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Horatio William Parker, American composer. awarded Met; awarded to the opera “Faryland,” Oct. Member American Academy Arts and Letters.


Parker, Horatio William was born on September 15, 1863 in Auburndale, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Charles Edward and Isabella Graham (Jennings) Parker.


Educated at Auburndale and in Europe. Graduate Royal Conservatoire, Munich, 1885. (honorary Master of Arts, Yale, 1892.

Museum Doctor, Cambridge U., England, 1902).


Professor music, Cathedral School of St. Paul, Garden City, Long Island, 1885-1887. Organist Holy Trinity Church, New York, 1888-1893, Trinity Church, Boston, 1893-1901. Professor theory of music, Yale, since 1894.

His Hora Novissima was performed Chester (England) Festival, July 1899, at Festival of the Three Choirs, Worcester, England, September 1899 (first American composition ever on one of these Festival Programs). Awarded Metropolitan Opera prize ($10,000), April 1911, for opera “Mona”. Also the prize ($10,000) offered by National Federation of Women’s Clubs for American Opera was awarded to the opera “Faryland,” October 1914.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Cantatas—King Trojan, The Kobolds. Oratorios—Hora Novissima, 1898. St. Christopher, 1898.

      A Wanderer’s Psalm (given under composer’s direction, Hereford Festival, England, 1900).


Member American Academy Arts and Letters.


Married Anna Ploessl, of Munich, Bavaria, August 9, 1886.

Charles Edward Parker

Isabella Graham (Jennings) Parker

Anna Ploessl