the
music future of Spokane so successful was the
music convention in Spokane last spring. “We had
thought Spokane dead musically for so long that we
never dreamed of the support which came to the
convention,” Mrs. Burgan said. “We know Dbig
things musically can be done in Spokane.”
The four music clubs federated in Spokane are
the Musical Art Society, the Monday musical, the
Matinee musical of the Woman's Club and the
Mendelssohn club. The Musical Art Society of
which Mrs, Burgan is president has since its or
ganization stood for the best development of music
in the city. Dr. Wesley LaViolette, now instructor
of the department of theory and composition at the
Chicago Musical College who was a Spokane guest
in September, recalled his student days in Spokane
and the inspiration which he received from the
Musical Art Society.
Mrs, Burgan says that it would take a century
to accomplish all that should be done musically in
Spokane, but one thing she hopes to see is the stu
dent artist series developed to a high degree.
At the present time the Musical Art Society has
40 members, all of them working for the advance
ment of musical knowledge in Spokane. Miss Helen
Boothe is vice president, Miss Dorothy Smith, re
cording secretary; Charlotte Grannis Lange, corre
sponding secretary, and Frank Sanders, treasurer.
The board of trustees includes: Edgar C. Sherwood,
Frank T. Miles, Augusta Gentsch, Mrs. Albert
The following are chairmen of committees: Helen
Boothe, chairman of the social committee, Mrs. Al
bert Helsby, chairman of the membership commit
tee; Miss Augusta Gentsch, chairman of the educa
tion committee; Miss Sadie Jacob, chairman of the
The club will sponsor monthly luncheons with
the following hostesses: November, Mrs., Charles
Freeze; December, Mrs. Blanche Gelse; January,
Miss Ethel Bunce; February, Miss Bess Harpole;
March, Miss R, H. Hallor of Coeur d’Alene; April,
Miss Evelyn Kellogg; May, Mrs. Dayton Stewart.
Though a coucert by Ebba Frederickson was
sponsored September 21 the club season will be in
augurated Monday at the get together luncheon
when the following program for the season will be
October 19—Arthur Johnson, tenor of Portland,
November 16—Mrs. Baldy Strang, contralto; Miss
Adelaide Gilbert, pianiste.
December 21—Miss Ivaloo Pearl Eddy, dramatic
January 18—David Campbell, pianist, Portland,
February 15—Mrs, C. A. Stommel, pianiste; Mr.
Leon Peterson, violinist,
March 15—Robert E, Nelson, organist, Washing
ton State College, Pullman,
THE SPOKANE WOMAN
April 19 —Catherine Glen-Swanson, pianiste,
Mrs, Burgan devotes a great deal of her time to
the study of music. “It is worse than a hobby” is
District Meeting Program
Mrs. |. M. Radabaugh, Vice President
Leader of Assembly Singing -Mrs, J. T.
General Theme —“Conservation Highlights.”
Morning Session 9:00:
Mrs. W. A, Buckley, presiding.
Assembly Singing —“America the Beau
Appointment of Resolutions Committee,
Address of Welcome—Mrs. Vera Kreigler,
Harrington Women's Club.
Response—Mrs, Sinclair Knox, Athenalum
Selections on Orchestra Bells—Clair Houck,
accompanied by Iris Charlton.
Minutes of Previous Meeting.
Department Chairmen Reports.
State Federation Report—H. C. Melcher.
Club Institute—Question Box.
Luncheon, 12 Noon:
Excuses—Mrs, W. C. Martin, Ritzville.
“Know Thy Work, and Do It"—Mrs. J. S.
“Stepping Stones”—Mrs. Wm. B. Schuebly,
“Club Sentiments” (Short and Snappy)—
Afternoon Session 1:30:
Assembly Singing—State Song—Oh Wash
Minutes of Previous Session.
President’s Address—Mrs, W. A. Buckley,
Selections by High School Girl's Glee Club.
Address—Conservation, Trees and Women,
Mrs. Pauline Suing Bloom, Spokane.
Piano Solo—Miss Dorothy Franz.
Address—"“Echoes From the Biennial,” Mrs.
T. F. Kilby, Spokane,
Reports of Resolutions Committee.
Mrs. 1. N, Radabaugh will introduce the
Officers of the District Federation are:
President, Mrs. William A. Buckley, Sprague;
vice president, Mrs. 1. M. Radabaugh, Spo
kane; second vice president, Mrs. J. D. Arbi
gast, Chewelah; recording secretary, Mrs. A.
