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organist , music educator

James Thomas Quarles, organist, music educator.

Background

Quarles, James Thomas was born on November 7, 1877 in St. Louis, Missouri, United States. Son of Doctor Ralph Augustus and Elizabeth Emily (Howard) Quarles.

Education

Graduated from St. Louis High School, 1897. Studied piano with Vieh, Galloway and Ehling. Organ with Charles Galloway and later with Charles M. Widor, of Paris, France.

Harmony, counterpoint, fugue, composition, with Ernest R. Kroeger, of St. Louis. Mus.Doc., Denver (Colorado) College of Music, 1931. Mus.Doc., Chicago Musical College, 1938.

Career

1 daughter, Gertrude Elizabeth (Betty). Organist West Presbyterian Church, St. Louis, 1897-1900. Organist and choirmaster Lindell Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church, 1900-1913, Scottish Rite Cathedral, 1904-1913.

Dean department arts, Lindenwood College, 1903-1913. Organist St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, 1907-1913. Director Moolah Chanters (Shrine), 1906-1913.

Conductor St. Louis Choral Art Society, 1908-1910. Organist Cornell Univercity, 1913-1916, assistant professor music, 1916-1923, acting head music department, 1921-1923. Organist and choirmaster St. John’s Protestant Episcopal Church, Ithaca, 1918-1923.

Professor music, University of Missouri, 1923-1948, professor emeritus since 1948. Visiting professor music, University of New Mexico, 1948-1949. Organized, 1924, and dean School of Fine Arts, 1924-1935.

Organist and choirmaster of Missouri Mechanical Engineering Church. Recitals, St. Louis Exposition, 1905, San Francisco Exposition, 1915, and throughout United States Associate of America Guild Organists. Member American Musicological Society, Music Library Association, Music Teachers’ National Association, (chairman of commission on library 1928-1943, president 1943-1946), National Association of Schools of Music (Chairman of Commission on library), American Association University professors, Association Music Executives in State University (president 1932), Missouri Music Teachers Association (president 1912-1913, 1925 and 1933), Phi Mu Alpha (supreme vice president 1926-1931, supreme president 1932-1936, member nat.

Executive Committee 1936-1942).

Works

  • Other Work

    • Composer anthems, songs and organ pieces.

Membership

Member American Musicological Society, Music Library Association, Music Teachers’ National Association, (chairman of commission on library 1928-1943, president 1943-1946), National Association of Schools of Music (Chairman of Commission on library), American Association University professors, Association Music Executives in State University (president 1932), Missouri Music Teachers Association (president 1912-1913, 1925 and 1933), Phi Mu Alpha (supreme vice president 1926-1931, supreme president 1932-1936. Mason (32 degree, Kansas City.C.H., Shriner).

Connections

Married Gertrude Dunning, July 29, 1903.

father:
Doctor Ralph Augustus Quarles

mother:
Elizabeth Emily (Howard) Quarles

spouse:
Gertrude Dunning