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Thomas William Lester, musician, composer. Member American Guild Organists (dean Illinois chapter 1927-1929), The Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, Chicago Artists Association, Pro Musica, Sinfonia, Phi Mu Alpha.; Mason.

Background

Lester, Thomas William was born on September 17, 1889 in Leicester, England. Son of Thomas William and Mary Ann (Harvey) Lester.

Education

Education high school, Keokuk, Iowa. Studied piano under Jane Carey, composition and piano under Adolf Brune, organ under Wilhelm Middelschulte, voice under Sandor Radanovits. Honorary Doctor Fine Arts, Beloit (Wisconsin) College, 1931.

Career

1 son, Thomas William. Came with parents to the United States, 1902, naturalized citizen, 1916. Organist Memorial Church of Christ, Chicago, 1909-1913, 2d Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago, 1913-1916.

First Bapt Church, Evanston, Illinois, 1916-1921, First Congressional Church, Chicago, 1921-1950. Director Lyric Ensemble and St. Cecilia Chorus, of Aurora, Illinois. Director Galien Valley Community Chorus (Three Oaks, Michigan), United Mother Singers (Chicago).

Teacher of voice, piano, organ and theory School of Music, De Paul U. Lecturer on musical history and appreciation of music Lewis Institute. Conductor South Bend (Indiana) Choral Society, Mid-City Concert Orchestra.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Composer: Everyman (opera). Manabozo (opera)

    • Se-a-wana (operetta). The Golden Syon (oratorio).

      The Tale of the Bell (cantata). Sacajawea (dramatic cantata), 1932. Virtue Is Its Own Reward (opera), 1949.

      The Minuet (opera), 1950. Organ and piano works, songs, part songs, anthems, chamber music and orchestral compositions. Music review for Diapason.

Membership

Member American Guild Organists (dean Illinois chapter 1927-1929), The Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, Chicago Artists Association, Pro Musica, Sinfonia, Phi Mu Alpha.

Connections

Married Margaret Ann Smith (soprano), January 15, 1913.

father:
Thomas William Lester

mother:
Mary Ann (Harvey) Lester

spouse:
Margaret Ann Smith