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date: 08 August 2020

Singenberger, Johannes Baptist [John B.]locked

  • Daniel Jay Grimminger


[John B.]

(b Kirchenberg, Switzerland, May 25, 1848; d Milwaukee, May 29, 1924). American teacher, composer, author, editor, and organist, born in Switzerland. Singenberger enrolled at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, to study composition with Carl Geith (cathedral musician at St Gallen). After accepting a teaching position in applied voice at the seminary in Chur, Switzerland, he established a Caecilian Society, an organization committed to historic Catholic music and liturgical practices (e.g., Gregorian chant and the polyphonic works of Palestrina). He completed his academic studies under Franz Xaver Witt at Regensburg. In 1873 he arrived in St. Francis, WI, to teach at the Catholic Normal School of the Holy Family, a position he held until his death. Soon afterward he founded the American Caecilian Society.

He edited the journals of the society and was a faithful promoter of Caecilian ideals. The journal Caecilia (1874–1965) was the society’s German-language publication, and ...

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