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organist

William Charles Macfarlan, British organist. Awarded W. W. Kimball, ball prize by Chicago Madrigal Club, 1911, 14, 17. Fellow American College Musicians.

Background

Macfarlan, William Charles was born on October 2, 1870 in London, England. Son of Duncan and Eliza Macfarlan.

Education

Came to the United States with parents at 4. Master of Arts (honorary), Bates College, 1915. Studied music with father and Samuel P. Warren, New York.

Career

Chorister, Christ Church, New York, 1880-1885. Debut as concert organist, Chickering Hall, 1886, and has since given many concerts in leading cities of the United States. Organist, St. John’s Methodist Episcopal Church, New York, 1885-1886, St. James Church, Danbury, Connecticut, 1886-1887, Church of Messiah, New York, 1887-1889, All Souls’ Church, New York, 1889-1900, Temple Emanu-el, and St. Thomas’s Church, New York, until 1912.

Municipal organist, Portland, Maine, since 1912 (first organist engaged directly by a municipality in the United States).

Works

  • Other Work

    • Composer: Message from the Cross (cantata). Little Almond Eyes (operetta). Swords and Scissors (operetta).

      Music to patriotic hymn, “America the Beautiful”. Organ pieces, etc.

Membership

Fellow American College Musicians.

Connections

Married Madeleine Goodwillie, June 2, 1896.

father:
Duncan Macfarlan

mother:
Eliza Macfarlan

spouse:
Madeleine Goodwillie