Powell Weaver was an American composer, organist, pianist who was active in the midwest during the early 20th century and who wrote some organ pieces that are included in recitals today.
Weaver, Powell was born on June 10, 1890 in Clearfield, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Paul F. and Jennie (McCullough) Weaver.
Student Institute of Musical Art, New York City. Studied organ 3 years under Gaston Dethier, composition under Percy Goetschius, also privately under Pietro Yon (1 year New York and 1 year Italy). Studied composition under Ottorino Respighi, St. Cecelia Academy, Rome, Italy, organ under Rimigio Renzi (Vatican organist).
All of Weaver's professional positions were in the city of Kansas City, Missouri. He was first organist for the Grand Avenue United Methodist Temple from 1918 through 1938 where he presided over the distinguished and venerable 4 manual, Ernest M. Skinner organ described by organist Frederick Hohman as "the oldest original and intact 4 manual Ernest M. Skinner Organ (1912)". He then went on to be organist and director of music for the First Baptist Church (1938-1951) and also Temple B’nai Jehudah.
Powell died on Dec. 22, 1951 in Oakland, California.
Authors and Publishers, American Guild of Organists, Society of Native American Composers. Composer: Moon-Marketing, The Squirrel, and many others.
Member The MacDowell Colony, American Composers Alliance, American Society Composers.