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organist , professor music

Ezra Harold Geer, organist, professor music. Fellow American Guild of Organists, 1916; member American Association University professors, Pi Kappa Lambda.


Geer, Ezra Harold was born on March 5, 1886 in Tabor, Iowa, United States. Son of Ezra Benoni and Lucy Jane (Spees) Geer.


Diploma in music, Amity College, 1903. Bachelor of Arts, Doane College, 1906, Master of Arts (in absentia), 1910, Doctor of Music (honorary), 1949. Bachelor of Music, Oberlin (O.) Conservatory of Music, 1907, graduate student in organ and composition, 1907-1909.

Music study in Paris with Charles M. Widor and Andre Gedalge, 1911-1913. Studied organ with T. Tertius Noble, New York, 1915-1916. Conducting and composition with Andre Bloch, Fontainebleau, 1923.


Instructor in organ and history of music Lake Erie College, Painesville, O., 1907-1909. Instructor in organ and theory of music, Albion (Michigan) College, 1909-1911. Organist and choirmaster First Congressional Church, Fall River, Massachusetts, 1913-1916.

With Vassar College, 1916-1952, as assistant professor of music, 1916-1919, associate professor, 1919-1922, professor of music, 1922-1952, director of Vassar College Choir, 1920-1952, department chairman music, 1944-1950. Organ recitals in Europe, 1924, various parts of the United States. Over 650 organ recitals at Vassar.

Consultant music Pennsylvania College for Women, 1952-1954. Professor music, acting head department, Hood College 1954-1956. Chairman educational committee, Hymnal for Colls., and School, 1956.


  • Other Work

    • Editor and arranger: Vassar Choral Music, since 1926. Sacred Choruses and Choral Arrangements for Women’s Voices, since 1932. Numerous other titles of choral music.

      Composer and arranger of organ music. Contributor to musical journals Author: Scales and Arpeggios for the Organ, 1945. Organ Registration in Theory and Practice, 1957.


Fellow American Guild of Organists, 1916. Member American Association University professors, Pi Kappa Lambda.


Married Ednah Wynne Phelps, July 5, 1918. Children: Francis Harold (deceased), Ednah Harriette, Hardison Joyner, Lucien Miner.

Ezra Benoni Geer

Lucy Jane (Spees) Geer

Ednah Wynne Phelps

Francis Harold Geer (deceased)

Ednah Harriette Geer

Hardison Joyner Geer

Lucien Miner Geer