James Hamilton Howe

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James Hamilton Howe was a pianist and the first Dean of the Music School at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana when it was founded in 1884.[1]


James Hamilton Howe graduated from the College of Music of Boston University.[1]

Depauw University[edit]

During the first year of his term, Howe gave two lecture-recitals on the “History of Pianoforte Technique” and “My System of Pianoforte Technique,” and gave the first recital the School of Music offered.[1] Professors of Piano Glen Sherman, Claude Cymerman, and Lorna Griffitt repeated that exact program as a part of the School of Music's centennial celebration in 1984.[1] Over the next 10 years, Howe established a curriculum, overcome strong opposition to an opera program, and encourage an active performance calendar.[1]

Alpha Chi Omega[edit]

While he was Dean of the Music School, Howe was also instrumental in the founding of Alpha Chi Omega fraternity.[2] Howe gathered together seven young women from the school to attend a meeting for the purpose of forming a society.[2] The first appearance of the seven founders – Anna Allen, Olive Burnett, Bertha Deniston, Amy DuBois, Nellie Gamble, Bessie Grooms and Estelle Leonard – was in Meharry Hall of East College, wearing scarlet and olive ribbon streamers attached to their dresses.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e "SCHOOL OF MUSIC HISTORY". DePauw University. Archived from the original on 2008-07-09. Retrieved 2008-08-18. 
  2. ^ a b c "Alpha Chi Omega Founded at DePauw University". DePauw University. Retrieved 2008-08-18.