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Frank Edwin Ward, American organist, composer. awarded prize of National Federation Music Clubs, 1917). Member American Guild Organists.


Ward, Frank Edwin was born on October 7, 1872 in Wysox, Bradford County, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Cyrenus Osborne and Stella Aurelia (Owen) Ward.


High School, Washington, District of Columbia, 1888-1891. New York College of Music (piano and theory), 1896. Scharwenka Conservatory of Music (organ), 1896-1897.

Columbia University Department of Music, 1898-1903, fellow in music, 1902-1903.


Organist and choirmaster, Columbia University, 1902-1913, Temple Israel, New York, since 1902, Church of Holy Trinity, since 1906, retired 1946. Associate in music, Columbia, 1909-1919. Teacher harmony and counterpoint, Trinity School of Church Music, 1915-1918.

Established his own school for piano, organ and theory, 1919. Head of Theory Department Guilmant Organ School, 1937-1942.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Sonata for Piano and Violin, operation 9, 1904. Peter Pan Scherzo (for orchestra), operation 13. Sonata Northern 1 for organ, operation 15.

      Quartet for piano and strings, operation 18. The Savior of the World (cantata), operation 20, 1909. The Divine Birth (cantata), operation 23, 1910.

      Symphony, Shakespearean Moods, operation 25. Soleumn Mass in G minor, operation 29. Organ Sonata Northern 2, operation 37.

      Ocean Rhapsody (for orchestra), operation 31, 1915. String Quartet in C Minor, operation 22, 1917 (awarded prize of National Federation Music Clubs, 1917). Trio for Piano and Strings, operation 44.

      String Quartet, Northern 2, operation 46. Organ Sonata, Northern 3, operation 49. Serenade Miniature, p.

      51, for string orchestra. Second Symphony in F minor, operation 52, 1921. Overture, Theodora, for orchestra, 1922.

      Five American Dances for Orchestra, operation 53, 1923. Lilith, a symphonic poem, operation 57, 1924. Grand opera Theodora, operation 60, 1926.

      Foursome Suite for piano, operation 62. Violin Sonata Northern 3 in F inor, operation 67, 1936. Etc.

    • also many songs, anthems, piano, organ and violin pieces.


Member American Guild Organists. Clubs: St. Wilfrid. Governors Island, The Bohemians.


Married May Louise Corby, February 24, 1897.

Cyrenus Osborne Ward

Stella Aurelia (Owen) Ward

May Louise Corby