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Marilynn J. Smiley

(b Harmony, ME, June 14, 1850; d Medfield, MA, Nov 30, 1929). American tenor, composer, voice teacher and organist. By 1860 Bartlett was studying singing in Boston with excellent teachers and later in London with William Shakespeare. This launched a very successful career as tenor when he returned to the United States. Bartlett served as soloist in the Arlington Street Church in Boston (25 years), the Harvard Church in Brookline, and the Plymouth Church in Worcester. He also sang in quartets (Lotus Male Quartet, Albion Quartette), in operas and operettas (touring the country with the Booth-Barrett Company and playing the leading role in H.M.S. Pinafore), and with touring concert companies (Camilla Urso, 1875–6, Sauret-Carreño in the early 1870s, and Barnabee in 1878). He was regarded as one of the leading teachers in Boston for 30 years (1896–1926), Worcester (c1901–18), and Medfield, MA, where he married Alice Hamant Austin and lived the last 33 years of his life as a composer, singer, conductor, gentleman farmer, and highly respected citizen. One of the numerous prolific American art song composers of his time, he also wrote sacred solo and choral music, part songs, and cantatas. His most successful piece was ...