Cooper Institute Annual Commencement: 6th

Event Information

Cooper Institute

Event Type:
Band, Choral

Performance Forces:

Record Information


Last Updated:
6 May 2012

Performance Date(s) and Time(s)

31 May 1865, Evening

Program Details

Performers and/or Works Performed

Composer(s): Rossini
Participants:  Dodworth Band
Composer(s): Hopkins
Participants:  Charles Jerome Hopkins
Composer(s): Unknown composer
Composer(s): Reenecken
Participants:  Miss Letts [vocal][


Review: New-York Times, 01 June 1865, 1.

     Includes a description of the annual report and the commencement exercises.  “The pupils of the various schools connected with the Cooper Institute celebrated the sixth annual commencement last evening.  The large hall of the Institute was filled to overflowing with an audience composed principally of ladies.

     After an overture by the orchestra, and the performance of several choice pieces of music by C. Jerome Hopkins, the annual report was read…”

Review: New York Herald, 01 June 1865, 5.

     Includes a description of the reading of the annual report.  “The sixth annual commencement of the Cooper Union took place last evening, in the presence of as large an audience as the spacious lecture hall of the Institute could by any contrivance accommodate.  Peter Cooper, Esq., the worthy founder of this noble institution, occupied the chair, and with him on the platform we noticed Edward Cooper, W. G. Hunt, A. S. Hewitt and W. C. Verplanck, Esqs.  A large platform was erected for the accommodation of the ladies and gentlemen who took part in the exercises of the evening, which were commenced by the overture to Tancredi, by Dodworth’s band.  Music, vocal and instrumental, orations, &c., comprised the exercises of the evening.  A duet, arranged for two pianos, received a well merited encore, as also Reenecken’s beautiful ballad, ‘Thou art so near and yet so far,’ rendered with remarkable sweetness by Miss Letts, a fair member of the Orpheonist class.

     The proceedings terminated with a patriotic song, the ‘Union Forever,’ by Mr. Jewett and the Orpheonists.  The exercises of the evening reflect great credit on the pupils and professors, and it is to be hoped the session about to be commenced will be as numerously attended as that just past, and that the youth of our city will show their appreciation of an institution which has not its equal in any country in the world.”