Brewer, John Hyatt
- William Osborne
(b Brooklyn, NY, Jan 18, 1856; d Brooklyn, NY, Nov 30, 1931). American organist and composer. He was a boy soprano in various Brooklyn and New York churches (1864–71) and studied organ and composition with Dudley Buck. He served as organist of several Brooklyn churches and, for the last fifty years of his life, of the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church. From 1899 to 1906 he taught at Adelphi College. An omnipresent leader of amateur choruses, Brewer conducted the Boylston, Brooklyn Hill, Damrosch, Flatbush, and Orpheus glee clubs, the Cecilia Ladies’ Vocal Society, and the Hoadley Amateur Orchestra. In 1903 he succeeded Buck as conductor of the all-male Apollo Club, having since 1878 served as its accompanist. He was also active as a recitalist and was a Founder, Fellow, and Warden of the American Guild of Organists. In 1914 Brewer received an honorary Doctorate of Music from New York University. He composed more than 200 works, including church and organ music, a string quartet, and several pieces of programmatic chamber music, an orchestral Suite in G minor (...