- Ned Quist
(b New York, NY, March 7, 1883; d New York, NY, July 24, 1960). American composer and organist. As a child he studied piano under his father, Otto Deis, a trombonist. Later he studied piano with Alexander Lambert and Richard Burmeister and harmony with Abraham Wolf Lilienthal, and attended the National Conservatory of Music and the New York College of Music. From 1906 he was active as a choral conductor and vocal coach, teaching at the Peddie Institute for Boys, the Collegiate School for Girls, and the Veltin School. From 1917 until 1953 as an editor for G. Schirmer, he prepared numerous editions of choral, vocal, and chamber music. He also served as organist at the Society for Ethical Culture (1919–33) and at Temple Emanuel. He was member and governor of the Bohemians, an honorary member of the Laurier Club, and secretary of the Beethoven Association. As a composer, Deis is best known for his songs, among them “The Drums” (M. Irving), “New Years Day” (A. Tennyson), and “Were I a Star...