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Orchestra conductor , composer.

Edwin Earl Towner, American orchestra conductor, composer.


Towner, Edwin Earl was born on March 3, 1890 in Latah, Washington, District of Columbia, United States. Son of Thomas Alvin and Ida Jane (Pitt) Towner.


B.M., College of Pacific, 1910. Studied composition and conducting with George W. Chadwick, of Boston, and others.


Director music, Fresno public schools, 1913-1924. Director music San Jose State Teachers’ College, 1924-1926. President California College of Music, San Francisco, 1926-1928.

Director Fresno Symphony Orchestra, 1916-1924. Instructor music various summer sessions, University of California.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Glee and Chorus Book for Male Voices, 1922. Composer songs, choruses, choir, orchestra and organ music, opera, pageant, etc. Mus. director and producer in radio from 1928.


The life with Christ has nothing to do with being in a "church" atmosphere for all eternity. God’s salvation involves far more. He is planning to make his children productive, creative, useful, and supremely happy, within an environment of spiritual perfection, health, peace, and love.


Church should be involved into political life by organizing delegations to party conferences.


The family is the basic human community through which persons are nurtured and sustained in mutual love, responsibility, respect, and fidelity.


Married Grace Irene Kinney, of San Jose, California, September 5, 1911. Children: Edwin Earl, Phyllis Jean, Mildred Grace.

Thomas Alvin Towner

Ida Jane (Pitt) Towner

Grace Irene Kinney

Edwin Earl Towner

Phyllis Jean Towner

Mildred Grace Towner