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Conservatorio of Boston Finally Gets a Plaque

A ceremony celebrating Boston’s — and supposedly the country’s — first conservatory of music was held at the Hyatt Regency Boston on August 27.

Teresa Mazzulli stands in front of the plaque commemorating the Conservatorio of Boston, the country's first musical conservatory.

Teresa Mazzulli stands in front of the plaque commemorating the Conservatorio of Boston, the country’s first musical conservatory.

Spearheading the effort to have a commemorative plaque installed on the Bedford Street facade of the Church Green building where the Conservatorio originally stood, Teresa “Terri” Mazzulli started researching the landmark 15 years ago, “in order to bring recognition to three European immigrant musicians, teachers and composers,” she says.

“In 1800, Francis Mallet of France, Gottlieb Graupner of Germany and Filippo Trajetta of Italy established the American Conservatorio of Boston, the first conservatory of music in Boston and, in all likelihood, the first in the United States of America,” says Mazzulli.

The August 27 ceremony was officiated by Stephen Maio, chairman of the Pirandello Lyceum and featured a tri-cultural musical interlude by the Rowe’s Lane Quartet, founded in 2012, and named for the street where the Conservatorio originally stood.

The plaque, designed by Mazzulli herself “to honor a long-overlooked piece of Boston history,” was gifted by the Privitera Family Charitable Foundation in 2013.

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