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James Robert Gillette Edit Profile

organist , composer and conductor.

James Robert Gillette, American organist, composer and conductor. Member American Society Composers.

Background

Gillette, James Robert was born on May 30, 1886 in Roseboom, New York, United States. Son of Willard and Carrie (Hess) Gillette.

Education

B.M., Syracuse University, 1913.

Career

Debut as concert organist, at Syracuse, 1913. Guest organist, Chautauqua Summer School, New York, 1916, 19, 24. Soloist National Association Organists’ Convention, Springfield, Massachusetts, 1916, Philadelphia, 1922.

Soloist Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra, 1917, and of Sesquicentennial Exposition, Philadelphia, 1926. Recitals throughout United States. Professor organ and college organist, Carleton College, 1923-1937.

Founder, 1923, and conductor, 1923-1938, Carleton Symphony Band. Organist and choirmaster, First Presbyterian Church, Lake Forest, Illinois, since 1939.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author: The Organist’s Handbook, 1926. Composer of 2 cantatas, 3 symphonies for modern band and over 70 compositions for band, orchestra, ensembles, and organization.

Membership

Member American Society Composers.

Connections

Married Mildred Bennett, June 9, 1914. Children: Ruth Sprague, James Robert.

father:
Willard Gillette

mother:
Carrie (Hess) Gillette

spouse:
Mildred Bennett

children:
Ruth Sprague Gillette

James Robert Gillette