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Daniel Fry, piano
Doctoral Candidate in Vocal Coaching & Accompanying, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC); . Choral Music Education and . Music Education, UIUC; versatile conductor, teacher and keyboardist;  Director of Music/Organist, St. Paul UCC in Belleville, IL;  accompanist and piano instructor, Principia School; staff accompanist and Adjunct Instructor of Piano, Saint Louis University;  Assistant Choir Director and accompanist, St. Louis College of Pharmacy; staff accompanist, University of Missouri-St. Louis; former choral staff, O’Fallon Township High School (IL); former vocal coach, Opera Theater of St. Louis’ AIT (Artist in Training) Program.   

In 1799 he succeeded to a fortune of about £30,000 (a bequest from his father, who had died in 1794). Setting up a bachelor establishment in Mayfair , he became, as a result of the Prince of Wales’s friendship and his own good taste in dress, the recognized arbiter of fashion and a frequenter of all society’s gatherings. For a time his influence was unchallenged, but eventually gambling and extravagance exhausted his fortune, while his tongue proved too sharp for his royal patron. They quarreled in 1812, and, although Brummell did not immediately lose his place in society, his debts increased so much that on May 16, 1816, he fled to Calais to avoid his creditors. There he struggled on for 14 years, always hopelessly in debt. From 1830 to 1832 he was British consul at Caen. In 1835 he was imprisoned for debt, but his friends once more came to the rescue and provided him with a small income. He soon lost all his interest in dress; his personal appearance was slovenly and dirty, and he began to live fantasies in the past. In 1837, after two attacks of paralysis, shelter was found for him in the charitable asylum of Bon Sauveur, Caen, where he spent his final years.

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