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Clarence Dickinson, American organist. Member American Guild Organists, (founder) Hymn. Society of America (honorary) American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, American Musicol. Society, American Choral Dirs. Association, Century Association New York, National Association American Composers and Conductors. Beta Theta Pi.

Background

Dickinson, Clarence was born on May 7, 1873 in Lafayette, Indiana, United States. Son of William C. and Annis (Dougherty) Dickinson.

Education

Master of Arts (honorary) Northwestern University, 1909, Doctor of Music, 1917. Student music under Wild (Chicago), Singer and Doctor H. Reimann (Berlin), Guilmant, widor, Vierne, Moszkowski (Paris). Doctor of Letters, Miami University, 1921.

Doctor of Music, Ohio Wesleyan University, 1942, Gustavus Adolphus College, 1962.

Career

; married second, Lois Stice, 1963. Organist and choir master Brick Presbyterian Church. 1909-1959, director emeritus, 1959-1969.

Founder and director emeritus School of Sacred Music of Union Theological Seminary, New York City. Conductor the Mendelssohn Glee Club, New York, 1909-1913, and Bach Festival, Montclair, Sunday Evening Club Choir, Orchestra Hall and Musical Art Society, Chicago. Organist, choirmaster Temple Beth-El, New York City, 1919-1939.

Professor sacred music, Union Theological Seminary, New York, 1912-1945, retired 1945. Public numerous Compositions including arrangements. Produced comic opera, The Medicine Man,” Chicago, 1895, Boston, 1900.

Composer of pieces for organ and voice. Series of Sacred Choruses” (269 to date). Historical Recital Series (48 to date) and Sacred Solos (23 to date).

Also Storm King Symphony for organ and orchestra, 1919. Co-author (with Helen Dickinson) Excursions in Musical History, 1917. The Prince of Peace (A Nativity Play in Ancient Christmas Carols), 1919.

A Book of Antiphons. 1920. Songs of the Troubadours, 1920. Technique and Art of Organ Playing, 1921.

A Choirmaster’s Guide, 1923. A Treasury of Worship, 1927. Editor: The Hymnal for Presbyterian Church of the United States, 1933, Evangelical-Reformed Hymnal, 1941.

(with Paul A. Wolfe) The Choir Loft and the Pulpit, 1943.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Composer of pieces for organ and voice. Series of Sacred Choruses” (269 to date). Historical Recital Series (48 to date) and Sacred Solos (23 to date).

      Also Storm King Symphony for organ and orchestra, 1919. Co-author (with Helen Dickinson) Excursions in Musical History, 1917. The Prince of Peace (A Nativity Play in Ancient Christmas Carols), 1919.

      A Book of Antiphons. 1920. Songs of the Troubadours, 1920. Technique and Art of Organ Playing, 1921.

      A Choirmaster’s Guide, 1923. A Treasury of Worship, 1927. Editor: The Hymnal for Presbyterian Church of the United States, 1933, Evangelical-Reformed Hymnal, 1941.

      (with Paul A. Wolfe) The Choir Loft and the Pulpit, 1943.

Membership

Member American Guild Organists, (founder) Hymn. Society of America (honorary) American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, American Musicol. Society, American Choral Dirs.

Association, Century Association New York, National Association American Composers and Conductors. Beta Theta Pi.; Clubs: Federated Music.

Connections

Married Helena Adell Snyder, June 15, 1904 (deceased.; married second, Lois Stice, 1963.

father:
William C. Dickinson

mother:
Annis (Dougherty) Dickinson

spouses:
Helena Adell Snyder

Lois Stice