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organist , composer.

Gordon Balch Nevin, American organist, composer. Member American Society Composers,; Mason.


Nevin, Gordon Balch was born on May 19, 1892 in Easton, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of George Balch and Lillias Clara (Dean) Nevin.


Studied piano under Charles Maddock (Easton), organ under J. Warren Andrews (New York), theory under J. Fred Wolle (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania).


Organist and teacher, Easton, Pennsylvania, 1909-1914, Johnstown, 1914-1915. Organist, Cleveland, O., and teacher at Hiram College, 1915-1917. Musical arranger for Ernest M. Skinner Company, Boston, 1917-1918.

Organist and teacher at Greensburg, Pennsylvania, 1918-1920, at Johnstown, Pennsylvania, 1920-1932. Professor organ and composition, Westminster College, New Wilmington, since 1932.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Primer of Organ Registration, 1919. Swell Pedal Technique, 1921. First Lessons at the Organ, 1923.

      The Harp and Chimes in Organ Playing, 1939. Composer of a sonata, 3 suites and about 20 single numbers for the organ, 23 songs, 18 part songs (secular). Anthems, also an operetta, “Following Foster’s Footsteps,” etc.

      Has given over 200 recitals in Eastern cities.


Member American Society Composers.


Married Jessie Harrie Young, June 30, 1915. Children: Jean Lillias, Ruth Elizabeth.

George Balch Nevin

Lillias Clara (Dean) Nevin

Jessie Harrie Young

Jean Lillias Nevin

Ruth Elizabeth Nevin