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choirmaster , organist

Edwin Arthur Kraft, American organist, choirmaster. Fellow American Guild Organists. Has made many organ transcriptions, including Tschaikowsky’s Nutcracker Suite, 1812 Overture, etc.

Background

Kraft, Edwin Arthur was born on January 8, 1883 in New Haven. Son of John Jacob and Maria (Krohne) Kraft.

Education

Studied in music department Yale, 1897-1901. Pupil of Edgar Stillman Kelly, Franz Grunicke, Alexander Guilmant, Charles M. Widor, Harry B. Jepson and Horatio W. Parker.

Career

Organist and choirmaster Grace Methodist Episcopal Church, New Haven, 1898, Church of Oscension, New Haven, 1900, St. Thomas’s Church, Brooklyn, 1901, St. Matthew’s Church, Wheeling, West Virginia, 1905-1907, Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland, 1907-1914 and since 1915. City organist, Atlanta, 1914-1915. Director music Lake Erie College, Painesville, O., 1933-1951.

Has given many organ recitals.

Membership

Fellow American Guild Organists. Has made many organ transcriptions, including Tschaikowsky’s Nutcracker Suite, 1812 Overture, etc.

Connections

Married Nancy I. Lovis, December, 1909.; married second, Marie Simmelink, May 17, 1926. Children: Margaret Elizabeth, Nannette, Edwin Arthur.

father:
John Jacob Kraft

mother:
Maria (Krohne) Kraft

spouses:
Nancy I. Lovis

Marie Simmelink

children:
Nannette Kraft

Edwin Arthur Kraft

Margaret Elizabeth Kraft