Adolf Dahm-Peterson

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Adolf Dahm-Peterson

Adolf Dahm-Petersen, also spelled Adolph Dahm-Peterson (born January 2, 1856 in Kristiana (Oslo), Norway; died January 29, 1922 in Los Angeles, California) was a classical baritone, pianist, and vocal instructor.

Adolf was the son of Johan Frode Petersen and Helene Thalia P. Dahm. He attended gymnasium in Kristiana and graduated from Norway's Royal Military Academy and also studied at Aix-la-Chappelle (Aachen) and Karlsruhe, Germany. He studied piano with Hanna Bergwitz-Goffeng, music theory with Johan Svendsen, and voice with Emilio Belari.

Dahm-Peterson emigrated to New York around 1879. He married Emmie Kreuder on September 11, 1892 and made his concert debut at New York City's Carnegie Hall in 1894. He toured in the United States, Norway and Denmark and was featured as a soloist with the Oratorio Society of New York and the choir of St Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Brooklyn; as well as on tour with John Philip Sousa's band and the Damrosch German Opera Company.

Dahm-Petersen was director of several choral organizations. In 1896 he was hired as a vocal instructor at the Ithaca Conservatory of Music and Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He also operated his own studio in Cortland, New York.

In 1915 Dahm-Peterson and his wife were teaching at the Birmingham Conservatory of Music in the Burnett Building at 1818 2nd Avenue North in Birmingham.

By 1917 the couple had moved to Los Angeles, California. He died there in 1922.