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Short Name: Paolo Conte
Full Name: Conte, Paolo, 1890-1966
Birth Year: 1890
Death Year: 1966

Born: Feb­ru­a­ry 29, 1890, Pa­ler­mo, It­a­ly.
Died: Sep­tem­ber 11, 1966, Co­lo­ra­do Springs, Co­lo­ra­do.

Son of Gae­ta­no and Clo­rin­da Conte, Pao­lo’s mu­sic­al gift was dis­played ear­ly: He be­gan im­pro­vis­ing on the pi­a­no at age four. He stu­died mu­sic in Ve­nice un­der Ta­gli­a­pi­e­tra, Wolf-Fer­ra­ri, and Bu­so­ni, and earned a mas­ter’s de­gree in psy­chol­o­gy and doc­tor­ate in mu­sic­ol­o­gy at the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Pa­dua.

In Au­gust 1914, Conte went to the Un­i­ver­si­ty of North Da­ko­ta to teach pi­a­no and com­po­si­tion at Wes­ley Col­lege. In 1923, he be­came Dean of Fine Arts at Ok­la­ho­ma Bap­tist Un­i­ver­si­ty in Shaw­nee, Ok­la­ho­ma. In 1936, he ac­cept­ed a po­si­tion at the Un­i­ver­si­ty of Wi­chi­ta in Kan­sas. While there, he al­so served as Min­is­ter of Mus­ic at the First Bap­tist Church in Wi­chi­ta.

In 1952, Conte moved to a sum­mer home in Co­lo­ra­do Springs, in semi-re­tire­ment. He played the or­gan at Au­dubon Heights Bap­tist Church in Co­lo­ra­do Springs and taught pi­a­no in the Pikes Peak region.

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