The Conservatory was located at 14 Dietz St., and according to a newspaper advertisement of Aug. 25, the fall term was set to begin on Sept. 5.
“Classes are formed in all grades, from those who have never studied music to those of advanced grades,” the ad stated. It was reported on Oct. 7 that the Conservatory has “received unqualified praise and commendation from its patrons. The number of students now enrolled are 37.”
A short item in the Local of Oct. 15 said, “Outside of this village the remark has been made, ‘the undertaking of a new enterprise in Oneonta means success.’ Among the recent embarkments (sic) here has been Russell’s conservatory of music, in connection with which is the art school, under the instruction of Prof. Waters, the present arrangement of which meets with favor among the pupils. For the benefit of boys Mr. Watson meets a class in mechanical drawing on Wednesday evening, and for Thursday evening a class in free-hand drawing for the benefit of young ladies. These lessons are free to the regular pupils in painting.”
Elsewhere, the Local advertised a “Select Dancing School” of Prof. J.A. Haldin.
“All those having a desire to learn the Fashionable Ball Room Dances, will find it to their benefit to attend the opening,” which was Wednesday, Oct. 19. Saturday lessons were offered for children.
No location appeared in the advertisement. Terms for 10 weeks of lessons cost $6 for gentlemen, $4 for ladies.
The bottom of the ad read, “I reserve the right to reject all objectionable persons. Respectfully, J.A. Haldin.”
Musical training, art classes and dancing didn’t end the offerings that fall. Also reported in the Local on Oct. 20, 1887, “Some of our young men talk of organizing a literary society to meet once a week during the winter, at which debates, essays, readings and vocal music will be the prominent features. Such an organization could be made very profitable to its members, and we hope to see it succeed.”