John Lester recalls traveling between Texarcana, Texas, and Tucumcari, New Mexico, with his family in a covered wagon when he was six years old. Lester briefly describes going to Southwestern University at Georgetown, Texas, in 1918, majoring in English and music and minoring in French. Lester traveling to France in 1922, to study with singer Jean De Reszke, and to Italy in 1925 to study with singer Mario Sammarco. Lester recalls his decision to leave New York City and multiple successful careers in radio, recording, teaching, and singing, for a professorship at the University of Montana [UM]. He details his work as a professor, and how his UM students differed from those he taught in New York. Lester also explains his work in the Philippines working with talented young vocalists.
Music; Opera; Opera singers; Vocalists; Radio talent; Oscar Seagal; Jean De Reszke; Mario Sammarco; John Crowder; University of Montana School of Music; University of Montana professors; Educators, Montana; Music educators, Montana; Otoniel Gonzaga; Music education, The Philippines
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Oral History Number
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2 sound cassettes (2:00:00) analog + 1 transcript (22 p.: 28 cm.)
Lester, John, "John Lester Interview, November 2, 1993" (1993). University of Montana History Oral History Collection. 22.