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organist , composer.

Harvey B. Gaul, American organist, composer. awarded first prize, “Water Lillies,” Tuesday Mus. member of faculty Fillion Studio of Music since 1931; Member American Guild Organists, Musicians’.


Gaul, Harvey B. was born in 1881 in New York City. Son of James Harvey and Louise (Bartlett) Gaul.


Studied with George F. Lejeune (New York), Alfred R. Gaul (Birmingham, England), Doctor Armes (Durham, England). Schola Cantorium and Paris Conservatory with Guilmant, Widor, Decaux and D’Indy. With Mons. Bella of Sistine Chapel Choir and Mons.

Rienzi of St. Peter’s (Rome). Honorary Doctor Museum, University of Pittsburgh, 1933.


Associate organist, Saint John’s Chapel, New York City, 1899. Organist Emmanuel Church, Cleveland, 1901-1909, Calvary Church, Pittsburgh, since 1910. Formerly member of faculty, University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Institute Technology, Washington and Jefferson University.

Conductor Singers Club, Cleveland, O., 1924-1926. Pittsburgh Apollo Male Chorus, 1925-1930, Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce Chorus, 1925-1929. Conductor of Y.M.&W.H.A. Choral Society, 1925-1942.

Conductor Civic String Orchestra since 1936. Member of faculty Fillion Studio of Music since 1931. Music critic Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 1914-1934, editor of music, art, drama and book department, 1929-1934.

Feature editor Museum Forecast since 1934. Director Savoyard Opera Company since 1939.


  • Other Work

    • Composer of over 400 published works, including cantatas, anthems, part-songs, solos, organ and orchestral works. Awarded first prize, “Water Lillies,” Tuesday Museum Club, Pittsburgh. “Madrigal,” Chicago Madrigal Clubs.

      “Ode to Vulcan,” Pittsburgh Male Chorus. “Euridice,” Federated Clubs: “Cry of Micah,” Art Society of Pittsburgh, 1939. Mendelssohn Club prize, Philadelphia.

      Strawbridge & Clothier’s prize, Phila. First prize for woodwinds ensemble “John Brashear Sings in the Night,” by Pittsburgh Art Society, 1936. Celebration of Harvey Gaul Day by proclamation of Mayor Scully of Pittsburgh, March 28, 1941.

      Concert of Gaul’s Works and Harvey Gaul scholarship established by State Federation of Music Clubs, as tribute for civic work. Lecturer on mus. subjects. Choir House of Calvary Episcopal Church, Pittsburgh, dedicated to him, June 1946.


Member of faculty Fillion Studio of Music since 1931. Member American Guild Organists, Musicians’.


Married Harriette Avery, a writer, June 13, 1908. Children: James Harvey and Ione Avery (Mistress.

James Harvey Gaul

Louise (Bartlett) Gaul

Harriette Avery

James Harvey and Ione Avery (Mrs Gaul