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date: 17 November 2019

Jepson, Harry Benjaminlocked

  • Vernon Gotwals
  • , revised by Judi Caldwell

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(b New Haven, CT, Aug 16, 1870; d Noank, CT, Aug 23, 1952). American organist and composer. The son of a music supervisor in the New Haven public schools, Jepson graduated from Yale University in 1893; the following year, after further studies in piano, organ, and composition, he was awarded the BM degree, and in 1895 he became Yale University organist. Between 1899 and 1909 he made five trips to Paris to study with Widor and Vierne. His career centered around Yale University, where he remained until his retirement in 1939. He was first a composition pupil and then a faculty colleague of Horatio Parker. He directed the Yale Chapel choir in Battell Chapel and presided over the enormous Woolsey Hall organ, which by 1929 had four manuals and 230 stops. Jepson toured extensively in his early years. His published organ compositions were much admired when they appeared: ...

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