Discipline: Music Composition

Rossetter Gleason Cole

Discipline: Music Composition
MacDowell Fellowships: 1916, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1927, 1932, 1933, 1937, 1938

Rossetter Gleason Cole (1866-1952) was an American composer born in Clyde, Michigan in 1866. He studied engineering and liberal arts at the University of Michigan and music with musician and educator Calvin B. Cady. He composed his first large work, a cantata for soloists, chorus, and orchestra called The Passing of Summer, during his final year at the University of Michigan. After graduation, Cole studied composition under Max Bruch in Berlin. On his return to the United States, he became a professor and director of the school of music for Ripon College in Wisconsin and Grinnell College in Iowa. In 1902, he moved to Chicago where he became a composer, musician, and composition teacher. Cole’s most well-known work is the cantata Heroes of Freedom. He also composed an opera, a symphonic prelude, a heroic piece, an overture, a ballad for cello and orchestra, and various pieces and songs for piano and organ. He was awarded with the David Bispham Memorial Medal in 1934 for operas written in English. He was a Fellow at MacDowell 13 times between 1916 and 1938.


New Jersey

Rossetter Gleason Cole worked in the New Jersey studio.

The yellow clapboard New Jersey Studio, located on a grassy, sloping site, was funded by the New Jersey Federation of Women’s Clubs and built as an exact replica of Monday Music Studio (1913). The studio’s porch rests on fieldstone piers that increase in height as the ground slopes to the west. Like Monday Music Studio, New Jersey…

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