William (b Wilhelm) Bohrer. Pianist, teacher, b Stuttgart, 1830s, d Montreal ca 1908. He studied in Stuttgart under Siegmund Lebert and Dionys Pruckner and in Vienna under J.A. Pacher and Simon Sechter. Active in Montreal and Ottawa after 1860, he taught piano, voice, and theory. Montreal directories of the mid-1870s describe him as the manufacturer of an automatic hand guide for pianists. After a sojourn in London 1878-82, William returned to Canada to become the founder and only principal of the Montreal School of Music (ca 1886-ca 1899) and eventually the bursar of the Dominion College of Music. His compositions include a waltz, Fabiola (Laurent, La Force 1867; dedicated to Mme George-Étienne Cartier), and Souvenir de Montréal (Novello no date), both for piano. Among his pupils were his son Max and Caroline Racicot.
See also Henri (Heinrich) Bohrer (his brother).