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Adam Geibel, German composer, organist.


Geibel, Adam was born on September 15, 1855 in near Frankfort-on-the-Main, Germany. Son of Adam Henry and Louisa (Frey) Geibel.


Came to America with parents, 1862. Became blind at age of 9 days, through physician’s mistake. Graduate Pennsylvania Institute for Instruction of the Blind, 1874.

Studied harmony, counterpoint, orchestration and composition under Doctor David D. Wood, of Philadelphia. Doctor of Music, Temple University, 1911.


1 daughter, Kathryn (Mistress Clifford R. Skinner). Began as organist in church position, 1873. Organist John B. Stetson Mission, since 1885, and teacher of Bible class.

Associate with Doctor Wood at the Temple, 1891-1896. First composition published, 1874. Organized Geibel & Lehman, 1897 (dissolved).

Became president Adam Geibel Music Company, 1906.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Geibel’s Collection of Part Songs (for men’s voices), 1906. Geibel’s Collection of Part Songs (for women’s voices), 1906. The Incarnation (Christmas cantata), 1907.

      Light Out of Darkness (Easter cantata), 1910. Immanuel (Christmas cantata), 1910. The Lord of Glory (Christmas cantata), 1911.

      The Light of Life (Christmas cantata), 1914. Resurrexit (Easter cantata), 1917. Heavenly Story (Christmas cantata), 1917.

      Light and Glory (Christmas cantata), 1923. Sesquicentennial Ode (orchestra, organ and chorus), 1926. Also Sunday-school songs, “Stand Up, Stand Up, for Jesus,” “Let the Gospel Light Shine Out,” etc.


Married Kate Anna Rinck, November 24, 1881 (died 1906).

Adam Henry Geibel

Louisa (Frey) Geibel

Kate Anna Rinck