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date: 08 August 2020

Showalter, A(nthony) J(ohnson)locked

  • Joel F. Reed
  • , revised by Harry Eskew

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(b Cherry Grove, VA, May 1, 1858; d Chattanooga, TN, Sept 24, 1924). American music educator, publisher, and composer. He grew up in a part of the Shenandoah Valley with a rich shape-note singing tradition. His first music teacher was his father, John, who later sent him to the Virginia Normal Music School. He became a singing school teacher and an agent for the Ruebush-Kieffer Company. In 1884 he was sent to open a branch office in Dalton, Georgia, and a year later he started his own company there. The A.J. Showalter Company became the largest music publishing company south of Cincinnati. By the time it stopped publishing music in 1940, the company had sold six million copies of Showalter’s songbooks, hymn collections, and theory books. About 1885 Showalter established the Southern Normal Musical Institute, a school held in a dozen or more states that was attended by every gospel music teacher of prominence in the South and Southwest. Among his students were Jesse R. Baxter Jr., who, in ...

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