PROF. FRANK P. TRENCH, teacher of vocal and instrumental music and harmony at Bethany college, was born February 14, 1858, in New York city and lived in that city until he was about sixteen years of age. He began the study of music at the age of eight years, and at the age of eighteen, he accepted a position as organist in Cortland, N. Y., where he remained about three years, resigning at the end of that time, and accepting a position in Watertown, N. Y. After remaining there about one year he entered the New England conservatory of music, graduating in the class of 1883. Since then he served organist of St. John's, Albany, N.Y., for two years, and then went to Omaha, Neb., where he was pianist of the Mendelssohn club, also director of music in the Baptist church. He next went to Rochester, N.Y., and did musical work, and came to Bethany as director of music at the beginning of the session of 1889. In the year 1887, June 19, he was joined in marriage to Nellie R. Greene, daughter of W. W. Greene and E. (Ingram) Greene.
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