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William Romaine Callender, musician.


Callender, William Romaine was born on August 16, 1857 in South Shields, England. Son of Edwin and Jane (Carr) Callender.


Educated Wright private school and Doctor Addison’s college preparatory school. Studied science at Mechanics Institute, and Marine School, South Shields, and at Literature and Philosophical Institute, Newcastle-on-Tyne. Studied piano, organ, harmony and composition under private tutors.


Came to Canada, 1876, to the United States, 1889. Editorial and publicity work for several years with J. B. Lippincott Company, Philadelphia. Also publicity work with Canadian rys. and Canadian Government.

Principal Metropolitan College of Music, Philadelphia, since 1900. Formerly director Haydn Orchestral Society and conductor Brantford (Canada) Philharmonic Society. Organist Grace Episcopal and Zion Presbyterian chs., Brantford.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Teachers’ Manual and Elementary Method (piano), 1911. Prison-Flower, Kermadec Romance (novels), 1912, etc. Composer pieces for organ, compiler and editor.

      Inventor of pneumatic and electric organ actions, automatic telephone exchange system, autographic piano recording and reproducing apparatus, etc.


Married Ella Cordelia Andrews, August 2, 1878.

Edwin Callender

Jane (Carr) Callender

Ella Cordelia Andrews