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Florence Flossie Dunn

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Background Information

Employment History

Position, Music Department

Emma Willard School

Director

The Apollo Club

Accompanist

New England Conservatory of Music

Member of the Alumni Council

New England Conservatory of Music

Minister of Music

Faith Lutheran Church in Cambridge

Accompanist

Cecilia Society

Conductor Emerita

Affiliations

Member
The Apollo Club

Education

bachelor's of music in organ

master's degree

music education

Web References (8 Total References)


News

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Florence A. "Flossie" Dunn listens intently, checks the score in front of her, and with a wave of her hand brings silence to the room.

It's Tuesday night, and the Apollo Club, a venerable men's choral group, has been rehearsing for an hour in the main music hall of the Harvard Musical Association on Chestnut Street on Beacon Hill.
The group is preparing for a concert the following week, and Dunn, 83, is putting the men through their paces.She sits in regal splendor, with a grand piano behind her.In front of her, a semicircle of men concentrate on the music and her direction.
This year marks Dunn's 51st with the Apollo Club.She began as a piano accompanist in 1955 and became conductor in 1968.
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According to Blasdell Reardon, an Apollo Club member from 1992 to 2004, Dunn once told him that she had to enter the private venues -- such as the Union, Algonquin, and Somerset clubs -- through the kitchen because they were exclusively men's clubs.
Things have certainly changed.
"Women are [threatened] by the fraternity of men; we are too competitive," Dunn said.
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"Flossie barely knew me, and she made a point of coming to my father's memorial service.
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Dunn "can sing soprano, alto, tenor, and bass," Humphreville said.
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Dunn, who said that she has led "the life of an itinerant musician," played the organ in church at age 12 in Williamstown and was awarded a full music scholarship at Larson Junior College outside New Haven, now Quinnipiac University.
After working in the music department at the Emma Willard School in Troy, N.Y., Dunn came to the New England Conservatory in Boston and earned a bachelor's of music in organ in 1950.There she trained with the legendary Lorna Cook de Varon, a doyenne among choral conductors.
Dunn was assistant to George Faxon at Trinity Church for 26 years, where she conducted the Canterbury Chorus and sang in the professional choir.She was on the faculty at Tanglewood for 13 summers and sang in all choral activities there.
Dunn earned a master's degree in music education in 1971 and retired from the Brookline schools after 20 years of teaching music at the elementary level.Today she is the accompanist for the Coolidge Corner Community Chorus and the minister of music at Faith Lutheran Church in Cambridge.Dunn serves the New England Conservatory on the alumni council and is a member of the school's beneficent society.
Dunn does all this in addition to Tuesday nights with the Apollo Club.From the edge of the room the light is golden, from the yellow velvet drapes to the gilt frames of pastoral scenes to the brass chandeliers.The last lines of a song called "The Lost Chord" fill the room, and Dunn cautions the singers to breathe as they sing "Amen" again and again, and their voices trail softly into silence.
Florence A. "Flossie" Dunn listens intently, checks the score in front of her, and with a wave of her hand brings silence to the room.
It's Tuesday night, and the Apollo Club, a venerable men's choral group, has been rehearsing for an hour in the main music hall of the Harvard Musical Association on Chestnut Street on Beacon Hill.
The group is preparing for a concert the following week, and Dunn, 86, is putting the men through their paces.She sits in regal splendor, with a grand piano behind her.In front of her, a semicircle of men concentrate on the music and her direction.
This year marks Dunn's 51st with the Apollo Club.She began as a piano accompanist in 1955 and became conductor in 1968.
...
According to Blasdell Reardon, an Apollo Club member from 1992 to 2004, Dunn once told him that she had to enter the private venues -- such as the Union, Algonquin, and Somerset clubs -- through the kitchen because they were exclusively men's clubs.
Things have certainly changed.
"Women are [threatened] by the fraternity of men; we are too competitive," Dunn said.
...
"Flossie barely knew me, and she made a point of coming to my father's memorial service.
...
Dunn "can sing soprano, alto, tenor, and bass," Humphreville said.
...
Dunn, who said that she has led "the life of an itinerant musician," played the organ in church at age 12 in Williamstown and was awarded a full music scholarship at Larson Junior College outside New Haven, now Quinnipiac University.
After working in the music department at the Emma Willard School in Troy, N.Y., Dunn came to the New England Conservatory in Boston and earned a bachelor's of music in organ in 1950.There she trained with the legendary Lorna Cook de Varon, a doyenne among choral conductors.
Dunn was assistant to George Faxon at Trinity Church for 26 years, where she conducted the Canterbury Chorus and sang in the professional choir.She was on the faculty at Tanglewood for 13 summers and sang in all choral activities there.
Dunn earned a master's degree in music education in 1971 and retired from the Brookline schools after 20 years of teaching music at the elementary level.Today she is the accompanist for the Coolidge Corner Community Chorus and the minister of music at Faith Lutheran Church in Cambridge.Dunn serves the New England Conservatory on the alumni council and is a member of the school's beneficent society.
Dunn does all this in addition to Tuesday nights with the Apollo Club.From the edge of the room the light is golden, from the yellow velvet drapes to the gilt frames of pastoral scenes to the brass chandeliers.The last lines of a song called "The Lost Chord" fill the room, and Dunn cautions the singers to breathe as they sing "Amen" again and again, and their voices trail softly into silence.


