Samuel Brenton Whitney was a United States organist, conductor and composer.
Whitney, Samuel Brenton was born on June 4, 1842 in Woodstock, Vermont, United States. Son of Samuel and Amelia (Hyde) Whitney.
Studied music in New York and later with Prof.
His compositions were primarily church music and chamber works. He was a pupil of Charles Wels of New York and then John Knowles Paine of Cambridge, Massachusetts. He secured his first organ appointment in Cambridge.
He came to be regarded as the greatest interpreter of Johann Sebastian Bach in the United States, and was appointed professor of organ playing and lecturer in music at the Boston University and the New England Conservatory. In 1871 he was appointed organist and choir director of the Church of the Advent, Boston. His compositions included many anthems and other church pieces, songs, pianoforte music, sonatas, transcriptions, and arrangements for the organ.