Emil J. Oberhoffer House


    Emil J. Oberhoffer was a German immigrant who studied music in Munich and Paris, immigrating to Minnesota in 1890.  He began his musical career as a church organist and directing the a variety of groups within the Twin Cities, though he became frustrated with the quality of the ensembles he was involved in.  In 1903 he founded the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, which later became the Minnesota Orchestra.  The group gave its first performance on October 5th, 1903.  He distinguished the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra from other metropolitan symphonies by touring widely and increasing the group's fame, debuting the nine-year-old orchestra in Carnegie Hall in 1912, where it has performed nearly every year since.  In 1922 tensions with the management of the orchestra caused Oberhoffer to leave Minneapolis after 19 years as its director.  The next director to equal his tenure was Stanislaw Skrowaczewski from 1960 to 1979.
    The house was later purchased by Patty Berg, a founding member and leading player in the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA), the first and largest professional golf organization in the U.S.

17020 Judicial Road, Lakeville, MN 55044
Note: This is a private residence

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