V. Overman, Spokane; treasurer, Mrs. George
James, Chewelah; auditor, Mrs. C. J. Carson,
Chewelah; custodian, Mrs, Joe Ketl, Spangle.
her way of expressing her enthusiasm for it. “Since
the St. Louis exposition when she was one of the
chorus of 100 which took third prize at the fair, the
first going to Wales, the second to Pennsylvania,
she has studied a part of each year, Possessing a
heautiful lyrie soprano voice she has done a great
deal of chureh and concert work,
She studied under Sergei Klibausky of New York
fame, at the Cornish school in Seattle in 1921, She
was a member of the master class held by Harold
Hurlburt, in 1923-24, and has recently studied with
Kathleen Lawler of New York., She studied harmony
composition and musical history at Washington
State College under Professor Strong in 1911-12.
Before coming to the Pacific Coast Mrs. Burgan
was graduated from Ashland High school and
Business college of Denver, and her music founda
tion there was laid by Gwilym Thomas., During a
season in Portland she studied with Rose Hanscom
Reed and in Tacoma with Frederick Wallis. In
Spokane she has studied with Eleanor Buckley,
Jean Gallagher Hays and Mrs. Charles Frees,
Ten years ago Mrs. Burgan was president of the
Matinee Musical of the Woman's Club, a c¢lub which
she believes is filling a wonderful place in the
woman's world, and giving women an opportunity
to fulfill lifelong ambitions to study music. Last
vear she was president of the Monday Musical Club
which is open to serious students of music and has
a membership of 25,
Mrs. Burgan presides over a beautiful home at
KBO3-26th avenue, where there is a charming little
daughter, June Eve yn, § vears old, who is a pupil at
the Hutton school.
Business Women to Honor
Seattle Woman Mayor
Mrs. Bertha K. Landes, mayor of Seattle, will be
the honored guest of the Soroptimist Club today
at the noon luncheon in the Kast Banquet Hall of
Miss Magdalene Doose will preside, and the
Thursday Noon group and the Business and Pro
fessional Women's Club will join with the Soropti
mists in paying honor to the distinguished guest.
The program has been arranged as follows: Piano
selections, Mrs, Pearl Capell Axberg; violin num
bers, Miss Florence Waterhouse; welcome to Mrs.
Landes, Mrs, Jacqueline Bahrenburg. Dean Rhoda
M. White will introduce Mrs. Landes, who will be
the speaker of the day.
Thursday, Oct. 7.
City Federation of Women's Clubs—Luncheon,
first fall meeting, Mrs., Joseph Haupt presiding.
C'rescent tea rooms, 1 p. m.
Twentieth Century Club—Mrs. A. R. Hough, E 917
Thirty-second, 10 a. m,
Chapter AZ of P. E. 0.—12:30 luncheon, Mrs. J.
K. Hoyt and Mrs. H. T. Hoesley, hostesses.
Pre-School Circle—Franklin school, 7:45 p. m
Mrs. T. E. Permain president.
Imperial Social Club—Luncheon, Mrs, E. C. Dan
ielson, N 3824 Atlantic, hostess,
Friday, Oct. 8,
Shakespearean Study Club—Breakfast, Mrs. Jos
eph Moris, 2405 Second, 12:30 p, m,
The Questers Club—Luncheon, 1 p. m, Mrs, W.
0. Wisner, 525 Waverly Place,
Catholic Study Club —lsabella club house, 2 p. m.
Mrs. E. J. Riley, president.
Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War—
Semi-monthly business meeting, noon, Veterans'
Royal Club—Mrs, Carrie Miller, hostess, E 1728
Rockwell avenue, 12 o’clock luncheon.
Gordon Chapter Daughters of British Empire—
Mrs, J. W, Withers, 317 Carlisle avenue.
Ladies’ Aid Society Central Methodist Church—
All day meeting Sunday school room, sewing. Mrs.
Geo. H. Goble president,
Saturday, Oct. 9.
Research Club—Mrs, F. A, Noteware, 5939 Cow
Chapter Al, P. E. O.—Mrs. W. N. Fox, W 3324
Music Section, A, A, U, W.—Mrs. Howard 8.
Green, Wio4 Fourteenth, 2:30 p, m,
Monday, Oct. 11,
Rizwan Club—Study meeting, 340 Rookery Bldg.
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