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John Lawrence Erb, American organist, director. member Music Teachers’ National Association (secretary 1913, 14, president 1915-1919 and 1922), National Association Organists (State president 1916), American Association University professors, Bohemians, St. Wilfrid, Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, etc.

Background

Erb, John Lawrence was born on February 5, 1877 in Berks County, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Milton Geist and Mary Katharine (Rhue) Erb.

Education

Education high school, Pottstown, Pennsylvania, and The Hill School, Pottstown. Virgil Clavier School, New York City, 1894-1895. Metropolitan College of Music, New York, 1894-1899, certificate in voice and organ, 1896.

Doctor of Music, College of Wooster, 1921.

Career

1 son, Donald Milton. Organist St. James Church, Pottstown, 1892-1894, Broome St. Tabernacle, New York City, 1895-1905. Organist and director 2d Unitarian Church, Brooklyn, 1897-1905.

Director music, Adelphi College, Brooklyn, 1896-1897. Director Conservatory of Music, College of Wooster, O., 1905-1913, also organist and director Westminster Presbyterian Church, Wooster, 1905-1913. Organist and director 4th Presbyterian Church, Chicago, 1913-1914.

Director School of Music and university organist, University of Illinois, 1914-1921. Organist and director McKinley Memorial Church, Champaign, Illinois, 1914-1917. Managing director American Institute Applied Music, New York City, 1921-1924.

Professor music, Connecticut College, New London, Connecticut, 1923-1942, professor emeritus since 1942. Organist, director First Congregational Church, New London, 1925. Organist, director United Congressional Church, Norwich, 1926-1929.

Director Norwich (Connecticut) Choral Society, 1928-1929. Director New London (Connecticut) Oratorio Society, 1941. President Illinois Federation Music Clubs, 1918, 1st vice president 1919-1921.

Member Music Teachers’ National Association (secretary 1913, 14, president 1915-1919 and 1922), National Association Organists (State president 1916), American Association University professors, Bohemians, St. Wilfrid, Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, etc. Fellow American Guild of Organists, 1910.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author: Johannes Brahms (biography), 1905. Hymns and Church Music, 1910. The Elements of Harmony, 1911.

      Music Appreciation for the Student, 1925. Select Songs for the Assembly (with J. C. Kendel), 1931. Titans of Freedom (masque, with W. C. Langdon), produced at University of Illinois, 1918.

      Also booklet Elementary Theory, 1911. Composer of many organ and piano pieces, anthems. Contributor articles to mags.

Membership

Member Music Teachers’ National Association (secretary 1913, 14, president 1915-1919 and 1922), National Association Organists (State president 1916), American Association University professors, Bohemians, St. Wilfrid, Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, etc.

Connections

Married Ethel Berenice Heydinger, September 18, 1899.

father:
Milton Geist Erb

mother:
Mary Katharine (Rhue) Erb

spouse:
Ethel Berenice Heydinger