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musician , composer

Oliver Shaw, musician, composer.


Shaw, Oliver was born on March 13, 1779 in Middleboro, Massachusetts, United States. Son of John and Hannah (Heath) Shaw.


Attended Bristol Academy, Taunton, Massachusetts. Studied with John L. Berkenhead, blind organist, Newport, Rhode Island, studied under Johann Christian Graupner, Boston, clarinet from Thomas Granger, Boston.


Settled in Providence, 1807. Organist 1st Congregational Church, Providence, 1807-1848 (until death). Private teacher music.

Organizer Psallonian Society for performance choral works, 1809, gave annual concerts, 1809-1832. Composed numerous hymns including “Taunton” and “Bristol;” sacred songs included “Arrayed in Clouds of Golden Light” and “The Missionary Angel”. Other compositions include: March (performed at Providence Centennial, 1832), For the Gentlemen (collection of tunes for 6 instruments), published, 1807.


Married Sarah Jenckes, October 20, 1812, 5 daus., 2 sons including Oliver J. Became blind, 1800.

John Shaw

Hannah (Heath) Shaw

Sarah Jenckes