Director

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Florence Dunn Director

Apollo Club
Florence A. Dunn (better known as ''Flossie" to us) has been associated with the Apollo Club both as accompanist and Director for many , many years. She began her professional music career at an early age, holding a church organist position at the age of 12. er choral experience began with the Berkshire Chorus and continued as an accompanist for the Troy Vocal Society (Troy NY) while teaching at the Elma Willard School. She later enrolled at the New England †Conservatory of Music and served as accompanist for the schoolís chorus. Miss Dunn has also worked as an accompanist with the Cecilia Society, the Chorus Pro Musica and the


Flossie ...

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Flossie Dunn

Certificate of Appreciation awarded to Flossie on the occasion of her retirement, June 14, 2015.
Flossie Dunn Retires
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"Flossie" Dunn, who became Conductor Emerita in June
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New England Conservatory, Flossie has had a long and


One Woman Among A Chorus of Fifty Men

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Florence "Flossie" Dunn is sitting on an elegant tapestry sofa with an ear bent toward a

breezy open window across the room. On the wind are the sounds of church bells, and she
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The reminiscence comes as Dunn recounts her musical
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Dunn begins her twenty-
fifth year at the post this fall.
The Apollo Club has a long history, which Dunn is both conscious and considerate of.
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to remember that," says Dunn, although she admits the school teacher in her comes out
anyway, when "her boys," as she calls them, aren't with the program. "They're like third-
grade children. I don't know how they get through the day sometimes," she goes on. "They
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It's easy to see why Apollo Club members are captivated by Flossie Dunn. She is a cheerful,
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What it is about the Apollo Club that enthralls Dunn and the rest of its members is that it
seems like a perfect model for what music has the power to do. As with the sound of
distant church bells, singing has rejuvenating powers, says Dunn. Since the club is made up
mostly of business and professional men, the quality is all the more useful. The all-male
Apollo Club and "Flossie" Dunn, a very special woman.
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Confides Dunn, "Many wives have said to me, 'Oh! When
my husband comes home on Tuesday nights, he's a different man!"
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Dunn can frequently be found
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Dunn has a special affection for Porter.
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Dunn
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And if you join, Dunn


About Us

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Flossie Dunn

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late one summer Flossie asked him to "come
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Director Flossie Dunn
Florence A. "Flossie" Dunn has served the
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Miss Dunn later
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Miss Dunn retired as a music teacher from

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