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composer , musician

William John Marsh, composer, musician. Member American Guild Organists. Honorary life.


Marsh, William John was born on June 24, 1880 in Woolton, Liverpool, England. Son of James and Mary Cecilia (McCormick) Marsh.


Student harmony and composition under J. Clement Standish and R. W.


Came to the United States, 1904, naturalized citizen, 1917. Organist and choir director St. Patrick’s R.C. Church. Teacher piano and organ.

Professor of organ, composition and theory Our Lady of Victory College (Fort Worth). Director Music Study Club Chorus. Men’s Glee and Women’s Choral clubs (Texas Christian U.).


  • Other Work

    • Composer: Praise and Thanksgiving (cantata), 1925. Sherwood, cantata (women’s voices). The Flower Fair at Peking (one-act Chinese opera, first opera to be composed and produced in state of Texas).

      “Texas Our Texas,” officially adopted state song of Texas. The Innkeeper of Bethlehem (pageant). Official mass for Texas Centennial.

      Queen Esther (dramatic cantata). Also ten masses, motels, anthems, etc. Winner first prize, San Antonio, for best song by Texas composer, 1921 and 1922.

      Winner double first, Dallas, 1929 (vocal and piano). Winner Texas Federation choral prize, 1929.


Member American Guild Organists. Honorary life; Clubs: Harmony, Euterpean (associate).


James Marsh

Mary Cecilia (McCormick) Marsh