Nelson Alexander Chesnutt, musician. Member Music Teachers’ National Association, Musical Fund Society, St. Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia.; Mason (33 degree); member Supreme Council A.A.S.R. for Northern Jurisdiction.
Chesnutt, Nelson Alexander was born on June 1, 1872 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Frank Lewis and Kate (MacNichol) Chesnutt.
Educated public schools, under private tutors and special studies, University of Pennsylvania. Studied music under masters.
1 son, William Alexander. Began study of piano at age of 5. Organist Westminster Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, at 10, later accompanist for vocalists and violin in Philadelphia and other cities.
Organist and choirmaster various chs. Numerous appearances in oratorio and concert. Director vocal department Combs Conservatory of Music, Philadelphia, 1912-1934.
Musical director Philadelphia Consistory A.A.S.R.
Contributor to the Etude and other musical journals.
There is a large range of issues where Church should interact with politics in such areas as poverty and inequality, environmental issues, nuclear and chemical weapons and the harm caused by use of drugs and drinking.
In a society where self-interest and hypocrisy are often seen as dominating, the Christians should nurture and promote values and purposes that are beyond us.
Member Music Teachers’ National Association, Musical Fund Society, St. Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia. Mason (33 degree); member Supreme Council A.A.S.R. for Northern Jurisdiction. Clubs: Orpheus, Music Art.
Married Elizabeth Clarke, March 12, 1896 (died November 20, 1928).; married second, Helen Mayhew, August 8, 1930. Children: Nelson A., Marjorie Clarke (Mistress Edmund G. S. Flannigan).