Born: June 6, 1843, Linesville, Pennsylvania.
Died: December 1, 1918, Oberlin, Ohio.
Buried: Gustavus Cemetery, Gustavus, Ohio.
Charles was the son of Orasmus Case and Nancy Sophronia Fitch. His father was an accomplished violinist, and his grandfather, an American revolutionary war veteran, taught vocal music.
When Case was about four years old, his family moved to Gustavus, Ohio, where he lived the rest of his life. By the time he was nine years old, a neighbor gave him a small violin which he mastered long before he could read music. At age 16, he began to go to singing school (without his parents’ consent), borrowing the money from a neighbor.
His first vocal music instructor was a Mr. C. A. Bentley, a prominent conductor of the day. William Bradbury’s Jubilee was the school textbook. For three winters in a row, Case attended Bentley’s singing school, working on his father’s farm in the summer.
In 1866, Case, began studying with B. F. Baker in Boston, Massachusetts. He also studied under George Root, Carl Zerrahn, William Mason, Carlo Bassini, Horatio Palmer, Philip Bliss, Luther Emerson, George Webb, and others.
Soon after Case began teaching, the parents of James McGranahan moved to a house two miles from the Case home, so the two young men became friends.