Kroeger, Ernest Richard
- James M. Burk
(b St Louis, MO, Aug 10, 1862; d St Louis, MO, April 7, 1934). American organist, composer, and teacher. He studied piano with his father and with Charles Kunkel. He served as organist at various churches in St Louis, including Trinity Episcopal (1878–85) and the Church of the Messiah (1885–1921). He was one of the founders of the American Guild of Organists in 1896. In 1904 he served as the Master of Musical Programs for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. In 1915 he was elected to the National Institute of Arts and Letters. He taught and lectured at schools in St Louis and elsewhere, and contributed articles to various periodicals, including Kunkel’s Musical Review. Among his numerous compositions are the symphonic poem Mississippi, Father of Waters (first performed on 19 February 1926), a String Quartet, and several chamber works with piano, as well as some 175 piano pieces and 80 songs....