Rounded Rectangle: Text Box: During 1886 -1887, Chapman was organizing, teaching and directing musical groups within the New York public schools.  One special invitational concert had been arranged that attracted the attention of a prominent Maine contralto, then living in New York City, Annie Louise Cary-Raymond.  She was so impressed with the performance which Chapman had organized and directed that she proposed that if he organized an all women’s chorale she would sing with them. Chapman followed up on her proposal.  This group succeeded in attracting unexpected interest and support.  Chapman was elated; he decided to name the group after Anton Rubenstein (1829–1894), the Russian pianist and composer, (1) thus the widely known Rubenstein Club was formed.  The club’s success inspired similar groups to form in other cities.
Annie Louise Cary was born in Wayne, Maine in 1842.  According to Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, she was the most popular singer in America when she retired in 1882 and married Charles Monson Raymond.  She had debuted in Denmark in 1868. She was an operatic contralto who made her first appearance in New York in 1870. 
 From the Bethel Journals: 1888 spending the summer with his sister, Mrs. Jacob Horton, of Mayville. 1889: his mother Mrs. Valentine, from New York, was stricken with paralysis while vacationing in Mayville. and her son, Prof. Wm C. Chapman of New York, is with her as well as her husband.  Emily Bishop Chapman Valentine died January 8, 1890. She was buried in the Chapman lot at Riverside Cemetery next to her husband, Rev. William Rogers Chapman.
In August 1890, it was announced that  a midsummer benefit concert will be given at the Congregational Church and will be under the direction of Prof. William R. Chapman of New York, formerly of Bethel.  Mr. Chapman as organist, pianist and director will arrange a programme sure to give great pleasure to his many friends who are justly proud of his musical abilities and remarkable success as leader of the Rubenstein Club of New York and leader of other musical clubs of the highest artistic excellence. 
Donations would go toward building Garland Chapel honoring the late Rev. David Garland.  
At Bethel in 1891 news reported that Chapman had entered trotters in Riverside Park trotting race; while at his home in Mayville for the summer, he had purchased 30 acres of intervale land from Moses A. Mason. 
Prof. Chapman acquired the reputation of being a flamboyant personality in Bethel.  This item from the July 1892, Oxford Democrat explains why:
 “Prof. William R. Chapman and family of New York City, with friends, occupy their summer residence in Mayville. Their retinue of horses, Shetland ponies, carriages and dog carts, with their liveried servants, is quite an attraction on our streets.” 
In 1893, West Bethel:  John Stiles is going to move from G.P. Bean’s farm to Mayville and take charge of Prof. Chapman’s stable.  At the 4th of July trotting races as Riverside Park , Prof. W. R. Chapman was listed in the news as one of the timers for the day.
In July 1894, Mrs. Prof. Chapman and daughter were among invited guests at the  George Bourne Farnsworth’s Tennis and Croquet Club picnic on Paradise Hill. 
In the summer of 1895 it was reported that Prof. Chapman is home for the season and expects many New York friends to  visit him during the summer.
County and Bethel newspapers reported that Prof. Chapman had arranged to auction his Mayville farm and stable of horses on September 14.  The Democrat was the only paper to follow-up with auction results. It reported that although the horses were sold the farm was not sold.
After the auction, Chapman bought the unused Mayville school house which was located nearby and had it moved to his property for use as a carriage house.  
For 30 years from 1898 to 1928 the Chapmans’ winter residence was a suite at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. (2)
Maine Musical Festival 1897-1927
William Rogers Chapman’s greatest achievement was the Maine Musical Festivals—artistically brilliant—exhaustingly organized.
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The beginning year—1897
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Wedding portrait photographs of the Chapmans from the biography, Ministry of Music, The Life of William Rogers Chapman.

A 2006 photograph of the home of first, Mrs. Emily Bishop Chapman and her family after 1855, second, the home of her daughter, Mary (Minnie) Mrs. Jacob Horton, circa 1888-1890, and third, Prof. William Rogers Chapman. Stable in the rear was where Chapman’s prize trotters were quartered.

Maine contralto Annie Louise Cary-Raymond who challenged to arrange an all women’s chorale in New York City.

Musical Director

William R Chapman

Maine Musical Festival 1897

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