The papers include a scrapbook of letters, programs, clippings and other documents relating to Hirschler's composing career
and a medal from the American Conservatory of Music, Chicago. They also include Hirschler's obituary and a biography submitted
by his nephew Melvin J. Voigt.
Otto Theophilius Hirschler was a composer, organist, and professor. Born on December 16, 1889 in Hillsboro, Kansas, Hirschler
attended Bethel College (1907-8), Pomona College (1911-14), Los Angeles Conservatory of Music (1914-15), and the American
Conservatory of Music, Chicago, where he received the Conservatory's gold medal. He was a professor of music at Albion College
(1916-17) and at Coe College (1917-19). He moved to Los Angeles in 1919, where he was organist, choir director, and/or director
of music in many churches. He taught organ, piano, and voice privately. In addition, he was a professor at the Bible Institute
of Los Angeles (BIOLA), California Christian College, and Pepperdine College. He died on September 8, 1979.
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