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conductor , Baritone , vocal teacher

Reinald Werrenrath, American baritone, vocal teacher, conductor. Awarded New York University Alumni Meritorious Service Medal, 1945; King Christian X’s Medal of Liberation. 1946. Compiler and editor The New Aripn for Male Voices, 1916, One Hundred Modern Scandinavian Songs, 1925. Member Psi Upsilon.; Mason.


Werrenrath, Reinald was born on August 7, 1883 in Brooklyn. Son of George and Aretta (Camp) Werrenrath.


Bachelor of Arts, New York University, 1905, Doctor Museum (honorary), 1932. Studied singing with father, and with Doctor Carl Dufft, Frank King Clark, Doctor Arthur Mees, Percy Rector Stephens, Victor Maurel.


He also recorded for Edison Records in 1907, before a long recording career with the Victor Talking Machine Company. He sang on several hundred Victor recordings between 1906 and 1929, both as a soloist and as part of vocal ensembles such as the Orpheus Quartet. His most commercially successful recordings included "As Long As The World Rolls On" (1907), "Hello Frisco!" (from "Ziegfeld Follies of 1915"), and "Smilin' Through" (1919).

Werrenrath made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera in 1919, in Pagliacci, in a cast that also included Enrico Caruso. He also toured widely, and made over 3,000 concert appearances. He was one of the first singing stars to appear regularly on radio, notably on radio station WEAF in New York.

In 1930, he made a private recording of Christmas greetings accompanied by Harpo Marx and others. He also ran a regular summer music school at Chazy Lake, New York. He died on September 12, 1953 in Plattsburgh, New York, after suffering a heart attack while at Chazy Lake.

His home on Chazy Lake, Werrenrath Camp, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.


  • Other Work

    • Composer several male choruses.


Member Psi Upsilon.; Mason. Clubs: Dutch Treat, New York Athletic, Automobobile Ol Timers, University Glee, American-Irish Historical Society, Sleepy Hollow Country, Psi Upsilon (New York). President New York University Arts and Engineering Alumni Association, 1940-1944.


Married Ada Petersen, December 6, 1909.; married second, Frances M. Aston, March 25, 1942. Children: George Hans, Dorothy (Mistress Carleton B. Hutchins, Junior.

George Werrenrath

Aretta (Camp) Werrenrath

Ada Petersen

Frances M. Aston

Jr Werrenrath

George Hans Werrenrath

Dorothy (Mistress Carleton B. Hutchins Werrenrath