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composer , organist

Charles Sanford Skilton, American composer, organist. Fellow American Guild Organists (dean Kansas Chapter 1915, 1935).


Skilton, Charles Sanford was born on August 16, 1868 in Northampton, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Otis Avery and Adeline Maria (Sanford) Skilton.


Bachelor of Arts, Yale, 1889. Studied music with Bargiel and Boise, Berlin, Germany, 2 years, 1891-1893. With Buck and Shelley, New York, 1897-1898.

Doctor of Music from Syracuse University, 1933.


Instructor langs., Siglar’s Preparatory School, Newburgh, New York, 1889-1891. Director music, Salem (North Carolina) Academy and College, 1893-1896. Instructor music, New Jersey State Normal School, Trenton, New Jersey, 1898-1903.

Professor of organ, theory of music, history of music, University of Kansas, since 1903, also dean School of Fine Arts, 1903-1915.


  • Other Work

    • Composer: Music to “Electra” (Smith College, 1889). Sonata for Violin and Piano (½ first prize, Music Teachers’ National Association, 1897). (first prizes with Kansas Federation of Music Clubs) Chorus, 1922, Song, 1931.

      Two Indian Dances, for string quartet and orchestra. Sonata and fantasy for organ. (cantatas) The Witch’s Daughter, Ticonderoga.

      (oratorio) The Guardian Angel. (suites) Primeval and East and West for orchestra. (operas) Kalopin, The Sun Bride, The Day of Gayomair.


Fellow American Guild Organists (dean Kansas Chapter 1915, 1935).


Married Maud H. Grignard, December 30, 1903. Children: Helen Marie, Vivian Maud, Sanford Albert.

Otis Avery Skilton

Adeline Maria (Sanford) Skilton

Maud H. Grignard

Helen Marie Skilton

Vivian Maud Skilton

Sanford Albert Skilton