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William Wallace Gilchrist: William Wallace Gilchrist (b Jersey City, NJ, 8 Jan 1846; d Easton, PA, 20 Dec 1916).



William Wallace Gilchrist: American composer and conductor. The family moved to Philadelphia in 1855. Starting in 1865, he studied singing, the organ and composition with Hugh A. Clarke for three years. After a brief period in Cincinnati he returned to Philadelphia in 1874, and became organist and choirmaster at St Clement's Episcopal Church. Around 1877 he became organist at Christ Church, then moved to the Church of the New Jerusalem (Swedenborgian), where he served for many years as organist and choirmaster. Among the composition prizes he won were the Abt Male Singing Society Prize in 1878, the Cincinnati Festival Association Prize in 1882 for his setting of Psalm xlvi (judged by Saint-Saƫns, Carl Reinecke and Theodore Thomas), and three prizes awarded by the Mendelssohn Club of New York in the 1880s. Colleagues honoured him with six testimonial concerts between 1882 and 1916.



William Wallace Gilchrist founded the Philadelphia Mendelssohn Club, which he conducted from 1874 to 1914; he taught privately and at the Philadelphia Musical Academy from around 1881, and conducted the Symphony Society of Philadelphia from 1892 to 1899. In 1891 he founded the Manuscript Music Society, dedicated to the promotion and performance of music by local composers. The University of Pennsylvania awarded him an honorary doctorate in 1896, the year he became one of the founder members of the American Guild of Organists.



William Wallace Gilchrist was a serious, romantic composer whose works are thoughtfully constructed. Important American firms published most of the choral music and songs. The Philadelphia Orchestra performed his Symphony in C during its first season in 1901. He edited the Presbyterian Church's official hymnal (1895) and The Hymnal for Use in Congregational Churches (1902), and co-edited 17 widely used music readers.



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